*This was a comment that I had made in class regarding our conversation with ethics and older scientific experiments that were done before the regulation of ethics in science. I love science and I love research. This comment is not to downplay the benefit that science and research have on humanity and the earth, this is more of a discussion about the topic in general.
The experiment with authority and obedience was a very beneficial study for science. However, the ethics of hurting another individual even if one individual is not aware of the deception involved, can create stress in such a manner that would raise biological and physiological symptoms inside of an individual. These affects happening to an individual by hearing the screams or yells of another individual can raise the heart rate, blood pressure, and create disruption in the brain due to certain types of chemicals being released that will create stress, anxiety, and possibly even fear. As human beings we are created to do no harm, that is why is certain neurological processes give us the option of flight or fight. We can choose to fight to save ourselves or someone else, or we can choose to run from the danger to again save ourselves or someone else. When these basic biological interactions within ourselves are met with conflict from an outside source they can create issues beyond just the physical. It could alter the sense of right or wrong and it could also alter the sense of trust. Therefore, creating not just in internal harm but an external harm that can come from an individual taking these mix thoughts and emotions and using them against others. Even for the sake of science, ultimately, we must consider the sake of humanity. Even a tiny advancement in science cannot risk the destruction of humanity. If science is being done with ethical concepts and guidelines to protect the sake of humanity, only then can we use it to benefit the sake of humanity.
Privitera, G. J. (2017). Research methods for the behavioral sciences (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications, Inc.