Friday, August 15, 2014

Science is Not Necessarily Great / Michael Bitchens

“Human decency is not derived from religion. It precedes it.”
― Christopher Hitchens, God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

"Human decency is not derived from science, technology, nor from religion; however, religion is the only one of the three that actually addresses the issue and has done so from the earliest known times.  Religion has had bad effects as well as good, just as science has had bad effects as well as good, and as most certainly technology has had bad effects as well as good. Of the three only technology derived from science has the ability to destroy all of civilization either by intent or carelessness. The end will almost certainly not come from a religious apocalypse with supernatural dimensions, unless we define supernatural as things science does not yet understand. But the idea that we will not understand what is happening to us is a long shot. We will probably know as we may already know. Technology intent on making our lives better, does not."
-  Michael Bitchens, Science is Not Necessarily Great: How Science and Technology Can Literally Destroy Everything while Figurative Words are for Literal Wusses :)