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Posted by Richard Ruquist on September 3, 2003 01:30:19 UTC

The Tree of Knowledge comes to mind after reading your post. leading one to question if we are still eating of it at our peril.

***I never thought of the tree of knowledge metaphor as extending to nowadays. But I agree that it does. Knowledge may yet be the death of us all.***

looking at our lot in this day and age though it seems likely that a vast multitude would perish in great misery were it not for our dalience with science.

***I am not sure if you are saying that science has saved many lives, or will cost many lives. ***

if science is of the tree of knowledge it seems odd that there are implications within an understanding of science that point to the existance of a power greater than any found in nature hence greater than scientific knowledge.

***I like the idea that this is a prediction of the power of science to end our species. However, I cannot agree that scientific understanding suggests that there is a power in nature that is greater than the power of fusion. Perhaps you refer to the big bang as a higher power than fusion. But that is entirely scientific knowledge. It is not for certain that it ever happened or that it happened because of a higher intelligence. And then the big bang is part of nature.

So I guess you have to explain just what you mean by a "power greater than any found in nature".

I also wonder if there is an escape clause in that biblical story. Is species death a certainty? Perhaps we should read the story again and see - considering the analogy of the tree of knowledge to science and the ability to commit suicide as a species- if there is another way suggested. Or are we committed to eventually destroying ourselves from our knowledge???

Richard






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