Ethics has long been a stage for debate and contestation. Ethical guidelines have to be followed closely or the results could be disastrous, as in the Tuskegee study where Syphilis was allowed to spread and 128 men died. The purpose of this study was to see what would happen is Syphilis was allowed to spread. While this study is obviously unethical and would not be allowed to take place today, it raises the question of whether ethics can hinder a scientific study. The results of this study wouldn't necessarily have been found through other experiments. Even if there was a safe study that could be conducted that doesn't guarantee that there is an alternative for other unethical studies. For example, there are many studies involving fear and how people react under extremely stressful situations. It is very difficult to conduct studies that provide accurate results because most are considered immoral or unethical. I am not condoning unethical experiments and studies but simply voicing the idea that ethics can be a hindering factor in the scientific field. Some known unethical experiments such as the one conducted by Milgram have provided very useful knowledge and information. I am simply curious if a whole field of information isn't being discovered because of our ethical guidelines and principles.
The Dark Side of Ethics
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