Essay #3: Science and Democracy

Michio Kaku presents us with a multitude of concerns about the use technology.  After reading Physics of the Future, any person of reason and understanding should comprehend the wide sweeping ramifications of even the smallest actions.  However, doing nothing will yield disastrous results of differing types.

Kaku does not shy away from scientific pursuit.  He has full confidence in the fields and people working in those fields.  With time, effort, funding, and patience on the part of society, he feels we can conquer all obstacles.  His optimism is clear.  Still, there are significant problems to deal with. This is where you come in.

The democratic process is at the heart of our class, the college experience, and certainly the nature of argument as I have presented it to you.  In Visions: How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century, Kaku writes, “Ultimately society must make democratic decisions on whether or not to restrict certain kinds of technology” (261).  Using the information in Physics of the Future, and what you have learned in class, write a 6-8 page paper that addresses Kaku’s point about society and technology.

You can address the biotech, the use of fossil fuels, risky environmental experimentation, weapons research, space exploration, or any other endeavor that may bear restriction as a democratic society might see fit to do.

Here are your basic requirements:

  • MLA format
  • Times New Roman 12 point font
  • 6-8 pages (6 full pages is the minimum)
  • 2 substantive quotations from Physics of the Future
  • Two additional sources, quoting from each at least twice

DUE DATE: 11/20/12 (This is the week of Thanksgiving, so prepare accordingly. I have had many complaints about having a paper due afterward, so be aware that you need to turn this in prior to the break.)

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