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MORE ABOUT THE IDOL OF SCIENTISM PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Saturday, 24 January 2015 19:26

"Writing after World War II, Oppenheimer warned against thinking of scientists as having the answers to all questions or the power to solve them. If scientists were indeed the stewards of a unique, coherent, and powerful method, that stewardship showed, at most, in a certain modesty of manner and judgment, notably including humility about the scope of their knowledge. “Science is not all of the life of reason; it is a part of it,” he wrote. Scientism—the tendency to think one could extend scientific method everywhere and thereby solve problems of morality, value, aesthetics, and social order—was just sloppy thinking.

The scientism Oppenheimer warned against had a history. It traces back to nineteenth-century social Darwinism and the advertised reduction of morality to biology. This was exactly the sort of reasoning the naturalistic fallacy targeted—the notion that what was moral could be rendered in terms of what biological evolution had formed us to do or to feel. So if it was natural for us to war with each other in order to pass on characteristics to our offspring, then a moral problem was solved—that was what we should do. And if it was natural for us to cooperate or to behave altruistically to related or non-related others, then that too was what we should do. Moral instincts or inclinations were unveiled as natural phenomena, amenable to the methods and concepts of natural science. So-called evolutionary ethics bid to give a scientific solution to such questions as “What ought we to do?” and “What is moral?”

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MAKING TECHNOLOGY A GOD PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Friday, 19 December 2014 19:15

"[People] really do worship technology, it is their de facto God.  It [is] far from asinine to speak of the god of Technology—in the sense that people believe technology works, that they believe in it, that it makes promises, that they are bereft when denied access to it, that they are delighted when they are in its presence, that for most people it works in mysterious ways, that they condemn people who speak against it, that they stand in awe of it, and that, in the born-again mode, they will alter their lifestyles, their schedules, their habits, and their relationships to accommodate it. If this is not a form of religious belief, what is?"

http://secondnaturejournal.com/screwtape-letters-continued-technological-progress/

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HUMANS NEED NOT APPLY PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Friday, 19 December 2014 19:10

“Just as mechanical muscles made human labor less in demand, so are mechanical minds making human brain labor less in demand.” In the short documentary "Humans Need Not Apply," Grey shows why about half of the currently employed could struggle to find work once automation takes over.

Backed up by statistics and current technologies, Grey illustrates that machines will take over slowly, without us realizing it. From Google's self-driving cars to IBM's Watson which won Jeopardy! and will be used to sort medical data and give recommendations,  machines are populating the work force, proving to be more reliable, efficient and error-free. The replacement will not limited by physical labor but also in areas such as legal, medical, and even creative work. Even creatives will not be safe.

http://www.trendguardian.com/2014/09/humans-need-not-apply-technological.html

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THE COUSIN OF SCIENTISM: TECHNISM PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Friday, 19 December 2014 19:00

I posted below about the dangers of worshiping Science.  Another possible false god or Idol is Technology.  Here are three very helpful Blogs about the uses, positive and negative, about Technology in our Society.

http://donteatthefruit.com/

http://cs.redeemer.ca/derek/blog/?p=330

http://www.booksandculture.com/articles/webexclusives/2014/april/two-tales-of-technology.html?start=3

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IDOLS WE MUST NOT WORSHIP PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 15:02

Exodus 20: 3 [God said] "You shall have no other gods before me. 4 "You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God,

I am told that the Second Commandment forbids all attempts to portray God or Christ in any art form, less we worships those paintings and sculptures as Idols.  I have such Art in my office.  They are meaningful to me, but I do not bow before them in any way.  They are not Idols. Interpreting this Commandment in such a narrow, literal way today, is to overlook the rampant Idolatry that does exist in our Time.

Idols, ie-false gods, do exist and are worshiped in our Society.  We are to be very wary of Idolatry.  People worship many things.  There are lesser and greater gods in today's Pantheon.  Three of the greater Idols, the most influential ones with the most loyal worshipers, are: Etatism [the State, often its Leader], Economism [The Market and Mammon] and Scientism with its close cousin, Technism.  Many Christians while obeying the Second Commandment in its narrow sense, overlook the deeper intent of the Command by serving these three Idols.

Below are links to two Essays revealing the characteristics of Scientism, revealing its dangers and why Christians must not bow down to it.

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