How do atoms work?

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How do atoms work?
« on: 18/05/2010 10:30:03 »
Hayley Fitzgerald asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Hello, Hayley Fitzgerald. i'm in grade eight at Sacred Heart College. in science we are doing a project on the atoms and the atomic structure, Neutrons and basically how they work.

Do you think the knowledge of atoms is good or bad?

What do you think?
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Offline graham.d

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« Reply #1 on: 18/05/2010 13:06:03 »
Hi Hayley. I think knowledge about atoms, and really knowledge in general, has to be good. Everyone should really strive to know and understand more of the world. Fortunately most people do, otherwise we would still be living in caves with a life expectancy of around 35 years.

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« Reply #2 on: 18/05/2010 20:09:54 »
Do you think the knowledge of atoms is good or bad?

Knowledge is neutral.  It is only the action that someone takes, making use of that knowledge, that may be described as good or bad.
...And its claws are as big as cups, and for some reason it's got a tremendous fear of stamps! And Mrs Doyle was telling me it's got magnets on its tail, so if you're made out of metal it can attach itself to you! And instead of a mouth it's got four arses!

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« Reply #3 on: 20/05/2010 18:15:10 »
Do you think the knowledge of atoms is good or bad?

Knowledge is neutral.  It is only the action that someone takes, making use of that knowledge, that may be described as good or bad.

Excellent point LeeE!!

But without that knowledge to begin with you are unable to act on it, good or bad.  So acquiring the knowledge is necessarily the first step.

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« Reply #4 on: 20/05/2010 23:58:24 »
People do not need knowledge to act badly and conversely, many ignorant people act very well.
...And its claws are as big as cups, and for some reason it's got a tremendous fear of stamps! And Mrs Doyle was telling me it's got magnets on its tail, so if you're made out of metal it can attach itself to you! And instead of a mouth it's got four arses!

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« Reply #5 on: 21/05/2010 19:44:18 »
Very true, but in order for a person to act on a specific piece of knowledge they must have it first. 

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« Reply #6 on: 22/05/2010 16:40:40 »
When they introduced lead in petrol they lacked the knowledge of the harm it would do.
Action in the absence of knowledge can be a bad thing too.
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