Re: How has science shaped humanity?
Science and the technology derived from it has shaped every aspect of lifestyles and culture and continues to do so. Everyday things like our buildings, clothing, food and jobs all combine many discoveries and inventions old and new. This has happened because our human problem solving abilities have found an outlet in 'science' and our cultures have preserved the discoveries of one generation for the next.
Science has also enriched our intellectual lives, helping us understand ourselves and the world around us, and constantly provides new topics for creative thought.
Yet, how "scientific" advances affect us ultimately depends on how they are used. Humans have isolated studied pathogens to cure disease but also created bio-weapons. Seeking pest-free productive crops we poison our rivers. We may blame 'science' but we all need to act more responsibly, since scientists can rarely foresee, yet alone prevent, all potential adverse uses of their discoveries.
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Is it "perverseness," the "death drive," or something else?
A disturbing interview given by a KGB defector in 1984 describes America of today and outlines four stages of mass brainwashing used by the KGB.
- Bezmenov described this process as "a great brainwashing" which has four basic stages.
- The first stage is called "demoralization" which takes from 15 to 20 years to achieve.
- According to the former KGB agent, that is the minimum number of years it takes to re-educate one generation of students that is normally exposed to the ideology of its country.
It's up to us humans to re-humanize our world. An economy that prioritizes growth and profits over humanity has led to digital platforms that "strip the topsoil" of human behavior, whole industries, and the planet, giving less and less back. And only we can save us.
- It's an all-hands-on-deck moment in the arc of civilization.
- Everyone has a choice: Do you want to try to earn enough money to insulate yourself from the world you're creating— or do you want to make the world a place you don't have to insulate yourself from?
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