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Do scientists have a responsibility for the consequences from their discoveries?

  • Yes, scientists are responsible for the consequences from their discoveries.

    I believe that this statement is true. Scientists also should get their work patented before they leave it lying around. For instance, the creator of Agent Orange went to war BEFORE he patented it. Soon enough, someone found it and they turned into a harmful weapon for trees. He should of patented his idea before he went to war.

  • They're creating monsters.

    Yes, scientists still have a responsibility for the consequences from their discoveries, because they are doing things that effect the lives of many people. Scientists should always think about the purposes of their discoveries. If they invent something that hurts a lot of people, they are the one who made that possible.

  • Yes, scientists should have a responsibility for their discoveries.

    I believe that scientists should bear a sense of responsibility for their discoveries. I think that when a scientist makes a discovery, they should be able to decipher the type of consequences it may bring and be responsible for such outcomes that happen due to it. Scientists cannot bring stuff out to the public and pretend that it may not cause issues.

  • Yes, for the most part.

    There are things science can not really be blamed for. If a scientist finds a meteor heading directly for the earth, the impending explosion is not the fault of the discovering scientists. And some people are offended by the discovery of dinosaur bones in the name of religion. But a scientist who creates a virus that can kill a dozen people with one shot, the scientist is responsible for murder and should be held responsible.

  • Scientists Are Responsible

    Scientists should definitely be held responsible for the consequences of their discoveries. For example, if a scientist finds something that supposedly cures an infectious disease, but it has tremendous side effects ,he or she should warn the public of those side effects. In addition to this, if anything dangerous comes from the discovery, people can be hurt or damaged from using it.

  • Scientists have a responsibility for the consequences from their discovery.

    If a scientist makes an invention, they should get it patented before they do anything else. For instance, with agent orange, the inventor should of patented his idea before he left for war. Because he didn't, someone else took his idea and soon enough, a bunch of leaves are on the ground. It was his fault because he left for war too quickly.

  • Yes they do

    The scientist who invented the nuclear bomb killed the people who died in the explosion. Thereby, the scientist was responsible for the couple thousand deaths that occured. (although Einstien was sorry he invented it.) the scientists ARE responsible because they know the most and can stop them from getting further developed.

  • Scientist and inventors have the responsibility for there inventions.

    They are creating good or bad things. They make it and know more about it than any others. They have to know about there invention before they just go out and make it. I think that they have 100% responsibility for there thing because they made is there own invention.

  • Scientist and inventors have the responsibility for there inventions.

    They are creating good or bad things. They make it and know more about it than any others. They have to know about there invention before they just go out and make it. I think that they have 100% responsibility for there thing because they made is there own invention.

  • Scientist and inventors have the responsibility for there inventions.

    They are creating good or bad things. They make it and know more about it than any others. They have to know about there invention before they just go out and make it. I think that they have 100% responsibility for there thing because they made is there own invention.

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  • They are not.

    Ever feel that inventors or scientists get all the blame for their inventions or discoveries? Every decade things are invented or discovered. Those things are always double edge swords. This has been happening for all the years there has been man-kind, yet the question is always the same: who is responsible for those inventions? Scientists are not responsible for how their inventions are used because inventors can’t control everyone,inventors are for inventing things, not thinking about the effects of their invention, and inventions are always double edge swords.
    Scientists and inventors can’t control everyone. “In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.”- Eleanor Roosevelt. A perfect example of this is Google Earth: some people use it to get places and others use it to plan their next terrorist attack. Computers can be used for researching and writing essays but people also use it for cyberbullying. People use planes for traveling and transportation while others use them to drop bombs on to innocent people.
    Scientists are for inventing things, not thinking about the effects of their inventions. We all have to admit, phones are an everyday tool and without them it would be hard to call a buddy down the street or order a pizza from Froyo’s. It also can be used for cyberbullying but by using it carefully, it can be a great tool! Same thing with satellite tech: they are used for such diverse purposes as weather forecasting, television broadcast, amateur radio communications, Internet communications, and the Global Positioning System, (GPS). Terrorists can also use them to track down their target. Overall, satellite tech brings more good than harm. Zylkon B is a fertilizer but, it can also be used for poisonous gases used in gas chambers (WW2).
    Inventions and discoveries are always double edge swords. Take Agent Orange for example: it can be used for fast forwarding plant growth but it can also be used for killing plants and animals. TNT is a great example: it was used for a yellow dye until the full power was discovered. It is used as an explosive. Rockets, used for space travel and then they can be used for bomb transportation. How could I leave out the 3-D printer! It can be used for artificial organs, but, recently 3-D printers are also used for making firearms.
    Scientists are not responsible for how their inventions are used because scientists/inventors can’t control everyone; inventors are for inventing things, not thinking about the effects of their invention; and inventions are always double edge swords. We should know scientists aren’t responsible, because if we don’t scientists might stop publishing their inventions and discoveries and we wouldn’t modernize. Scientists aren’t,never were, or never will be responsible for their invention/discoveries. It’s the people who use their inventions fault/responsibility. There was a lot invented, there is a lot being invented, and a lot will be invented.

