Losing our Humanity to Science
I felt as though Postman’s chapter on “Scientism” pinpointed the greatest threat to humanity in relation to technology: our willingness to believe in the profound nature of science. My father and I have spoken many times throughout my young life about our respect for those who are willing to go against the scientific status quo to pursue a life devoted to a G-d. Looking back at my own life I consider times where I willingly accepted social science explanations for the feelings I had in synagogue. My faith was reduced to a feeling of community and my gullibility (brainwashing). Why has it become so easy for science to question our moral foundations? Who gave science the authority? Why has it come to the point where we must come up with a rationality behind every action we take or every belief we hold dear? If I want to believe in the Flying Spaghetti Monster, how dare you question my decision? These are questions I believe everyone should be asking when they are confronted by “scientific” studies of human nature and intelligence. We must remember that just because science presents fact, it does not mean that we need to alter our lives around it (individuality and humanity will in many ways be lost).