Friday, March 23, 2012

Freaky Friday #5 – Science and Technology

Science, by its very nature, tries to bring out the best in men. It allows our labor to become more efficient, and creates new forms of recreation and stimulation (for your mind, shut up). So, if this is the case, then why are so many people flat out scared of science and technology? Is it the creeping and insidious notion that true privacy is a thing of the past? Is it that our new AI driven robotic overlords will look at us as inefficient and illogical meatbags? Or are they simply afraid of change?

Boom goes the 50,000 kiltons of dynamite!
The problem is that it doesn't just make our lives easier, it makes the work of cruel and despicable humans more efficient as well. We know how to ignite the very elements, and using a hydrogen bomb, create a micro scale star over a city or nation. We have created a reset button on existence, and men like Rick Santorum are the ones who hold their finger over the button. This is a significant part of the fear, but due to our biology, we as people can't fathom it actually happening.

More than anything, people are afraid of technology and science because it lifts the veil on their perceptions. It rules out the basis of significant ideologies with cold and overbearing fact. It reminds them that they are simply a mass of atoms, no different in composition than the diamond on their finger, hurling through space on a rock spinning at nearly 1,000 miles per hour, orbiting a fireball that is one million times the size of this planet. That we are only as microbes to this planet, and that our planet is as insignificant as a single atom on the universal scale.

Are you feeling insignificant yet? Does that full inbox seem a little less important now? It should. The fact is, our apelike brains still have trouble grasping the immensity of existence, so many compartmentalize the truth. In order to cope with the universe as it is, they put up mental barriers to fact. They view anything that moves against these walls as a personal attack, and feel the need to reinforce their preconceived notions through confirmation bias.

It's an understandable reaction, to ignore their fear, but probably not the right one. After all, it is science that has allowed us to touch the our feet on other celestial bodies. To treat and often beat cancer. To let me inject myself every week with a concoction made of hamster cells so that a protein in my blood can be regulated. As much as science breaks down the world we knew, it builds up the world we want to create.

20,000 years ago, language didn't exist in such a way for this article to exist. 500 years ago it would have been relegated to small printings, probably rejected as heresy. 15 years ago, dial up users would have been afraid to leave their AOL home page to find it, and 5 years ago, it wasn't accessible by phone. Now, by crossing space time and a massive network of wiring and servers, tell me what you think. Hit up the comments section below, give me your take on all of this.
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