Dacote wrote on May 27, 2017, 09:49:
Kxmode wrote on May 26, 2017, 20:40:If you can't grasp the difference between technological advancement and war then I pity you.
Dacote wrote on May 26, 2017, 20:22:
But we've never had a "Science Holy War."
Really? Pretty sure the race to create the first atomic bomb between United States and Germany during World War 2 wasn't based on religious reasons. And I'm pretty sure most weapons of war have been thought up and created by scientists for non-religious reasons. Archimedes used his prowess in mathematics, physics, engineering, and invention to create weapons of war. For example, the Claw of Archimedes decimated the Roman Republic during the Siege of Syracuse between 214-212 BC. In other words, don't act like science is innocent of bloodshed and races to created scientific inventions did not result in the death of billions.
I can. Technological advances and war are synonymous with one another. You can see it all throughout history. Slings and spears gave rise to swords, bows, and arrows, and so on and so forth; with each iteration becoming more deadly and lethal than the last. Almost all of the today's technology is the result of military application; whether for offense or defense. The modern computer was created to code break the Nazi Enigma machine. Those machines, themselves, were technological marvels at the time. The math formula for each key pressed could be described as:
E = P(p^i Rp^-i) (p^j Mp^-j) (p^k Lp^-k) U(p^k L^-1 p^-k)(p^j M^-1p^-j)(p^iR^-1p^-i)P^-1
The Internet was created in response to the nuclear threat during the Cuban missile crisis. The need was to create separate but interconnected hubs so that in the event one or many went down; the remaining could operate unimpeded. But none of that is more egregious than the creation of the atomic bomb. It was the pinnacle of humanity's inhumanity to humankind. And yes, it was entirely a "Science Holy War" because the men who worked on it invoked God or gods in their thought process, but not enough to stop their actions. Robert Oppenheimer most famously stated, " I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita; Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty and, to impress him, takes on his multi-armed form and says, "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds." I suppose we all thought that, one way or another." Scientists have created monsters of invention; some for good, others for ill but all it theirs.
None of that has anything to do with religion. However, bloodthirsty fanatics have seized upon technology to cause great harm to people. Wise King Solomon lamented this fact when he wrote, "All of this I have seen . . . that man has dominated man to his harm." (Ecclesiastes 8:9)
"What is the most resilient parasite? Bacteria? A virus? An intestinal worm? An idea. Resilient... highly contagious. Once an idea has taken hold of the brain it is almost impossible to eradicate."