Is ethics a speed-breaker for scientific discovery?
The two things he [Immanuel Kant] is referring to are curiosity and morality. Humans deal with curiosity by dreaming up ideas and pursuing them till they create reality and this is commonly called science. Morality is a little trickier, it is dictated by an individual’s internal compass; one that sways side to side trying to decide the right thing. Aspiring to understand and control the moral compass came the field of ethics. However, morality and curiosity don’t always go hand in hand. They often fight each other, with ethics trying to reign in science, creating conflict between the scope of discovery and the compromise in humanity. This brings about the question – Is ethics a speed breaker for scientific discovery?
This essay analyses historical and current context, discusses the widely acclaimed documentary on Elizabeth Holmes, and functions as a thought experiment to discuss how philosophical arguments can be twisted to fit certain view points.