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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.

  • They have responsibility

    For example Frankenstein, That guy made his monster and let it kill many people including his brother and he did nothing about it. Scientists and inventors should be responsible about what they make and do with it, But they should not be responsible and sued for what other people do with their products. Like one guy bought a big pack of twizzlers each week and ate it all. Then he got a heart attack and blamed it on the twizzlers company. He was responsible for what he did not the company so the company should not be responsible for what he did. I agree with both sides but this one mostly because inventors need to be responsible for what their inventions do unlike what frankenstein did

  • They should be responsible

    THEY INVENTED IT, WAKE UP PEOPLE! WAKE up WAKE up wake oup wake up wake up wake up wake up everyone that vote no is half asleep zzzzzzzz thats them they go zzzzzzzzzzz all day and night wake UUUUUUUUUUUPPPPPPPPPPPPPP! Wake up you are dead if you say no. No is dum dum buble gum

  • Scientists may not know the consequences of their inventions

    When the scientist who found out you could split an uranium atom in half found out that it was used to kill thousands of people he was devastated because he had no intentions that it would do that so therefore he should not be held responsible although I do respect the other sides opinions

  • They weren't the ones that made the inventions evil.

    Scientists did not make their inventions evil. Others were the ones that made them evil. For example, They didn't just make the atom split in half to kill hundreds of thousands of people. THE MILITARY DID THAT! If you think about it, It will eventually make sense to you, Just like me.

  • No inventors should not be responsible for their inventions

    NO THEY SHOULD NOT BE RESPONSIBLE, They are just trying to help other people. I'm sure you make mistakes some of the time and so do other people. If they think something will work and it doesn't then it isn't their fault it was an accident. As long as it isn't on purpose, Nobody is trying to hurt anyone.

  • Not responsible, OK!

    Scientist almost never know the outcome of there inventions so they shouldn't be responsible. Plus if they got consequences we would less scientists because lots of them would be in jail like Thomas Edison he tried to prove that AC electricity was better than DC electricity and tried to prove it was more safe so he electrocuted pets that he stole from nearby residents.

  • Keep in mind, The hypothesis is not always right.

    If the scientist makes a incorrect hypothesis and some thing bad happens then I would say they are not inertly responsible, But if they think this could harm other people and it does they should be responsible. Say you give your dog a grape and it gets sick you didn't know that your dog would get sick so it is not your fault but if you knew that dogs can die by eating grapes and you still fed it a grape you are responsible. I would say experiments are usually only done if safe or if you have the gear for it to be safe this is why I say scientist are not responsible unless they knew it would harm others.

  • Shaping the world we know today.

    Scientist all over the world are helping countries grow to be more modern. Scientist should not have to pay the price for their inventions. For example, If lets say someone invented a new electronic, He/she should not have to pay the price of people getting addicted to that device. Or if someone invented a new car he/she should not have to pay the government a hole lot of money because it is harmful to the world around us.

  • They should not be blame......

    Scientists are here to make the world a better place and not in the intention of destroying it....The one who must be blame is people who misuse these invention....Live of many people are being saved by these invention..Such as the use of radioactivity in x-rays to find injuries inside the human body

  • Science is the search for the truth, for what exists. It's the study of what already exists but that we don't know of yet.

    Many of the ones that are in favor of this are confusing what the question is asking. Inventions and discoveries are two different things. To discover something with science is to find something that already existed, if you then make something out of it it's an invention. Scientists shouldn't be responsible for the what their discoveries cause. To put it simply, if you discovered a stone and told everyone, would it be your fault of someone decided to use it to murder someone? No, it wouldn't. That person decided to take that rock and murder, even if they didn't know of the Rock's existence they could've used their fists, a body of water, a branch.

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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.


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