Basic scientific research is often justified in terms of its ultimate practical application as well as on the basis of the importance of knowledge for knowledge’s sake. Both rationalizations are valid. Surely everyone can be excited by the basic research on radioactivity and its eventual application to the treatment of cancer. However, we also can be dismayed by the application of that same basic research in the development of atomic bombs. The sheer beauty and power of the theory of relativity excites those who master it. The elegance of the structure of the DNA model is impressive, as are the tremendous savings in life and human suffering brought about by antibiotics.
KeywordsBehavioral Science Atomic Bomb Human Suffering Basic Scientific Research Retarded Child
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