inja wrote:Technology has done some wonderful things and I think it is right to say that it has brought the universe closer to us. Science is not fundamentally changing what it means to be human.....for that you got to think first. Technology also has a side that is smelly, loud, hectic, time consuming, and an attention hog and has managed very well to extinguish in a lot of people self reflection. It is the few that look at our technology today and view ourselves in a different light.
And what is this "we are a species beginning to take control of who we are?" Have they looked around lately?
Who are we? What are we? Why are we?
I don't think technology has answered any of those questions other than maybe in a biological and chemical way............and you know millions upon million upon millions of people......billions actually......believe in a higher source.....doesn't matter what the source is called within each culture.....for a lot of those people (not the masses either) technology has brought this source closer to ones heart. Even to those who choose dogma.
Thanks to biological and technological advances, I think it's fair to say that as a species we are in the early stages of controling human evolution. Scientific research involving DNA therapy, tissue regeneration through stem cell research, our advancement in robotics, will improve our species. Since Galileo first gazed into our Universe, science has been slow to advance. But now, that's no longer the case. Moore's Law is in effect. But there will always be “moral” issues when it comes to scientific research. But I think more and more people are beginning to use their critical thinking skills. Of course there are many, many, many people that believe in God. Nothing wrong with that. All I'm saying is, it's science that is changing what it means to be human, not religion, as once was the case. Just my opinion.
I'm not putting technology down. I happen to love biology and even chemistry. Controlling human evolution...that is an interesting thought. Not one I particularly like nor one I actually believe in either. I find mother nature too be much stronger and more powerful than what we are or have even accomplished. Billions of years of evolution vs our experimentation's. Not knocking us, we have accomplished a lot no doubt but in the DNA of life around us there is more info and memory stored than what we are consciously aware of about ourselves. I guess I do not care for the idea of us controlling our own evolution because (never mind religious morality) we lack a sense of justice...we lack the idea of "one for all and all for one"....we would create different types of humans in the end and have a cast system created purely by the choice of affordable DNA types. I like what technology does for my life. The simple things....wash machines, toasters, flip of a switch and presto there is light, my car, medical miracles etc. The fun things too...movies, my cell phone that has access to the internet, computer....I LOVE MY GPS.....etc. but I don't much trust in our current system and where it is heading.
I'll agree with you that science has and will continue to change who we are as human beings but here science often reminds me of religion where it has it's own strict rules and you fall outside of those rules there is ridicule and even denial of discoveries that don't fit our picture of who we are as humans. Of course at this point there is no perfect system and so science certainly has broadened our horizons where religion does not. But spirituality does....and it can and does take me farther than just science or just religion.
God will always exist in one form or another. There will always be questions that haven't been explained yet or personal mysteries and experiences that cannot be explained by science (cause we are still very closed minded on certain levels). And than there is science that will help deepen those questions about God. This cycle between a Source and science is endless and this in my eyes is a good thing.
But I am curious what is it you wish to see happen with the controlling of our own evolution? I happen to look at it rather through gloomy eyes(I am sure you didn't notice
)....the dude above is thrilled cause he, she, it has rather miraculously convinced themselves they will rule the world........and you what do you believe?