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Science, technology and religion

  1. 1. Science, Technology and ReligionMan has made everything subservient to him through his intellect,scientific progress and reasoning, by arranging and manipulatingeverything around him. His ambitions thrive only on thissubordination. Appearance has become far more important to himthan the truth of being.He lost the eternal truth of the spirit andCreation in its basic elements, and has clung since earliest times tounrealistic doctrines of sects and cults. Due to his self-delusion, hevalued enslaving and false doctrines far more than all the laws andcommandments in their truth and wisdom.Man has lost hisknowledge of the most ancient truth and wisdom, namely, that he isthe criterion for all Creative things, in creation of Creations ownperfection within itself. We are turning our backs on faith,concluding that science has rendered the spiritual life no longernecessary, and that traditional religious symbols can now bereplaced by engravings of the double helix i.e. genome, the questionprevails whether man become the GOD ?.Both of these choices areprofoundly dangerous, both deny truth both will diminish thenobility of humankind. Many of us are under illusion man canconquer anything with science and technology.We need realisticpictures of what the future might bring in order to make sounddecisions. Increasingly, we need realistic pictures not only of ourpersonal or local near-term futures. I feel our life is an unpredictablejourney; predictability does not necessarily fall off with temporaldistance. It may be highly unpredictable where a traveller will be onehour after the start of her journey, it is impossible to predict thatafter five hours whether he will be at his destination. Many believe inhuman predictions with astrology, future readings with so many
  2. 2. occult sciences may turn to be true, but can never predict the eventsof tomorrow. While our knowledge is insufficient to narrow downthe space of possibilities to one broadly outlined future for anyhuman, we do know of many relevant arguments and considerationswhich in combination impose significant constraints on what aplausible view of the future could look like.Technological change is inlarge part responsible for many of the secular trends in such basicparameters of the human condition as the size of the worldpopulation, life expectancy, education levels, material standards ofliving, and the nature of work, communication, health care, war, andthe effects of human activities on the natural environment. Alwaysthere is a conflict of interest in both religion and science andtechnology. However there are religious impulses underlying thedrive of technology which has characterized modernity — religiousimpulses which might affect otherwise secular atheists, too, if theyarent self-aware enough to notice whats going on. In this way,unnoticed premises or attitudes will prevent technology and religionfrom being incompatible. Perhaps technology itself is becomingreligious on its own, thus also eliminating incompatibilities. Alwaysthe western philosophy strived hard to make man comfortable withadvances in science and technology. Although currently obstructedby secular language and ideology, the contemporary resurgence ofreligion, even fundamentalism, alongside and hand-in-hand withtechnology is thus not an aberration but simply the reassertion of aforgotten tradition.The challenge then, is how to make wise use ofthe technology, while at the same time be wary of its potential to bedestructive to community and a sense of submission to ones faith.Technology never met the needs of human race on peace andspirituality on a deeper cultural level;however these technologieshave not met basic human needs because, at the bottom, they havenever really been about meeting them. They have been aimed rather
  3. 3. at the loftier goal of transcending such mortal concerns altogether.In such an ideological context, inspired more by prophets than byprofits, the needs neither of the mortals nor of the earth they inhabitare of any enduring consequence.Education is usually the answerwith most things and it probably is here also. As they see technologyused for good and an ability to do things quickly around the worldand cause change faster than can be done without technology, theymay be more apt to embrace, and bring in religion and sciencetogether. Some ancient roots of technological conflicts derive fromreligions divided minds over the goodness of the materialworld.Technology constitutes some portion of the religious believersidentity -- and if one judges by peoples behaviour, the technologicalcomponent can take on tremendous importance.India offered theworld a truly global citizen in Swami Vivekananda. He declared thatmans quest for peace would remain incomplete so long as the Westfailed to acknowledge the spiritual and civilizational advances madeby India and blend these thoughts with the ideas of modernity andprogress.Yet, one could argue that just because postmodernistintellectuals have taken a position against the Enlightenment-styleuse of science as a cultural weapon against the authority of thetraditions does not automatically make them an ally of the religiousright. One could, after all, justly criticise the role of science andtechnology in furthering Western exploitation of the colonies andperpetuating patronising attitudes toward the natives. Religion likeScience and Technology is a tool, like a knife. You can use a knifeto cut a fruit or to kill your neighbour; nobody can really design aknife that cant kill, if the knife is to perform its more positivefunction. And religion and technology, like a knife, surely has positivefunctions. This may reflect our deficiencies as a species more thanany absolute truthfulness of the belief systems used, but history
  4. 4. shows that religion mixed with technology can make people happierand more productive and catalyse truly useful breakthroughs.Believing in both Religion and Technology is only option; otherwisethe Humans will not