Should scientists continue to develop Antiatoms and Antimatter?
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I"ll go straight into my first argument; Research into antiatoms and antimatter will not solve the problems humanity is facing right now.
Like some nice commenters have stated, some references for your claims would be appreciated, since I think you might have some misconceptions concerning the topic. The first one being the inclusion of antiatoms in the motion, since doesn"t antimatter by very definition already include it? That aside the whole idea of energy production through annihilation doesn"t make sense. While it is true that energy is released it requires the same amount of energy (laws of conservation of energy) in the first place to form antimatter. However if all this could be forgiven the reality is that antimatter is not the fastest or most efficient way of producing energy. Furthermore the branch of research that involves antimatter is unlikely solve any other of the great problems humanity is facing at the moment such as disease and hunger. Even the cosmological value it holds is limited and for the sake of humanity we should prioritize other fields of science.
What I"m saying is that all science is not born equal. The words: could, might and possibly are words that are common to all of science, and rightfully so. Science is all about making new discoveries or deepening our understanding of old ones. In an ideal world we would have unlimited resources to peruse all branches of science. However in the real world it would sadden me to see the limited funding and brain power directed down wild goose chaises such as using antimatter for energy, all the while funding could be going into fusion reactors, which is more likely to result in solving the energy crisis the world is moving into.
While I acknowledge that basic scientific research is still important, right now we live in the age of applied sciences. Right now we have enough of the basics down. Now is the time we start using that knowledge to solve the problems we face together as humanity. Therefore it is vital for the time being to redirect funding towards fields that are more likely to solve problems. Hopefully as I have demonstrated antimatter research is not one of these fields.
CLJohnson forfeited this round.
I take it since you forfeit the last round I win the debate?
Yes, no, maybe?
Since I'm short on time, I'll just recap quickly.
Antimatter research as it is now, doesn't show any reliable future where it could solve the problems that we are faced with before they have been escalated beyond repair. Right now we need to focus on other science.
Sorry for keeping it so short and boring, but i really don't have time.
I'm fine with having new arguments in the third round.
CLJohnson forfeited this round.
Anyways sad it didn't go further :(
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