Emotions in the Acquisition of Knowledge What influence does emotion have in the pursuit of knowledge across the areas of knowledge, history, ethics and science? Furthermore is it good or bad? Knowledge itself is neither good nor bad; rather how one choice of approach on the intentioned use of that knowledge could be argued otherwise. Opinions on Emotions and Knowledge contradict each other when it comes to the decision whether or not emotions are good or bad depending on intentions under specific conditions, perspective and the given topic piece of the knowledge that is regarded.
This topic is far too ambiguous to be approached with a plain black and white direct answer. With multi-levels of complexity it must be approached with different approaches as well as perspectives making this topic very contradicting. Going through different areas of knowledge it will be quickly seen that those areas of knowledge are very closely interweaved next to each other sometimes branching off or overlapping with each other in topics.
Sometimes this helps argue for and with the other area of knowledge that it overlapped other times it will completely contradict the other area of knowledge. There is no such thing as “good” or “bad” knowledge neither is there such thing as “good” or “bad” emotions. The one believes the only thing that separates the “good” and “bad” in terms of emotions and knowledge is intention. What will that piece of knowledge be used for, how do they approach gaining that piece of knowledge may be seen from perspectives as good in some eyes, as in others it will be seen as bad.
In the sciences the only way to improve and enhance technology and knowledge is experimenting, only through experiments are you abled to get answers. Formulating more and more hypotheses only raise more and further questions instead of answers. Through trial and error is how knowledge is gained in sciences making it bound that certain things may be done incorrectly and unethically. In stem cell research to create stem cells it requires an embryo for developing the cells. The embryo is what sparked disagreements on the use of stem cells.
As many benefits come from stem cells such as they have a chance to cure many cancers, Alzheimer’s disease and degenerated tissues. In embryonic stem cell research what is most opposed by many people of society as well as religions is most often the claim embryonic stem cell research is “unethical”. The use of stem cells sometimes require the use of an embryo, using it takes away a “possible life” which is believed that no one has the right to take a life away from someone who hasn’t even had a chance to live yet.
Ethics is often linked with sciences often to contradict with discoveries in science constantly giving the boundary of what is right and wrong, what went too far and what could be further studied and experimented but that is what leads the motivation for science to continue in emotion to try and find ways around ethical restrictions and discover ways around and better solutions to medical technology.
In the Nobel Prize for biology 2012 is a good example of science finding an alternative to embryonic stem cells, they are now abled to use cells that are not embryos to create stem cells giving leeway around much of the past debates and opposition to stem cells. In this case it is shown that emotions influence in ethics are often good and bad, depending on the perspective and the specification. In this case the intention of the entire experiment was purely good to try and help save people in the future and improve medicines.
In contrast to good intentions that occurred in the previous example there are times when emotions affect the pursuit of knowledge in a bad way, mixing the areas of knowledge science and history, in Japan during the time of World War Two is fighting against China. They formed a scientific research bureau named Unit 731 meant for biological and chemical warfare research and development. Unit 731 resorted to human experimentation for a biological weapon to help them spread disease through the air or spray to help them try turning the tide of the war to favor them in everyway possible.
World War Two was a total war for Japan; therefore all industries were turned and focused on trying to win the war. It could be told from one perspective research and developments had the intention of trying to find a way to completely win the war they had on their hands. The consequences of losing a total war means paying a very high price as well as losing everything that was gained during the war. To protect their people and go by all means to win what they have started to keep the least suffering they had to go to extreme measures.
But most common opinions the existence of Unit 731 was going way too far and commonly known as unethical scientific experimentation stepping way over the boundaries of what should be allowed to be done to people in medicine and warfare as research objects or if they are even allowed to become objects. Strong emotions to win this war But then the ending question is “By who’s ethics are we supposed to judge if something is good or bad? ” this question is essential because it is Ethics that help a person judge right and wrong from each other.
Depending on the perspectives of whom are you trying to look at it from also gives a very important play in the decision of whether emotional influence in knowledge is good or bad. A human’s ethics are normally based off of what they are for people around them, their daily influence as well as what they grew up with from their loved ones they “inherit” those opinions and influences. Making this entire topic and answer too ambiguous to have a straightforward answer of yes and no.