Science and technology are responsible for all the advancements in our society. Science is the word which is used to refer to an effort to discover and increase the understanding of humans about the physical world. On the other hand, Technology deals with use and knowledge of tools and crafts to control the environment.
These are both very important fields which have advantages as well as disadvantages for our Society.
The advantages are as follows:
- Science and technology has helped create a better world.
- It has helped in making the manufacturing and other industrial processes easier.
- It has helped in developing medicines and facilities that have improved the lives of human beings.
- Science and technology has helped humans live a safer and secure life.
- It has helped in improvement of lifestyle.
- It has made communication, transportation easier.
The disadvantages are as follows:
- Too much industrialization due to science and technology has degraded the environment.
- Developments in science and technology has made humans very dependent on it.
- Human beings have become more isolated from each other.
People have gotten too lazy and defendant on everything.. Kids don't want to go outside anymore because they can just play games or watch tv, the internet has made everyone lazy and is encouraging people to stay at home more like order movies from home, order clothes from home, even order pizza from home.. How nuts is this!!
Reality is what really exists in the universe, irrespective of whether our senses can perceive it or not. In fact, our sense perception is so poor as compared to the gigantic mysteries of the universe, that it would be no exaggeration to say that our senses can perceive less than one percent of the actual universe!
However, with the advancement in science and technology, the human perception of the reality has improved by leaps and bounds.
With the fine resolution of the microscope our vision could now see the invisible world of micro organisms. With the powerful telescopes and space satellites we could perceive much beyond the naked eye. Likewise, many other innovations have improved the perception of reality.
Nevertheless, there is a greater reality beyond this so called reality and that is, the true nature of a human being. The eternal truth that each human being is equal to every other human being. That is to say, WE are ALL children of the same GOD. This reality, unfortunately,the science and technology has failed to make us see!
As far as technology goes, it's had a helping hand in keeping businesses running, faster communication, access to information and knowledge, etc. As for as the negative effects, kids are growing up learning to communicate through technology rather than on a personal level. This can hurt them when being interviewed for employment, meeting a boy or girl friend's parents, every day people to people issues such as grocery shopping or going to the bank, and things of this nature. It has had a positive as well as a negative effect on communication.
Three words, clarity, understanding and vision. Science and technology are portals through which human perception evolved and continues to evolve. It is our perception of what happened, how it happened and why it happened that govern the laws of reality which again is the result of the understanding of the three dimensional queries of our perception. It is science and technology that have given us this free hand in finally putting a finger on some of life's greatest mysteries.
The human perception is a funny thing. In the early times gravity was not known and hence had no need or importance. However now that we understand it, the reality of gravity has opened up so many venues of science be it weather or how much thrust a rocket needs to propel itself into space. In recent times the advent of the internet technology has created more opportunities and closed distance in the blink of an eye. Thus the human perception of distance and time are not bound anymore by the classic matrices of miles or hours.
Science put man into the driver's seat and technology is what drives him around.
All knowledge alters our perception of reality. The only way that we can properly reason and think about things is through language. (take the Inuits for example, when English-speakers see ice, we see ice, but the Inuits have 18 different words for ice and snow since it is such an integral part of their daily lives, so they can tell the difference between 18 different types of ice and snow) So when scientist discover and discern different parts of reality it changes our perception of everything. Since the discovery of DNA, atoms, quasars, al things nuclear and radioactive, we have had major additions to not only our language but to the way we think and perceive the world around us. So since any new scientific discovery has the potential, and is rather likely, to change the way we see the world in major and life altering ways it could easily change the way we perceive the world. For instance take a simple matter like smoking cigarettes in the 20's doctors thought it was good for you, so smoking was a pleasure, society approved when they saw someone smoking and it bothered hardly anyone. But now because of scientific research we know that smoking is bad for you. So when you see people smoke, or if you smoke there are negative reactions, and more negative ways of viewing the word. (I'm not of course advocating cigarette smoking just an example)
It greatly affects our perceptions in that it alters our beliefs, thoughts and feelings. One study I encountered was talking about the effect of hearing news on perception of human nature. The result of the experiment showed that the ones who heard the good and the bad news had their perceptions be altered.