Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” -John 14:6
It’s instructive, disturbing, and incredibly ironic to hear the voices of scientific progress singing in such a religious and decidedly unscientific tenor. Look through the rest of the comments on this article arguing stridently in favor of engineered food, and examine the language carefully. Note:
- The presumed infallibility of technological innovation.
- The automatic and unquestioned association with “progress” of any technological discovery.
- The branding, as heretics, those arguing for a more circumspect approach to adopting new technologies.
- The anointing of technology as the way, the truth, and the light, with no room for complements or alternatives, they all being the false gods of the infidels.
Science is skeptical, even and especially of itself. If people want to go beyond that and find the meaning in tech that they once found in God, fine — but understand that whether you worship at the lab or at the altar, you bring the same baggage.
And yes, second graders. I grew my first garden at age 7 as a not particularly bright kid (or adult, for that matter). Kids old enough to understand the rules of soccer can understand the rules of nutrient and pest cycles. Especially when they’re taught to open their eyes and look at the way nature does it instead of being injected with the pathological Eurocentric drive to outsmart/dominate/conquer nature and make things far more complicated than necessary.
That’s not to say we worship nature: but why reinvent the wheel in a world full of functioning cars?