There is a perception among some today that science is necessarily equated with progress because it is dedicated to advancing knowledge; but ethics is mostly about applying abstract ideals to questions whose answers should be clear to most people, and mostly just results leads to red tape and process-driven institutional review boards. If anything, for people who hold this view, the real purpose of “ethics” seems to be to impede science, progress and human flourishing.
Pickell, Travis, "Come Hell or High Water? Scientific Progress and Ethics" (2016). Faculty Publications - George Fox School of Theology. 408.
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