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Prompt # 1: Ethical Judgements Limit The Methods Available In The Production Of Knowledge In Both The Arts And Natural Sciences. Discuss.

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Prompt # 1: Ethical judgements limit the methods available in the production of knowledge in both the arts and natural sciences. Discuss.

There are many events past and present that are in the gray area ethically when it comes to the arts and natural sciences. These two areas of knowledge often have more controversy than any other area when it comes to the ethical treatment of everyone involved. This controversy leads to the issue of the extent in which being ethically correct holds a higher value in society than the acquisition of knowledge. Some would argue that it is far more important to be ethically correct in every aspect of life while others believe it should be evaluated on a ...view middle of the document...

With this debate, stem cell research has been put on hold in the United States. Stem cells would help many people who have chronic pain due to diseases like cancer or heart disease. Stem cells are the building blocks for any cells, which is why they are found in a 3-5 day old embryo. They can conform to any cell in the body, but cannot be reverted back to a stem cell. This makes it easy for the stem cells to turn into any cells in the body that have been damaged or destroyed by disease.

This debate is really close to those in my family and me. My older sister was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at the age of 12. I was 6 at the time, and she spent a lot of time in the hospital that year. In the years following, she has been in and out of the hospital in excruciating pain. As a sister, it is very difficult to watch your role model go through something so painful and not be able to help or understand what is going on. Her most recent flare up was in January of 2014. She went into the hospital, and they could not figure out what was wrong with her. Eventually she ended up in the best hospital in the world, and still nothing. During all of her endeavors, she came across a doctor that is conducting stem cell research on Crohn’s patients. Our family is at wits end trying to figure out what is wrong with her, and ultimately trying to make it so she can have a healthy life style that she had once long ago. I am not the one who is getting the stem cell transplant, nor the one giving the stem cells, but I am all for making every effort to help my sister. Many people would say this is unethical of me to be for stem cell research, but I do not believe it is unethical. To begin with, stem cells can be retrieved from more than an embryo, they can be in the umbilical chord too. If my sister were to go through with this procedure, she would be using the stem cells from my little brother’s umbilical chord, which were frozen. Second, I believe that life begins when the heart and brain are developed. At this point, the baby starts acting on their own accord, before that, the baby is surviving purely on its mother. Ultimately, for me, it comes down to not wanting to see someone suffer. If my sister could feel better, she would be able to enrich so many other lives. She is on a path that would help numerous others, but with her chronic pain, it is all she can do to get through the day. Having a stem cell implant would help regenerate her intestine and make it so she does not have as much pain, the only issue is that there is not much research being done since it is such a large topic for debate. This ethical debate has gotten in the way of helping my sister feel better since we live in the United States, and who knows how many others out there that ethical debates on medicine stop their chances of feeling better. It is hard for anyone who is in need of the aid stem cells would bring to travel to other countries searching for that relief.

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