Science is a body of knowledge and is always associated with scientific methods. Experiments were done to provide insight into cause-and-effect. But was there any limitations as to the degree of a certain study to be performed?
Going deeper in the world of science can sometimes lead to horrible creations. The way scientists pursue their knowledge can be devastating to anything that has life. There are various works of these “mad” scientists, though bringing us disapproval, that has actually brought a great deal for the medical world. Bryukhonenko’s autojector for example had paved the way for our modern artificial life-support machines, and White’s experiments in organ transplants helped us better understand the body’s physiological ability to adapt.
However, though these people may have a benevolent intentions, the way they acted about it brings danger which makes them unintentionally villains. That’s why there’s always a fear that science and technology might had gone out of control. Here’s some of the reasons why some scientific experiments were subjected to common human objections:
1. Induced Depression in Monkeys
Depression in man is a poorly defined entity. To better understand depression and how to medicate it, a very controversial experiment that uses baby rhesus monkeys as a subject was conducted. Psychologist Harry Harlow tried to induce depression to these monkeys by separating the infants from their mothers a few hours after birth. When Harlow placed his subjects in total isolation for the first eights months of life, they were permanently damaged. Harlow’s interpretation was that a lack of contact comfort is psychologically stressful to the monkeys and the digestive problems are a physiological manifestation of that stress. According to Harlow’s critics, clinging is a matter of survival in young rhesus monkeys, but not in humans, and have suggested that his conclusions, when applied to humans, overestimate the importance of contact comfort and underestimate the importance of nursing.