Religion and Technology: Strange Bedfellows
Since man crept forth from the sea, there have ever only been two things our race has sought; elevation and emulation. The elevation aspect is the ascension of our race as a whole; we came up from the muddy banks of nothing, and the last thing we wish is to return whence we came. The other part is emulation; we take what we consider better than us, and seek to replicate how they came about being in a status higher than us.
We see birds, and how they fly; we develop flight. We see animals that can outrun and outmaneuver us; we use horses, chariots, and develop the automobile. England has never been the cradle of civilization, but always has it at least been a crowning jewel in the crown. The United States threw off the shackles, and now are likely the worlds foremost super-power, using the United Kingdom's framework as a model to work with, in the stead of more socialist regimes, or dynastic styles.
How humorous is it then, that we've raised ourselves as a race in one of two ways; through religion, or through makes of our own design, our own technology. Some say that our studies into the unknown will be the end of us (stem cell research, cloning, reactors that break down dark matter and the atom), but it's also the only fields of study that elevate us above the primates, really. We can't claim it's our lack of animosity; we're more often involved more in war than not. We can't claim it's our willingness to help one another over our own safety; the United States is easily the most obese of the worlds countries, whilst other third world nations starve. No; it's our ability to look into what we don't understand, and either dignify it with a reason for being there, or develop a means to learn from it and reap benefits from it's mysteries.
In Beyond Good and Evil (p. 192) by Nietzsche, he states the following; “whoever has pursued the history of any single science finds it's development a clue for the understanding of the most ancient and common processes of all 'knowing and cognizing'.
It seems confusing, but really, it's very plain in it's message; finding even a slight clue to a facet of science makes it far easier to understand the greater whole. However, what is there to do when there is no greater whole? That is a question far outside the boundaries of science, and deep into the murky depths of philosophy.
The Big Bang Theory puts forth the idea that the great explosion that forced and fused life into existence will be ever ballooning outwards until it reaches the bridge where infinity meets, and it will eventually come back around, thus removing all it created. If one were to tread down the path of understanding where the catalyst of the explosion came from, is it not humanities way to emulate said explosion in a controlled environment and seem to recreate the creation?
We would most definitely do so, and we are doing it already. The Large Hadron Collider straddling the borders of...