On Tuesday we were faced with the question, what are we doing with science now that we will look back at in fifty years and be unnerved by? This was in response to the discussion on America’s history surrounding eugenics. Where I was headed with my comment was Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). There is research on the long-term effects of GMOs, some which say that the altered food is causing cancer. I was always on the side that there were hundreds of thousands of people starving everyday and if there was something we could do to keep them from starving we should. Our discussion however, made me sit back and think. Am I making/supporting rash decisions in response to this epidemic, and will I someday sit back and be saddened by what I was able to justify?
Let me say, I don’t know where I am on this debate, but I appreciate the discussion because it is causing me to dig further into the issue and better understand the arguments. There are so many fiercely debated topics in science, what are we willing to justify for the betterment of society. Are there any scientific debates that you were firmly on one side of and now look at differently?