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Society and the Progress of Scientific Inquiry

What impact has society had (or still have) on the progress of scientific inquiry? How does ethical or moral values affect research and the sharing of scientific information? How can this be resolved?

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1. What impact has society had (or still have) on the progress of scientific inquiry? How does ethical or moral values affect research and the sharing of scientific information? How can this be resolved?

Society norms and values either promote or stop the progress (aspects of it) of scientific inquiry. Although individual scientists or groups of scientists, for the advancement of science by independent initiatives, adjust themselves consecutively to the results achieved by all the others, society still shapes these initiatives, supports this initiative or vetoes these scientific initiatives. In fact, some scientific inquiry is highly ethical (considered right or wrong by certain groups in society, such as pro-life and pro-choice initiatives), which is especially susceptible to societal interventions. A recent example of society vetoing scientific inquiry is when ...

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This solution describes the impact that society had (or still has) on the progress of scientific inquiry, as well as how ethical or moral values affect research and the sharing of scientific information. It also discusses how this can be resolved.

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