To deem a scientific invention or method false, dangerous, or insufficient requires scientific doubt, conservative unacceptance, and philosophical criticism. As opposed to being a passive skeptical approach, this approach is characterized as dynamic and scientific at its core, for without skepticism and rejection, the furtherance of studies, tests, discoveries, or proofs would be blocked. As a consequence, science would lose its base as a noble pursuit for the sake of truth, being unable to achieve its maximum quantifiable accuracy in any given study. Hence, any science that refuses to accept philosophical and methodical criticism falls into the category of a false or pseudo-science.
“Technology is a sword,” physicist Michio Kaku once said, “It’s a double edged sword. One side can cut against disease, ignorance, and poverty, and it can really give us a ‘type one’ civilization. However, there is a second side of the sword. The second side of the sword can also cut against us, unless we are educated and we understand the power of this technology. There are some people, by the way, that instinctively do not want this march towards a ‘type one’ civilization. A ‘type one’ civilization is tolerant, multicultural because it’s planetary, and it is progressive and scientific. The people who don’t like it are the terrorists. That’s why terrorism is so appealing to people. Because, for some people, they don’t like modernism. Modernism means tolerance, multicultural, other cultures interacting with other cultures.”
The radical conclusion that, “The people who don’t like technology are terrorists,” may surprise many, and it may surprise them that such well esteemed scientists like Michio Kaku who consciously understand the problem of technology leave no space for skepticism as an indispensable part of science, and instead promote technology with blind faith for the sake of science, technology, and a ‘type one’ civilization as ends to themselves.
We have to remind these scientists again and again that their forebears of the 19th and early 20th centuries believed in scientific progress and the industrial revolution and spoke with enormous optimism about a beautiful and prosperous future for humanity. They left no room for doubt or negative predictions. Consequently, the impact of their work led humanity into global devastation, as the 20th century became the most destructive century in the history of mankind. Wars and revolutions destroyed over 200 million people and completely leveled cities and towns. Scientific inventions and technologies produced greenhouse gas emissions, toxic chemicals that polluted the water, air, and soil on a massive scale. Radiation, cancer, and never-before-seen illnesses spread around the world.
Scientific and technological progress, as well as the industrial revolution were born not from a joyful creative surplus, but from the deep misfortune of man, out of his hopeless despair. Man does not trust himself anymore and relies now on his scientific inventions and technologies. However, is a corrupted mind capable of creating benevolent things? Science has fallen away from human culture and spiritual life.
Many scientists believe that we are neither ready nor educated enough to understand how to manage new technology and raise a new technological civilization. Today, with technology, we are like small children sitting in a military jet with all kinds of destructive weapons. Out of our curiosity and excitement, we have started the engine, yet we are neither intelligent nor responsible enough to use or control it. Thus, instead, the technology we created will do the job for us.
Today, many leading members of the scientific community are coming to the realization that science and technology alone cannot fulfill humanity’s needs, and so far it has become a destructive force for mankind, culture, and for the natural world around us. The problems of science and technology are problems of man and man’s creativeness, which require deep philosophical, religious, and scientific evaluations, studies, and solutions.
The technological civilization that has been built up to now has already crushed human cultures and left no more strength for them to hold themselves, to protect their values, and to find an internal point of support. Human culture in the true sense of its meaning has lost its integrity by entering into a brutal kingdom of techno-genic civilization; its inner world has shattered to pieces. The human world itself is trapped between a decaying, false, and depressive freedom and a complete negation of freedom, a dictatorship of a new worldview, and a dictatorship of technology over the culture, life, and spirit of humanity. Do we wish to live in such a world?
Mission of this project:
The ARC Prospect International Foundation is seeking a grant of $5.1 million to conduct a three-year scientific and philosophical research project on the account of the complete discovery of truth of such an important topic. ARC Prospect’s mission is to provide and facilitate access to objective, accurate, scientifically, and philosophically tested information about technology and related issues that are already affecting the core of human life, including man’s lifestyle, physical and mental health, freedom, and human spiritual culture. This Project is encouraging and calling for the execution of scientific and philosophical research on the highest scale that will expose all the concealed issues and problems of science and technology that are confronting and affecting man and human culture in a very radical manner. We have urgent concern that our rapidly rising technological civilization will destroy the spiritual culture of man and take control of the human mind, will, mentality, and life in the very near future. We also have concern that human cultures will be vanished, as mankind will fall under the totalitarian dictatorship of technologies – at which point, man as a spiritual being may not survive.
Therefore, the goal of this project is to bring this awareness through scientific research and studies, philosophical and religious analyses, past knowledge and experience, inter-fields dialogue, and a philosophical forum in which people can ask questions and share their ideas. For the sake of preserving the spiritual culture and creative development of man, we seek collaboration with people of all important fields who are intelligently and spiritually invested in this matter.
Target demographics: Philosophers, scientists, religious thinkers, writers, artists, students, educators, researchers, and any who are concerned about culture, man, nature, science and technology.
Geographic areas served: World-wide