Technology - the application of knowledge discovered through the pursuit of Scientific
investigation has enabled us to invent many wonderful things.
We can have a video chat on our computers with our family across the world, watch
500 different satellite TV channels, generate three dimensional objects in plastic
using a gadget like a printer, visit a station in space, incubate premature babies,
restore vision to the blind and hearing to the deaf. If men from the middle ages
could be transported into today they would think these things are ‘miracles’!
How many wonderful products has religion given us?
Do you want me to tell you?
Not a single one!
No tangible benefits at all!
Religions just give us different sects to belong to and argue with until a war starts.
Do we really
Gods in the
Trust in Science
- it really works!
Well, please send your list of products developed by religions to: email
BAD USES OF TECHNOLOGY
Of course, the power that Scientific knowledge grants us can be used for bad purposes
as well as good.
There are hardly any products or gadgets that are exclusively beneficial. For example,
the development of a life saving
vaccine requires the culturing of disease organisms
which could be used as a weapon by ill-intentioned
people. Even the apparently innocent cement, which
is used to build spires and arches such as those on
Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia (pictured), can also be
used to build an intercontinental ballistic missile silo.
Give me a pot of honey and I can make a bomb!
But Scientists cannot be held responsible for all
the ways the information they discover is applied. How something is used is the choice
of the user, not the inventor. Even early man, who may have possessed nothing more
sophisticated than a stick, was able to decide for himself whether he used it to
till the soil and sow seeds or to bash someone over the head. Uses are often determined
by politicians or individuals like terrorists; those are the people you should complain
to about bad uses of technology. Personally, on principle, I wouldn’t become a soldier
or work in an armaments factory; you must make up your own mind where you stand.
Alfred Nobel, inventor of dynamite, felt so guilty about the way he was described
as ‘The Agent of Death’ in his mistakenly premature obituary (it was his brother
who had actually died!) that he left funds in his will for prizes for those who confer
the ‘greatest benefit to mankind’. See:Wikipedia
Similar thinking has resulted in some fields of research, which could lead in dangerous
directions for society, not being pursued.
See? Scientists have good intentions!
Alfred Nobel (1833 - 1896)
Alfred succeeded in devising safe processes for the use of nitroglycerine which had
an unpredictable behaviour and had caused many deaths.
He ‘tamed’ it into two products, dynamite and gelignite, which greatly improved mining.