“The jigsaw puzzle gets put together efficiently and properly only if the players are open with one another and behave as honestly [and ethical]as they can.”- Henry Bauer
In Prof. Lacanilao’s paper, it is focused on the upgrading of the standards of the research and development in the Philippines. This matter is also discussed in Science, Guided by Ethics, Can Lift Up the Poor of Freeman Dyson. But the emphasis here is on ethics.
Science is said to be objective at all times. But if we look at it in a deeper way, it is actually a “human, social activity.” Prof. Bauer observed that:
“Among the things we know about human beings is that they – meaning we, all of us – don’t see the world directly, we “see” an interpretation of what our eyes and their nerves signal to the brain. It’s the same with intellectual signals or information: we “see” the data through the distortions of our beliefs and preconceptions. We tend to see what we expect to see and want to see and we’re very apt to overlook things that we don’t expect or want to see.”
In relation to Dyson’s article, since science has a tendency to be subjective, it is really important that it is regulated with ETHICS. Dyson gave Green and Gray technology as the layoff of the real concern, which is ethics. I appreciate his illustrations and examples. With all the situations given in both gray and green, it just point out that “with understanding comes the ability to exploit and control.” That is why he ended up saying that science and technology must be guided with ethics.
Somehow, Lacanilao’s and Dyson’s are the same. Lacanilao focused on research, which requires ethics referred by Dyson. After reading the both, I appreciated science and technology further. And of course, I also acknowledge the need for it to be properly communicated with the public. Lacanilao said that “there is no better alternative for industrialization than advanced science and technology.” But then, science and technology could not do it alone. As mentioned, it has to be “advanced,” meaning it must be properly researched and guided with ethics.
We must not bypass science because actually, it really contribute a lot for the country. Just like how Bauer put it, “if most of us choose the ethical thing, then science will continue to prosper. If too many of us cut corners, then science can come to a dead stop.”