How Science Can Save the World
Ours is a world of stunning technological inefficiency. Our best and brightest have been held back by anemic forces of both greed and superstition. It is quite possible given the current state of technology to begin to build an interconnected planet poised and ready to root out the fundamental flaws of our culture.
I am certainly no scientist yet I understand clearly that only science can save the planet. Science is objective. In the world of science, two plus two will always equal four no matter how many people eagerly want such to equal five. And this level of “stone-cold” precision is exactly what the world needs at this point in time- especially with almost every major civilization and life system in utter decline.
Science is sort of a healthy dictatorship. The laws which govern our universe are mathematically solid. In the natural world, forces play against each other until the strongest of the bunch emerges victorious. Sound reason, not petty human consensus, lays the foundations for a perfectly balanced cosmos in harmony with everything that exists. The human world is in such disarray because we have failed to accurately mimic the aforementioned grand blue-print of universal symmetry.
Human affairs are not governed in a holistic fashion. Rather, the world of politics unnaturally dictates the course of human destiny. The political spectrum from the very farthest left to the very farthest right is full of nothing but ego-fulfilling small minds who are constrained by a selfish pursuit of glory and who cannot think outside of the box. In turn, the fate of billions becomes micromanaged by a small clique who know nothing more than the act of creating and passing laws. Meanwhile, ours is a world with many technical and environmental challenges which almost certainly no one in politics is well equipped enough to handle. The truth of the matter is that we need leadership, not paper-work.
In my estimation, our world would be better off if guided by scientists and philosophers. The only law in existence would be natural law. If someone does something deemed “reprehensible” by the current culture milieu, peer pressure and social “battering” would be enough recourse to make “right” the “wrong” committed. Just as in the natural world, forces will play against each other until a dynamic victor- a more palatable milieu in this particular example- emerges from the firestorm.
Technology Will Pave the Way
Dr. Ray Kurzweil, renowned futurist, estimates that by 2029, the human brain will have been perfectly mapped neuron for neuron thus allowing for the first time ever, an almost inseparably human form of artificial intelligence to emerge. Dr. Kurzweil and many other brilliant minds believe that as technology presses on, our limited human biology will inexorably intermingle thus bringing about an event coined “the Singularity”.
Humans and machines merged? That’s right- and such will inevitably occur. Admittedly, the mere thought sounds a bit uncomfortable. However, the idea that one day man would be sitting in his living room communicating with someone on the other side of the globe in real-time I’m sure was also a bit foreign. As technology increases, man finds himself almost magically adjusted to what has been brought about on the world scene. It is only important to realize that the very crucial steps leading toward a major technological turning point are what is required for humanity to ultimately become adjusted. Countless examples throughout our history have proven this many times over.
Human beings may someday be networked with each other over the Internet at all times. The point could be made that we already are. The truth is that a greater level of interconnectivity has only and will only bring more awareness to what is going on all over the planet. Dictators and power-hungry mad-men have found that they hate the Internet and thus subsequently shut it off when the denizens they rule over begin to network and form resistance. The Egyptian revolution of 2011 is a perfect example of this. Imagine if our brains were automatically linked. There’d be no stopping the advance of human progress.
A side thought: It is built into our DNA to seek out new worlds and territories. We, by default, were meant to explore space and to colonize the galaxy. Only a few of us hate such an idea and through selfishness and deceit, erroneously come to call themselves our “leaders”, placing themselves in positions of authority over us. Those who control planetary affairs today are of the same variety as those who sat as kings over a great horde of serfs. These ignorant, racist, bigoted fools are NOT representative of the whole of humanity. We are a vibrant, dynamic species that only suffers from allowing the very worst of us to assume the throne.