Observations

Every few years the secular Left is given the unenviable task of reminding us that we must allow science to lead us out of some pending disaster – overpopulation, nuclear proliferation, global warming, etc.

What makes this task more difficult is that invariably it was the advancement of science and technology that created the problem to begin with.

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8 Responses to Observations

  1. Nate says:

    Thats the result of asking the question: “Can we?” when you should be asking the question: “Should we?”.

    Your also forgetting that the left needs “fear” to survive. Homophobia, Xenophobia… invented things that imply it’s a fear not reasoned disapproval.

  2. jackhudson says:

    While ignoring things we should really be concerned about like terrorism, massive debt, over-reaching government intrusion into our everyday lives.

  3. Bettawrekonize says:

    I think advancements in technology also solves many of the problems that we and it creates. Cars are much more fuel efficient and put out much less pollution than they used to and as a result, even though there are more drivers, we now have cleaner air. Improvements in technology has improved how we direct, irrigate, and treat waste (which is good for us. We also know how to treat chemicals so that they are at least less of a harm to the environment before releasing them to the environment), it has reduced factory pollution emissions (technology being the case of such emissions of course), it has allowed us to more efficiently mass produce food (though the food is said to be nutrient deficient when compared to before), it has provided us with improved medication, etc…

    Yes, technology creates many problems (ie: the oil spill) but it also solves some of the problems it (and we) create (ie: hopefully learning how to better manage and prevent oil spills in the future?).

  4. Bettawrekonize says:

    “over-reaching government intrusion into our everyday lives.”

    I absolutely agree here, over arching govt intrusion into our every day lives (partly for corporate gain) is becoming a huge problem. It’s unfortunate. But that’s not to say we should ignore things like the environment.

  5. So you’re saying global warming is a problem that was caused by man-made pollution?

    Also, so what’s your point in this post? Should we hold science back? That would certainly help you out, but that the tools we use sometimes cause problems doesn’t strike me as a convincing argument for the curbing of their use.

  6. Nate says:

    Its true that our advancements have, more often than not, created problems that did not exist before their creation.

    If you accept that global warming is mostly manmade (you have to if you believe that we can or should fix it) than you have to accept that our scientific advancement is the cause.

    What horrors does science have for us in the future?

    Of course the problem with science, religion and everything else is people. Just people. Science didn’t do it people did.

    So no you don’t hold back science. You need to hold back people.

    (of course global warming might simply be a natural process with humans having little or nothing to do with it. The point remains valid.)

  7. jackhudson says:

    So you’re saying global warming is a problem that was caused by man-made pollution?

    I don’t necessarily dismiss the claim, to the extent it exists, that global warming is partly the result of human activity but for the purposes of this post I was just dealing with the claim as presented by those who want to propose solutions.

    Also, so what’s your point in this post? Should we hold science back? That would certainly help you out, but that the tools we use sometimes cause problems doesn’t strike me as a convincing argument for the curbing of their use.

    My point is that science shouldn’t be the final arbiter of how we live our lives, that it is as fallible an institution as any other human institution and should be understood in that light.

  8. Bettawrekonize says:

    technology being the cause, not case *

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