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  • War is horrible.

    But there is no denying the scientific progress that results from war. Airplanes would not have been advanced if not for war, we wouldn't have had penicillin until the 1970's, and and power plants exist because of the Manhattan project. War is a huge waste of raw resources and money, and even the knoledge gain doesn't balance it out.

  • Technologically Speaking, Yes

    Leaving out the issue of morality, war creates a demand for technological innovation that otherwise would not be fostered under conditions of peace. For instance advances in aviation flourished between the 1930s & 1990s due to a constant state of competition between superpowers which opened up funding for projects which otherwise would not have received a green light. Likewise, the strives made in nuclear energy might not have been possible without the atrocities of the atomic age. No one wins in war, but much of the technology we have at our disposal today is a direct side effect of wartime innovation

  • Evolution requires competition

    War is merely a form of the evolutionary arms race going on between living organisms. Without such forces, the drive to out compete rivals for resources would stop, so would the arms race. It is the forces of war that took mankind from bronze to ballistic missiles, which makes space travel possible. Alternatively we could evolve into kiwi birds, whom without natural predators have lost its wings altogether, which now is an endangered species. Lets not hope the human species end up like the kiwi at some point.

  • Yes, depending on the definition of progress

    If we define progress as social and scientific change, then there is no question that war is a primary contributor and facilitator of progress. Yet what must also be understood is how without war progress would be at a near standstill. Imagine if every war stopped. We solved all international disputes, solved world hunger, saved the planet from climate change, insured that zombies will never take over etc. Everyone on earth is happy and satisfied. There is no need to change. Progress would be unnecessary. This philosophy of course indicates that human beings from the beginning of mankind must have had disputes and been unhappy. If humans were unhappy with the world even before society existed then it would seem humans can never really be satisfied, therefore war will always exist and through that progress for better or worse.

  • War spurs progress, but to what end is the problem.

    We are mistaken in referring to progress as one entity. It must be divided into two, at the very least: social (its human and humane aspect) and technological (innovation and knowledge). Alone, these two aspects can be quite useless - sometimes destructive. The technology of radios, submarines, transistor/semiconductor (leading to advances in the invention of the computer), the creation of highways (in case of a home invasion - thankfully, not used for that reason yet), medicinal creations, and even the playful snorkel were invented or witnessed progress in war time, and these all were researched for destructive applications. Thus we know that technological progress is useless without its counterpart: social progress, which creates peaceful goals. War is not always progress in itself for society; but often it jolts us to the destruction caused by chaos and disunity. It shows us what hate can do - and that knowledge by itself creates social progress, the idea that we must cooperate to live, to strive, and to move forward. War is quite like making a mistake (and a very grave one). It is useless without a lesson learned from it; useless if repeated for its same reason; regrettable, always, and yet out of it many things may be learned.

  • Yes, Innovation Comes because of War

    Sadly, innovation does often come through war. Competition with other countries for better weaponry often forces scientific innovation. The discoveries often have peace time applications and benefit all of us. The Internet itself was part of a larger project to connect agencies for war time communications. And now it connects the world.

  • Wars Would Never Create Progress.

    Millions of people dying in Civil wars isn't worth a few technological advances. I think with peace we would have still created radars and fighter planes in secret, who knows when we are not going to need them? War leaves many people homeless and decreases morale all over the world. STOP THE FIGHTING!

  • Wars Would Never Create Progress.

    Millions of people dying in Civil wars isn't worth a few technological advances. I think with peace we would have still created radars and fighter planes in secret, who knows when we are not going to need them? War leaves many people homeless and decreases morale all over the world. STOP THE FIGHTING!

  • Wars don't contribute to progress

    There is only destruction in wars, many lives are lost and a lot of property are destroyed. No one wins in wars, there is no positive progress in wars except progress in lowering the human population. It really depends on what type of progress but in wars, there is usually no positive progress from it.

  • No way to wars contribute to progress

    All wars cause is more divisions, more fighting, more debt, more losses of life, injuries, and more poverty. They do not do anything good for anyone except those who in power who gain finanicially and politically from war. They are the only benefactors, no one else gains anything at all, and in fact everyone else loses considerably. So I don't think wars contribute to any progress at all, just more regression.

  • Broken window fallacy

    Wars do not contribute to progress. The broken window fallacy is, in short, the belief that breaking a window ultimately helps the economy because someone has to be paid to replace it, who then has more money, and so on. However, it's a fallacy-- resources are consumed for no real benefit, and there is no net progress. War is the same way. It's a destruction of resources, land, and lives, for no real gain.

  • Wars Lead to Moral Decline

    It depends on how you define progress. Wars are the worst moral decline known to mankind. Wanton killings on both sides of a conflict are horrible. Lives are ripped apart and chaos ensues. The only kind of progress that a war may lead to revolves around technology. Without wars, we wouldn't have radar, rockets or jet engines.


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