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Resistance To Science Theories

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Zoeann Wathen

on 29 January 2015

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Transcript of Resistance To Science Theories

"Ethics, sometimes known as moral philosophy, is a branch of philosophy that involves systematizing, defending and recommending concepts of right and wrong conduct, often addressing disputes of moral diversity." (5)

Ethics also play a big part in scientific resistance. Whether it is the view of a single person or a group of people, Ethics uses moral right and wrong to sway peoples views on the matter.

Downs Screening
Science and medicine now has ways to screen pregnant mothers to see if their baby might have downs syndrome. "Down's syndrome, also known as Trisomy 21, is caused by the presence of an extra (third) copy of the chromosome number 21" (6)

This screening gives mothers a chance of abortion if their baby was flagged with the gene. Some people believe that abortion is wrong and against God and their own moral values (Pro-Life) .

Some people also think that screening for downs syndrome can evolve into screening for cosmic properties and even genetic modifications.
MMR Vaccine
The MMR vaccine controversy centered on the 1998 publication of a fraudulent research paper in the medical journal The Lancet that lent support to the subsequently discredited claim that colitis and autism spectrum disorders could be caused by the combined measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. (7)

Even though the Doctor who wrote the research paper has been proven wrong by many extremely large studies, all over the world. There are still people all over the world that won't vaccinated their children. This is very dangerous and some children are allergic to the vaccine and rely on something called herd immunity to protect them. Herd immunity means that even the unvaccinated child rely on the 'herd' or the people around them to be immune to the viruses.

Faith & Religion
Faith and Religion play a big part in scientific resistance. Most of the time they go against scientific theories as the both have conflicted views on subjects.

"Science and religion generally pursue knowledge of the universe using different methodologies. Science acknowledges reason, empiricism, and evidence, while religions include revelation, faith and sacredness." (1)

Some religious schools, such as Roman Catholics, even have studies of science taught alongside their religious teachings.
Theory of Evolution
The Theory of evolution went against many religions beliefs about the biblical creation story.

In the bible the creation story states that God created the universe in seven days. Scientists have now proven some things that happened at the Big Bang, the creation of our universe and the formation of the earth.

"God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them." (2) Archaeologists discovered fossils which show the changes over time. Scientist used this to confirm their theories.

"Public acceptance of scientific facts may be influenced by religion; many in the United States reject the idea of evolution by natural selection, especially regarding human beings. Nevertheless, the American National Academy of Sciences has written that 'he evidence for evolution can be fully compatible with religious faith,'' a view officially endorsed by many religious denominations globally." (1)
"Euthanasia refers to the practice of intentionally ending a life in order to relieve pain and suffering" (3).
Euthanasia laws vary from country to country. In some places it is considered illegal

Some people with terminal illness chose to end their life without suffering can do it with doctors permission. People who cannot make the decision for them selves, the decision is made by the family and by their doctor.

Even though Euthanasia is not a recent scientific theory or discovery, the technology and procedures are ever changing. Yet there are still many people against it.

Many religions are against euthanasia as they believe it goes against will of God and that human life is sacred. The Roman Catholic church, for example, is one of the most active organisations in opposing euthanasia. (4)

Other religions believe that as "god is the one who gave life he is the only one that can take it away" (4). Yet irrelevant of religion or beliefs people should never judge as they do not know how that person feels choosing to end their life.
Faith & Religion
For things like euthanasia or vaccinating your children against MMR, it is still your choice to chose. But you still have to put yourself in someone else shoes or think of others, as you do not know what situation the person who chose the right to end their life with dignity. Or by not immunising your child against MMR you could make a child allergic to the vaccine or someone with suppressed immunity very ill.
Resistance To Science Theories
It doesn't matter if you have religious beliefs or disagree because of your own personal views. The choice to believe in the creation story or in the scientific evidence, is your own option. It is also your own choice to have your baby screened for down's syndrome.
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