Monday, March 10, 2014
Today is the Wormfest blogfest, hosted by Stephen Tremp, L. Diane Wolfe, and Alex J. Cavanaugh. Thanks for hosting this!
And the question is: What one thing has science invented that advances mankind and what one thing has gone too far? (Where technology has unforeseen consequences and will go too far and actually set mankind back.)
This is a tough one for me. I benefit from technology every day, am right now as I type this, but I know these benefits have a cost. Personally, I think we're in a modern day dark ages and don't even know it. There's something to be learned in the process, in the making of a thing. We can access the world with a touch of a button, but can we figure out the square footage of a room without a calculator? We can heat up a pre-cooked hamburger in less than a minute, but do we know how to butcher a cow? We flip the lights on with one finger, but do we know how that light bulb works?
I live about a mile away from a road made famous because of one thing: Cobblestone houses. It has the highest concentration of them in the world. I tried to look online for a picture to show you what a cobblestone house is, but I couldn't find any; there were fieldstone houses and brick houses, but not cobblestone. It's really a beautiful way to build a house, basically it's smooth lake stones set on edge and held with some kind of mortar. There are no new cobblestone houses being built in the world today. People have forgotten how to make them. It is a lost art. And so my very long answer to this simple question is: All of it to both. All of technology has had some benefit, but I am afraid it will have its cost as well.
It already has.