Runtao Yan: Science and technology are beneficial to human beings in the short term and harmful in the long term
[Editor’s Note: The recently released movie “Oppenheimer” provides the public with a subject for deep reflection: Is the relationship between technological inventions, human nature and human civilization positive or negative? This article summarizes Lao Yan’s views on the relationship between technological development and the long-term interests of mankind.
The article was arranged and edited by: Da Zhi Ruo Yu 33]
Most scientific inventions are made out of laziness, or at least to save effort and energy.
If we do not consider the long-term consequences, modern science has indeed brought convenience and comfort to mankind. A few years ago, Chinese companies that polluted the environment thought the same way. People who use heroin can’t understand why the government wants to ban drugs. They think heroin is there to make them happy, so why get married? Why do you want offspring? Why do you have to work? Why not enjoy the happiness that heroin brings and do something else? Only stupid people will choose other things over heroin. Because these people only want immediate benefits and comfort. Short-sighted people don’t care if other creatures can’t survive on earth or if the descendants of human beings become extinct. If they have wine today, they will get drunk today.
In the long time when human beings enjoy nature, it is indeed much better for educated people to spend time writing poems and lyrics than to engage in science and technology that leads to the destruction of the earth. Modern science and technology have only existed for around 300 years, and the earth has developed to the point where most biological species have become extinct, and the extinction rate is 50% in 20 years. The so-called inventors of science and technology are still admired, and the rapid extinction of human beings is mainly caused by the greedy nature of human beings. Limiting the development of science and technology will harm the interests of many people, but it is responsible for the future generations of mankind.
When the time window is very short, the conclusions people draw are opposite to those drawn after the time window is extended. Take the examples of the Germans who admired Hitler, the Soviets who admired Stalin, and the Red Guards who admired Mao Zedong. In a short window of time, the three of them are indeed heroes, but if the window of time is extended, people will realize that these three people are the biggest mass murderers of the last century. It is the same with scientists. If the window of time is extended, at the last moment of human extinction, people will agree with Runtao Yan’s judgment today: those scientists who are worshiped in a short window of time are criminals who will exterminate both human beings and other creatures on Earth.
At the rate of 50% extinction of species on Earth every 20 years, it should take about 200 years for humanity to become extinct. With the development of science and technology, human now can dig below 1,000 meters underground to find natural resources, and it will not take long to expand to the seabed. All the substances that are poisonous to the earth’s creatures and that are in danger of extinction are being dug out, and human beings continue to synthesize new substances and invent new materials, all of which will eventually destroy the earth’s creatures. The biological species on Earth that have become extinct in the last 20 years have evolved over tens of millions of years. This rate is accelerating. In the next 20 years, more than 50% of Earth’s species will become extinct. This astonishing rate of extinction is the result of human science and technology. Those who worship scientific and technological inventions should wake up.
Any scientific progress is nonsense, because man’s destruction of the earth is the greatest crime against mankind, and in the last three to four hundred years of modern times, almost all major scientific and technological discoveries have destroyed the earth. In the last 20 years, 50% of the earth’s creatures have become extinct compared to 20 years ago. Originally, the heavy metals and radioactive substances that are poisonous to living things on Earth were scattered in the large rocks. It was the so-called famous scientists of mankind who discovered the science and technology of mining these substances that destroy living things on earth. It cannot be sporadically scattered in big rocks. Most of the Nobel laureates who are respected by humanity today will be criminals nailed to the pillar of shame in the future. History, which has been turned upside down by man, will be turned upside down one day. The criminals who are destroying the earth are at the top of the list, such as Isaac Newton and Marie Curie, who are now admired by people. They contributed to the foundation of modern science and technology, but ironically, modern science and technology almost all will destroy the earth. Consciously or unconsciously, they have become criminals who destroy the earth’s creatures, and the criminals list also includes those who discovered antibiotics. Humans cannot keep up with the mutation of bacteria. After the evolution of super-bacteria, which cannot be cured by any antibiotics, human beings will face extinction. Antibiotics block the way of natural selection to eliminate the unhealthy individuals before the bacteria. The human population is exploding due to antibiotics and will decrease when super bacteria evolve. Only then will people realize that the inventor of antibiotics is also one of the criminals who ruined humanity itself.
The people who made the atomic bomb were the ones who later strongly opposed further research into nuclear weapons. Soil pollution in China is far more frightening than air pollution. Many heavy metals and carcinogens have been released everywhere in the last 30 years. In many places, the soil is so polluted that water can only be drunk by digging a well 300 meters deep. Treatment of the pollution has recently begun, but who can remove the toxins from the topsoil? North Korea used to be one of the countries with the least man-made pollution, but they also started nuclear pollution. Cancer outbreaks in China have also followed species extinction in the last 30 years. The American people will not allow these highly polluting chemical manufacturing plants to come back to the U.S. The plants must stay in China or move to places like India and Vietnam.
There are nuclear power plants all over the world, which are the greatest hidden danger on earth. Natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, and even nuclear power plant accidents can cause terrible disasters. The Chornobyl accident in 1986 has still not been cleaned up. There is more and more nuclear waste on earth. Where to put it? How long can human beings live if other living things on Earth cannot survive? People should not dream that there will be no nuclear war. Many religious people are very crazy. Once a religious group like ISIS possesses the atomic bomb, the consequences will be catastrophic. Nuclear weapons and chemical weapons are masterpieces of scientists, and the original intent of their manufacture is not to kill other species, but to kill human beings themselves.