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An Essay on the Science and Human Happiness

We are living in a scientific age. Science has given us a number of inventions and discoveries. Science is trying its utmost to contribute to the happiness of man. It has extended the horizons of human knowledge. It has added immensely to man’s capacity for work. It has helped him in the field of medicine. It has enabled man to delve deep into the ocean and to fly high in the air. It has enabled man to send rockets to the other planets. It has contributed to human peace and progress. It has also provided man with destructive weapons.

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Science has brought man nearer to man. It has abolished distance. Journeys which took months in the past are now performed in hours. Trains, buses and cars are all the inventions of science. The aeroplanes and spaceships are latest inventions. Baby moons travel at a speed of about 18,000 miles per hour. They go round the globe in an hour and a few minutes. Supersonic planes have come. They fly at a speed higher than 800 miles per hour. All these means of transport have made the travel easier. Now-a-days crossing the oceans, climbing the mountains, and traveling across the deserts involves no trouble. You have to get a seat in an aeroplane and the job is done. It takes practically no time. During a day time you reach any point on the globe with the help of a fast aeroplane.

More wonders await us in the field of communications. The telegraph, the telephone and the wireless enable you to talk to a man at the other end of the globe in less than a second. You have to spend time only in getting the connection. Otherwise the actual act of communication takes no time. Big business deals are made on the phone between merchants living in distant countries. Wireless sends S.O.S. messages and saves people from wrecked ships. Radio flashes the news to the world as-soon-as anything remarkable takes place. While sitting at home you can listen to what is happening in other parts of the world. You can control your business or armies while sitting in your room if you have a telephone set by your side. You need not shout to your subordinates. A whisper I the telephone carries your orders across the seas and across the frontiers guarded by the most powerful armies of the world.

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Science has given us many labor-saving devices. Steam and electricity are at our service. Steams pull our trains carrying thousands of tons of load. Electricity works our factories and lights our cities. It is proving helpful in every home. Our bulbs, electric fans, refrigerators, air-conditioners, cookers, radios, stoves, washing machine, iron press all work with the help of electricity. An electric connection is a boon to a family. It inaugurates the process of civilization. It changes very outlook of our hearts and homes. The electric motors move big machinery and thus help in production of huge quantities of essential commodities like cloth, sugar, flour, machinery etc. Electricity thus saves labor, time and money.

Science has come to our aid in our fight against diseases. It has enabled the surgeons to make operation safely. The development of antiseptic surgery is a boon to humanity. X-rays are another valuable gift. Penicillin and Chloromycetin are life saving drugs. Sulpha drugs have also been developed for the benefit of man. Plastic surgery has started repairing disfigured faces. Science is now providing eyes to the blind and ears to the deaf. Heart surgery is a wonderful development. Major operations are performed and the patient does not feel any pain. It is said, in future, during operations even blood will not flow and the wounds caused by operations will heal automatically and instantaneously. Radium treatment is a recent development; even incurable diseases like cancer seem to be within its control.

There is the other side of the picture. Science poses a great threat to the existence of mankind. It has its boons, but also a bane. It has led to the development of nuclear weapons. It has brought into being bacteriological warfare. Guided missiles, rockets and submarines may one day vomit death and destruction on mankind.

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Science has, in fact, let loose the demons of war for the destruction of mankind. All this can be avoided if good sense prevails. It is upto man to exercise self-control and not to use these destructive weapons. If this is done man will enjoy blessings of science and save himself from the incalculable harm, which its misuse may cause to him

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Books

This is the list of popular books on Science and Human Happiness.

  1. Principles of Human Happiness: The Science of Human Fulfillment by Greg Dowd
  2. Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness and Human Strengths by Dr. Alan Carr
  3. The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, Eric Swanson, and Daniel Goleman
  4. A Lecture on Human Happiness by John Gray
  5. Exploring Happiness: From Aristotle to Brain Science by Sissela Bok
  6. Aquinas on the Twofold Human Good: Reason and Human Happiness in Aquinas’s Moral Science by Denis J. M. Bradley

Ebooks

  • Science of Happiness.pdf download
  • New Science of Happiness Assignment.doc download
  • Chapter 1 Science And the Human Prospect.pdf download
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