Technological Advancement is Natural

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Technological Advancement is Natural

As we enter the twenty-first century, it is clear that many things about our method of interacting with our environment are different than in previous centuries, and that, in fact, the very philosophy of the man-nature interaction may change again. Some look forward to these changes. Others are fearful or condemnatory. In many cases, people implicitly or explicitly argue that certain technologies are unnatural. They claim that while certain technologies may be useful, other technologies represent a form of Nature manipulation and this that tinkering is unwise. Since this argument may appear in many places, it is important to critically analyze it. I feel that this argument is the arbitrary reaction
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Polytheism identifies multiple supernatural beings who each exercise arbitrary control over Nature, and all of whom may be good or evil and triumphant or banished depending on random factors such as the phase of the moon and which deity has the most priests and temples. Universalism identifies no supernatural being separate from Nature itself, but affirms that Nature is, in the end, good. While "atheism", "devil-worship", "fatalism" and "hedonism" are also logically valid philosophies, they take less time to explain, present fewer leads for philosophical study, and seem not to have guided the actions of many people worthy of emulation. At any rate, religious hierarchies played an important factor in world government for several thousand years.

As a trivial example of how fundamental "nature" is in religious discourse, different religions have, over time, prescribed different hair-grooming standards. The early-Christian apostle Paul taught, "Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?" (1 Cor. 11:14) Jewish men have long worn a skull-cap to cover the hair while praying. On the other hand, Sikh men believe that the hair is sacred, and that to cut it (or let it be dirty) would be to defile it. When in public places, they wear a turban to protect their hair from anything unclean. Their respect for God-created nature also leads them to refrain from eating any sort of meat.

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