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Does Technology destroy our relationship with Nature?

I am an environmental Literature student, and I am interested in people's responses about the constitution of Nature, Technology, and the relationship that is apparently slowly being degraded with Nature.

All responses are welcome.


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    May 28 2013: People tend to think of technology as man made. We assume evolution stopped as far as humans are concerned.

    What if, just what if, technology is simply the next level of evolution that nature intended humans to be the vessels of.

    If you allow such a thought to enter into your perspective, you will see us humans, as nature's agents of change instead of touting our remarkable capabilities to just ourselves.

    Without technology, there is no hope for any form of life to transcend our earthly bounds. With technology, life has a chance to move from earth to every other point in the universe.

    In a way, biological evolution took life thus far, it will be technological evolution that can take us beyond. We have hard drives instead of DNA to do pretty much the same thing. Store the code, spread the code, mutate, find something new, repeat.
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      May 28 2013: Arun, I have thought like you. And also, the more I understand about biology and especially human physiology, I think it will be difficult to create something as complex and wonderful as the human body. which is just one aspect of nature. We learn new things about different parts of the organism and it's systems, yes. But the intricate weave of it all, the big context that any indidividual is, even if you apply all the ways we can diagnose and analyse a living person today - there is no way that we can describe the totality of this person. It will just be a list of parts and even if we put that list together, the sum of those parts will never equal a real encounter with that person. And a human body is just one aspect of nature...
      I think technology itself is neutral. It's the way we use it, that can either make us more at home with the nature of ourselves- or not.
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        May 29 2013: Anna, I definitely agree with you your point that as of today creating complex systems like a human body is way out of our reach.

        However, I wanted to make a slightly different point. Technology maybe isn't about recreating what biology can do. I think of it more as the capability to do something we can do but at a much much higher level.

        Almost every bit of technology we have has been inspired by something biological. The computer was our effort at doing some of our brain's logical functions. Now it's way better than a human at doing math but it isn't even close when we ask it to think for itself.

        So it all boils down to using technology to further the cause of nature, but as infants, we're still learning the mistakes we can make and hopefully we come out as smarter more responsible users.
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      May 28 2013: I wholeheartedly agree Arun and Anna.....technologey is part of our evolution, and technology is neutral....it gives us information. The important piece is HOW we use technology.
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        May 29 2013: Its the user, never the tool!
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          May 29 2013: Agree Arun:>)
          If the only tool we have is a hammer, we will see everything as a nail:>)

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