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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Modern science - is it progressing or setting us up for stone age?

Picture above: A rainbow runner fish caught in the Pacific with a gut full of plastic particles. "Our consumption does have a life after our use that we have to take responsibility for," Eriksen says.

In the Upanishads and the Vedas, it is mentioned that human beings are fallible. They make mistakes and their sensory perception is limited. Therefore man made knowledge (modern science) is limited and flawed even. This is the fundamental reason that modern science cannot be accepted as absolute. As followers of Krishna, we accept Krishna's words as perfect because Krishna is infallible. He does not make any mistake at any time and His sensory perception is unlimited. Therefore if Krishna says something and that may sound totally out of whack to us, still we have to accept it as truth.

Below is an example of how human beings with their fallibility think they are advancing but instead putting every other organism in jeopardy.  This has to be taken seriously. The bare fact is that human beings cannot create knowledge that is perfect and complete and at some where along the line will cause more harm than good. So the pertinent question is - are we progressing or regressing?

Below is an example of how plastic was invented to create an affordable solution for mass consumption & easy use but apparently the inventor and manufacturer did not think through this fully. They did not think of how plastic can ruin nature in the long run. If plastic is going to destroy ecosystems, would you call that invention technological advancement or regression? By the way is there one product in the market today that is plastic free? Almost all modern day products have plastic in it.

In my opinion, most of modern day industrial products in some form or the other are harmful to nature either in the creation phase or disposal phase. A few I can think of are automobiles, air conditioning, paper, printers, computer technology, factory farming etc. Can you imagine modern life without one of the said products. Foolish scientists and manufacturers greedy for money do not think of the long term effects of their inventions

Below is an eye opening article about a research on the failure of plastic disposal. If we do not do something about this, we may find ecosystems absolutely ruined. Fauna and flora that had been developing for centuries will be ruined by plastic that was invented some 150 years ago.

If a man made invention of 150 years old can destroy nature's creation of more than million years, then are we truly making scientific progress?  How short sighted is our scientific community?

Please click the link below for the full article.

A marine expedition of environmentalists has confirmed the bad news it feared -- the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" extends even further than previously known. - Full article

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