I just finishing watching a video for the Edge of Faith boys about this scripture ‘The fool has said in his heart there is no God, they are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good‘ (Psalm 14:1) The person who made the video tried to make a point that these people aren’t fools and they do good so this scritpture is wrong. Point noted. But it got me questioning the intentions of humanity behind the sciences (since I was told religion should hold up to science if I want to see if it is valid). This is where the premise gets murky.
There are various fields within science: Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Environmental Studies, Medicine, Physics, Computer Science, Social Sciences (ex: history, Psychology, Sociology), Political Science, and even the math’s have been considered part of the equation. Now I have learned a lot from the sciences and I do place value upon their findings, however I also admit there is drawbacks. Science is not altogther an ethical stronghold to say the least. The question I put to science is ‘does the good outweigh the bad’?
In the field of Biology we have come to determine that humans have evolved. We have classified animals, mammals, plants, reptiles, birds, etc. The greatest quote from evolutionary minds is ‘only the strong survive’. What exactly is strong supposed to mean, I have heard that quote twisted in many ways so as to determine certain strong characteristics will remain while others dissipate due to weakness. Oddly, enough our belief in God must not be a ‘weak’ charateristic since it has remained with us from the beginning of civilizations. Even if we have less proof for God than we think the fact is the belief has remained. Evolution proposes no real ethic either which is problematic. Following ‘only the strong will survive’ and the belief we are nothing better than a ‘mammal’ to the Nth degree leads to a shallow ethic…an ethic where scientists cross the line with no regards for humanity.
Chemistry, what can I say about you? I like the fact we know the chemical make-up of things on this planet but this has nonetheless opened a ‘pandora’s box’. In one hand we like to know the chemical processes behind our universe while on the other hand we have discovered new ways of war and pollution. The use of chemicals in warfare proposes such a crazy threat, unheard of in history, that all kinds of new diseases will appear from warfare. As much as I like the use of bathroom fresheners the use of chemicals in spray bottles was our first wake-up to the fact the ozone is depleting. Not to mention the use of pesticides and other forms of poisons used on weeds and agriculture that we breath in not knowing what the outcome of that will all be. We do know of certain cases in the past where chemicals have caused deformity in child-birth yet we persist that our mass use of chemicals in this age will do nothing. Cancer has spiked in the last 2 decades – along with hordes of other diseases, we can blame Mcdonald’s all we want but take a good look at the amount of chemicals you use on a daily basis, I’m just saying it’s worth looking into. Also I could care less about uranium and it’s make-up but some physicist did.
Physics is the ‘creme de la creme’ of the science world. Not only do we get wonderful ideas about the universe from it, there is quantum physics, the idea of time travel, gravity, etc. Now some of these are the greatest discoveries of all time but one discovery really takes the cake, it’s the one that has caused mass hysteria in humanity since it’s inception…the evolution of energy. I am talking about atomic, hydrogen, and the nuclear family. If it wasn’t for this discovery we wouldn’t have nuclear reactors and energy sources that power plants could use that for one, completely kill the environment. Since it was so safe for the enivronment we decided we should make a human version of it, we called it a nuclear bomb. This little baby and the amount of them on earth have anough power to wipe humanity (and life in general) clean off the face of the planet not once, not twice, but 7 times over. This is the most horrific weapon known to humanity ever and is the one weapon that is both being used to control it & ensure it’s destruction. It even had the inventor prophesying ”Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”. If the inventor never questioned the intention then why should you. Thank you Robert Oppenheimer and all the other greats who added to his work…now we are assured the earth will never be a safe place. Add physics + chemistry + biology + no foundational ethic = Oppenheimer’s prophecy.
Medicine is one of the great sciences. It has produced both cures and prescriptions for human ailments throughout history. Medicine seems to be one of the scientific fields excelling at ‘doing good for humanity’. Science used in the right frame of mind can create productive outcomes. But the field is only playing catch-up to the ills the other sciences created and it’s losing by a long stretch. There is no cure for cancer, Aids, multiple sclerosis, parkinsons, dementia, schizophrenia, Post-traumatic diseases, Lupus, and a host of other diseases we have discovered. We can get pills to prolong our life but we cannot cure these ills. This field also helped to develop meth, speed, riddlin, steroids, LSD, lethal injections and other drugs that can mess up the human system. Not to mention there is host of pills on the market (just watch for the commercials) with side effects causing heart rate exceleration, side effects to pregnant mothers, nausea, severe headaches, blurred vision, and of course diarrhea. I’ll also tap on anti-depressants and drugs to get me hard for 4 hours…which seem to be an emphasis these days. So I like medicine but to say it’s a saviour of some sort is benign, like this tumor they can never cure.
Lastly, the social sciences & Political science, brothers from the same mother…human ideology. Now social sciences & political science have helped us to evaluate the human mind & function, our role in society, our history on planet earth, and human thought. I think these fields have tonnes of knowledge to offer and anyone wise would check it out immediately. However, the call to ethics for science comes mostly from these fields and that’s also noteworthy. Psychology is alright for stating the human condition & development but beyond that it offers answers only found in medicine, okay great. I still know some pills will help balance the schizo, depressed, bi-polar, and post-traumatic but never fully cure them (and we’ll settle for that). Sociology will state how we behave in societies and the problems we develop but it will turn to ideology to solve them (ex: crime, punishment, sexism, bigotry, etc). Where does ideology come from, usually a governmental system.
Political science will pose alternatives on how to live in a civil manner amongst one another, monetary beliefs, war, punishment, etc. Political science is the field that invented ethnocentricism (colonialism), poverty/class systems, slavery, warfare & the reasons behind it, land and country, nationalism, law making & court systems, land division based on a ruling system, Facism, etc. Ethically the system is flawed and will never devise something fitting for the human race, since politics is becoming more the rule of the leader and less ‘for the people by the people’. I don’t expect political science to hold answers to the biggest questions anyways and all they are concerned about is human existence within the structure (which may mean stripping you of freedoms like speech, religion, and ownership). However, it is this science that controls the rest of the sciences since they control the means of production – money. They both regulate business and decide on investment. So if they demand of a science they will get results, which smacks of a bias on a poiltical viewpoint. How do you think the ‘bomb’ came into existence? Who decides whether ‘stem-cell research’ is appropriate? Who will decide if euthanasia is acceptable? When the political scientists get the ‘wheels’ spinning they will get what they are looking for and that my friends is called an ‘agenda’.
So in the end we ‘the fool says in his heart there is no God, there ways are corrupt and vile, and there in none that does good’. It may appear as if there is some that do good but in the end it is humans that control the sciences and where it will peruse next. In that searching we will find the answers to many of the social ills facing society but it will also produce the next batch of dilemma’s. You see we developed a bomb in a war to stop Hitler & Japan but now that bomb lays dormant waiting on it’s use (which is why they build them). Even in that act of good I see the evil waiting in the wings. In my opinion science without ethical virtue is like a human with the bomb. Maybe in the end of this journey we will find out what was really meant by the ethic ‘only the strong survive’.