10 REASONS – IS IT 100 REASONS? – WHY SCIENCE AIN’T SO BAD

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HUNDRED THOUSAND YEARS OF HOMO SAPIENS

SOME PERSPECTIVE

Happy New Year.

Seriously.

MISTERScienceAintSoBad gets cross eyed, skimming the enormous flow of scientific and technical things blowing through this world of ours. As a blogger, it can be tough to figure out which of the many, many reports and papers and studies are important.

In case you ever wondered, this waterfall of innovation isn’t normal.

Throughout human history, normal was where nothing much improved.  We lived in cold houses lit by candles. If we were seriously ill, we were “cured” with such things as leaches and mercury. And famine, and pestilence surrounded us constantly.

That was a good year.

Even today lots of human abodes are dark at night.

And have no toilet.

NORMAL?

Normal, for us homo sapiens,  isn’t where you toss out half the junk in your house because who, really, wants a Palm Pilot anymore when the technology is SO outdated?

Normal isn’t “They just announced a cure for this or  that.” Normal isn’t “Let’s, seamlessly,  locate our tech support in Bangladesh.” And normal isn’t where you sit around thinking about some new twist on an existing idea that might make you rich.

That’s OUR normal, where people sit around constantly thinking up new stuff. We’re surrounded by the constant turmoil of innovation in science and technology which has been going on and on since before you were born. Unless yer about 180 years old.

Like me.

But the age of innovation’s a blip. How YOU managed to land here instead of in the age of living a short, terrible, painful life is beyond ME.

Even the IDEA of coming up with new stuff – innovating – is, itself, an innovation. They really didn’t THINK that way “back in the day”. They tried to survive. That was plenty to think about.

Nobody’s SAYING you should appreciate it. After all, SOMEBODY had to drive instead of walk, be warm instead of cold, get cured instead of suffer, be free instead of enslaved (or a serf or a peasant or a servant), use iPhones, airplanes, Facebook and have electrically warmed socks.

Somebody. Why NOT you?

Before you say it, I do know that this wonderful technology crap may kill us yet.

I skim THOSE papers too.

But MisterScienceAintSoBad’s on duty. He’ll make sure you know if anything terrible shows up on the technology front.

Meanwhile, do have a happy, safe new year. And (a non-scientific metaphor) count yer blessings.

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2 Responses to “10 REASONS – IS IT 100 REASONS? – WHY SCIENCE AIN’T SO BAD”

  1. But are we better off?

    Now my wife grew up in a house with a plaque that states: “Built in 1779 by Shadrack Trumbull, Lastmaker.” Lasts are the wooden forms used to make shoes and they determine the overall shape and size of the footwear. Now Shadrack could afford a nice two-story Colonial with no less than three fireplaces by spending his days carving wooden lasts.

    Today lasts are molded out of some kind of plastic in a far away country by people who earn three cents an hour and live in sod huts

    And the guy living in Shadrack Trumbull’s nice two-story Colonial house? He is a lawyer.

    Technology sure pays off!

  2. MISTER Science Ain't So Bad

    You make a good point Mister Pirozzolo. But, you know what? He had 9 kids. 5 of them died before they were ten years old. And his wife died in childbirth. And here’s the worst part. Sure. He had all those fireplaces. But he never had an IPhone. You call that a good life?


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