Human Beliefs and Nature-tech. .docx - GIS 3650-001 28 February 2014 Professor Sedia Technology and Religion Since the dawn of time the human race has

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GIS 3650-001 28 February 2014 Professor Sedia Technology and Religion Since the dawn of time the human race has always been at a disadvantage. We lack fur for warmth, we have the most dependent offspring, and we without question have evolved the worst set of instincts to ever exist on the planet. From the very first time we understood that we must mimic what we see from other animals to survive the idea of technology has ever since mesmerized us to an unhealthy degree. From reading The Arrogance of Humanism by David Ehrenfeld and The Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig it is an unblemished fact that technology has both its share of goods and evils in the modern word which religion doesn’t affect. To begin we can address The Arrogance of Humanism and see how religion affected Ehrenfeld’s viewpoint. In Ehrenfeld’s eyes religion has a very loose grip on how technology is viewed. He strongly suggests that God and religion have lost their strong hold on society to the beliefs in machines and their technology. At first he mentioned that, “We have a better regard for our mental abilities, there is a general feeling that potentially, if not actually, computers are faster, more efficient, more objective, and more accurate than we are in performing some of the most important functions of the mind.” He then continues,“ Humans are coming to value the abilities of their machines more highly then their own.” This makes it clear that God and all his beliefs have been pushed to the backburner to make room for the future of the almighty technology which is what he projects through out his entire book. As for the beliefs in The Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Pirsig does address religion as a source of existence but instead he favors having logic, creativity and soul as an individual’s base for being. For example his dividing of human understanding into romantic and classical sections has two types of people in the world, creative free thinkers and those who strictly follow law and structure. By
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