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worst phrase ever.

"the right balance between science and ethics"

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srakkt
Aug. 4th, 2005 08:45 pm (UTC)
That makes me want to puke.
(Anonymous)
Aug. 4th, 2005 09:04 pm (UTC)
Hmm. It's hard to say what might have been meant without more context.

I think in most cases when science and ethics are in contention, ethics wins. At least, in US science getting federal money, which is most of it.

Perhaps "balance" isn't the right word. But don't think that there's not interesting science that would be unethical to do.
firstfrost
Aug. 4th, 2005 09:05 pm (UTC)
oops
Sorry, I seem to have gotten logged out when I wasn't paying attention. This is me.
fyfer
Aug. 4th, 2005 09:08 pm (UTC)
I feel like they're on two different axes. Maybe they're not totally orthogonal, though.
crs
Aug. 4th, 2005 09:09 pm (UTC)
My problem with the phrase is that the speaker has put these two concepts on the same axis, at opposite ends.
abce
Aug. 4th, 2005 10:20 pm (UTC)
While I also have issues with it, the phrasing doesn't necessarily men that the are on opposite ends of a spectrum; I see security and usability often used in that phrase.

It's shorthand for "We could ignore ethics and just push science for its own sake, or be so concerned about the implications of anything that we do nothing. Instead, let's find the balance between advancement of science and ethical implications."

I assume this is about Snuppy; I alwasy find it amusing that the cloning argument never focuses on the host-parents (100 dogs were implanted with 1000 embryos to get one viable clone).
gentlescholar
Aug. 4th, 2005 10:12 pm (UTC)
I suppose I could imagine or contrive a zero-sum competition circumstance between science and ethics, but really, it's contrived. Like if my only interest in medicine is a morbid curiosity about how long certain newly discovered chemicals would take to kill human beings.

Does the context redeem the phrase at all?
navrins
Aug. 4th, 2005 11:11 pm (UTC)
I share your pain, even with the context.

But no surprise.
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