[ExI] [wta-talk] Religion Colors Americans' Views Of Nanotechnology
kanzure at gmail.com
Wed Feb 20 23:14:20 UTC 2008
On Wednesday 20 February 2008, James Clement wrote:
> "They still oppose it," he says. "They are rejecting it based on
> religious beliefs. The issue isn't about informing these people. They
> are informed."
It is important to focus on what rejection means in this context. Does
it mean that they are not allowing nanotech to exist? No. Does it mean
that they are physically rejecting any nanotechnological thing entering
their schools, their homes, their bodies? No. Does it mean that they
despise the people working in cellular (read: nano) biology, in atomic
resolution imaging? Are they marching against the researchers? Are they
preventing these people from living the lives that they want to?
Perhaps. But no matter how much they supposedly 'reject' it, how much
they hate it, how much they despise the very prospects of
nanotechnology, that simply does not make sense. They are basically
just answering a single question on a quiz saying they 'reject' it --
while practicing the exact opposite. Nanotechnology is all around them:
our cells, bacteria, viruses, fungi, nucleotides, dust, it is simply
the very small, and being ignorant of these systems, tools and things
in general will not make them go away. Are we to just wish the 'small'
away? Just as we are to wish the cosmos away, right? Hey, maybe if we
don't look, it'll go away! Isn't this the mentality of a toddler? What
was it that Douglas Adams wrote? " ... a creature so stupid that it
assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you." Anyway, if they
socially cacoon themselves from what they perceive to be a threat
(nanotech), they may not be prepared for any of the advancements that
come their way via self-repping man-made nanotech (bacteria or MNT).
What can we do to help these islands of people to survive in the coming
tech era? Granted, we aren't obligated at all, but that doesn't mean
there isn't anything interesting there.
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