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Science versus society

Science and society is relevant not only to today's world. Even though science is a systematic body of knowledge, the way it is acquired is itself as indispensable part of the definition.

Repeated encounters and experiences of similar nature must have been the basis of the earliest hypothesis made by man and it must have again been experience that would have led to the confirmation or rejection of the hypothesis. This must have been rudimentary experimentation based on and supported by informed but real procedures.

Of course all this would imply that there is something innate in the human mind, which makes science possible.

Essentially it is that something, which makes civilisation possible, which makes all such endeavour and the achievements possible as reflect the highest wages of the human mind for making by richer and better.

Though the theme of science and society is as old as human life itself, its relevance and importance have registered and phenomenal increase in the last 300 years.

The reason is not far to seek. Modern science is also roughly the same age. Its far-reaching discoveries and inventions have hastened the pace of history and social and economic changes have not been able to match the strides made by science.

What happens it that some gifted individuals through sheer love of knowledge and curiosity succeed is finding new things out. This is what called the pure science.

The ideal relationship between science and society will be one where man's mental outlook and attitudes where constantly keep pace with the technological changes brought about by the use of the discoveries of science.

Such an eventuality does not seem anywhere within our reach at the moment.

Ramya K, VIII
Chennai: New Prince Matric H.S. School, Ullagaram

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