  • They are not!

    Scientists make their inventions for purposes that are not for evil and expect that people will use them for good. All scientists do is make the invention. They don’t misuse them and make the world a worse place. Scientists ,normally, are not evil (unless you are watching a science fiction movie). Agent Orange was supposed to be an invention that made plants grow faster, not an invention that killed countless trees and people.
    Scientists can’t control other people or predict what they will do with the invention. They can’t see into the future (yet). Arthur W. Galston did not intent for his plant growth invention to be used as one of the main ingredients for a toxic chemical known as Agent Orange. The inventor of gunpowder did not (and could not) guess that it would be used in one of the main firearms today to fight wars with. If scientists should be blamed, then they would never make any more inventions or discoveries.
    Inventors and scientists cannot arrest people. If people abuse the invention, inventors can’t send them to jail. They have no authority over them and only an officer can arrest people. They most likely couldn’t even catch them. If they called an officer, by the time he arrived the abuser would already have done something bad that couldn’t be undone.
    Scientists should not be responsible for their discoveries because the scientist made the invention for good purposes, scientists cannot control what people do with the invention that they bought, and if scientists see people abusing their inventions scientists can not arrest people. All of the reasons say that scientists should not be responsible for the bad outcomes of their inventions. The person who did the terrible things with the invention or discovery should be blamed. After all, the scientists and inventors only make their invention. They do not destroy the world with them.

  • Scientist are not responsible.

    If scientists were made responsible for how their invention was used then some inventions that already exist would still be in progress today. It is the police’s job to make sure inventions are not used for evil. Scientists are not responsible for how their invention is used because a scientist can’t control other people,if scientists didn’t publish their ideas the development of science wouldn’t move along, and scientists can’t predict all the bad ways an invention can be used.

  • Scientist are not responsible.

    If scientists were made responsible for how their invention was used then some inventions that already exist would still be in progress today. It is the police’s job to make sure inventions are not used for evil. Scientists are not responsible for how their invention is used because a scientist can’t control other people,if scientists didn’t publish their ideas the development of science wouldn’t move along, and scientists can’t predict all the bad ways an invention can be used.

  • Some people are uncontrollable

    The inventor can't control other people. If scientists did not publish their ideas, no one cold use them and the world would not grow or prosper like we do now. It is also hard to tell what some bad person might do with it. And their mind is set on the good things, not the bad.

  • Scientists and Inventors do NOT have the responsibility for the way their inventions are used.

    For one thing, you can't control other people, and scientists are no exception to this. For another, if scientists didn't publish their ideas, then our country wouldn't be able to move along and progress. Finally, not all scientists can tell if what they are making could or would be used for good or bad, just like Agent Orange.

  • It is not their job

    It is a scientist's job to find information, not make sure people use it right. If somebody filled a water gun with Agent Orange and killed someone with it, it would not be the inventor of Agent Orange or the inventor of the water gun's fault. It's the person who killed someone's fault.

  • It is not their job

    It is a scientist's job to find information, not make sure people use it right. If somebody filled a water gun with Agent Orange and killed someone with it, it would not be the inventor of Agent Orange or the inventor of the water gun's fault. It's the person who killed someone's fault.

  • It is not their job

    It is a scientist's job to find information, not make sure people use it right. If somebody filled a water gun with Agent Orange and killed someone with it, it would not be the inventor of Agent Orange or the inventor of the water gun's fault. It's the person who killed someone's fault.


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