“Despite Man’s Technological and Scientific Advancement, He Is Powerless Against the Forces of Nature.”

Topics: Science, Technology, Fermi paradox Pages: 2 (662 words) Published: July 23, 2013
My pacifism is an instinctive feeling, a feeling that possesses me because the death of men is abhorrent. My attitude is not derived from intellectual theory but is based on my deepest antipathy to every kind of cruelty, hatred and natural destruction. Science is a powerful instrument. How it is used, whether it is a blessing or a curse to mankind, depends on mankind together with Mother Nature and not on the instrument. I have two passions. One is a dedication to the world of science and technology. The other is the beauty of Mother Nature, to which I will commit all my life. Both passions involve journey’s of discovery. When the two paths meet, one of the great modern problems was exposed: how responsible is the World of science and technology for the consequences of their discoveries? I believe we have a moral obligation to increase the power and presence of technology in the world, but not everyone believes that — to put it gently. Many believe the opposite: that we have a moral obligation to reduce the power and presence of technology. There are four basic arguments against technology, with many sub-reasons. Technology should be reduced as much as possible because it is contrary to nature, to humanity, and to technology itself. Contrary to nature because technology is in opposition to nature. It is produced at the expense of nature because it destroys ecological habitats. Its steel is mined from the earth; its lumber is taken by cutting down forests; its rare metals dug from the ground; its plastics sucked from oil and then burned into the air. Its factories pave over wetlands or meadows. Worse this destruction of natural habitat can extinguish species, an act which cannot be undone (at least not yet). Even if technology halted the destruction of natural habitat, the fact that we consume large amounts of energy causes a disruption in the atmosphere, which alters the climate. The scale of technology is simply so large that almost no matter how...
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