But Liam! Science is so good! It’s given us… velcro! Vaccines! Longer life spans!!
There are 7 billion semi-diseased, pesticide-swilling, GMO eating human beings being irradiated in the world right now. There used to be a half billion relatively healthy people eating actual food. Is that an improvement?
Much to most of that 7 billion are on the cusp of a mass die-off because our food production system is entirely dependent on oil and gas – limited resources – which we pour on fields to make them produce nutritionless, disease-causing crops. The “scientific” pesticides that we pour into food create illness, not health.
Is that really an improvement?
Let me say: life is hard. It’s hard for tribal people. It was a challenge in the Middle Ages. We’ve covered that up with DDT and short-sighted dead-end experiments with petroleum that are already collapsing and will leave a vacuum that will cause mass famine and plague. (Uhm. Grow Food Locally Now.)
If you think the 20th/21st Century is much, much better than the 14th, let me offer this thought:
You could take away every single 19th and 20th Century “advance,” if you also took away every 19th and 20th Century detriment – and we’d be a better species:
Atmospheric radiation. 2050 nuclear bomb blasts. Fukushima. Chernobyl. DDT. PCBs. Radiation “therapy,” refined sugar, plastic the size of a country in the Pacific, Fracking fluid in water, 2,4,5-D, Agent Orange, factory farming…
the list of “scientific” atrocities is as endless as the fibs and lies of the church.
Most people confuse tool-making with “science.” But science doesn’t exist outside of tool-making. We are naturally, as a species, tool-makers. You don’t need a special field of inquiry, protected by government “no sue” laws, to make that happen. We pick something up, we use it as a tool. Period. That’s the kind of monkey we are.
Yesterday’s tools were powered by muscle, and could only do so much damage. But today’s tools – aka science – is powered by OIL. Oil is worth tens of thousands of hours of human labor – per barrel. And we use 19 MILLION of those barrels per day.
The power of oil has made tool-making into a murder-suicide pact.
If you really look at it, you’ll be forced to admit that most tool-making is made for destructive purposes: Hunting, scraping, cracking, and killing. In the ancient world, we used tools to make shelters, hunt, kill and cook; we use our hands to make art and paint.
Tools aren’t evil, but their energy output – their destruction level – was limited by the engine: us. Now the engine is oil. That’s thousands to millions of energy equivalents to a human being – in a day’s barrel burn. What can we do with it? Make bombs. Kill millions. Poison billions.
And, of course, make Twinkies.
“Tool making” is what everybody means, when they say “science.” But they don’t know it, because we’re also a myth-making species. And the current myth is that “science” is a good thing. Or that it’s the best thing. But it’s just another religion; but it’s one that conflates its myth with a little math and engineering. Most of it is bunk, but they do a trick with numbers and impress the rubes.
We don’t need a venerated protected field of “science.” We’re already naturally tool makers. Science dresses up this endless murder parade in white gloves, and makes people think it’s respectable.
But it’s just another church – dishonest, telling huge lies that flatter its disgraceful history – and just beyond the thin veneer of iPod Plastic and brushed aluminum, science in its metal heart is full of nuclear fuel, weapons, and poisonous vaccines to cow those who disagree.
Go camping. Plant a garden. Be happy for plumbing (that’s engineering, which is tool-making), and stop worshiping science. It doesn’t deserve it any more than any other religion.