I wasn't exactly sure where to post this question, so I'm posting it
here. I'm writing an essay about merits of banning technologies, which
some consider deleterious or unethical (e.g. biotechnology/cloning,
nanotechnology/self-reproducing micro-machines, AI/robotics).
Please help me find the following: incidents throughout history when
certain technology was prohibited or opposed due to religious or other
If you know about such incidents, please write!
I've just been reading Dud Dudley's Mettalum Martis of 1665, he's very keen
on qualities and quantities, keeps his trade secrets as to how he smelts and
refines the various irons using Pit-coale and Sea-coale, and complains about
the militant charcoal burners who are forever trying to smash his coal fired
furnaces and force him back to the old ways.
Meaning someone has stolen the term "Dark Ages" and stuck a new meaning on
it which has nothing to do with post Romano Britain.
I do wish people would have the wit and imagination to think up new terms of
their own. Recycled terms are so confusing
Robin G Hewitt
Well, Leonardo Da Vinci got into a lot of trouble with the Vatican by doing
autopsies and medical examinations, and conducting research that tended to
suggest that man was, in fact, nothing more than a machine, built of matter
and composed of working parts, and not in fact a divine creation beyond his
own comprehension. It's a miracle he wasn't executed straight away, for
such absolutely heretical suggestions and actions. Of course, had the
notion of man being merely a physical device, and hence repairable and even
enhancable or modifiable by his own hand, not gradually been adopted,
medicine as we know it today could not exist. This has a possible knock-on
effect that the industrial revolution may not have occured, or at least
occurred much later than it did - an important factor in the industrial
revolution was advance in medicine, which increased the density that
populations in cities could reach without disease becoming prohibitive.
This allowed larger workforces to live close to mills and factories,
increasing their chances of financial success and so the success of the
concept of industrialisation as a whole.
Interestingly, one bizarre factor that meant that the industrial revolution
occured here in Britain, and not any of the other developed countries in
Europe where it might easily have occurred instead, was the thing the
British are so famous for - afternoon tea. This is because tea is actually
a natural antiseptic, and when the fashion for regularly drinking the stuff
swept the nation, this had obvious effects. There was a fascinating
documentary series that investigated why England, of all places, was where
the industrial revolution started, called "The Day the World took Off". I
strongly recommend anyone interested in this topic attempt to see it.
Another interesting factor was the very English concept of the Gentleman's
Club - these were places both educated men, and ambitious, practical or
successful men could meet, and highly productive brainstorming often occured
in these places, in a way that it couldn't in more theoretical and less
involved places like universities, where there is a whole lot of
intelligence but not always that much ambition.
Just a few rambling thoughts.
Incidentally, I very sincerely hope that you ARE writing a serious essay on
this, and not merely one of the trolls that have been trying to get
attention by posting anti-technology diatribes all over the place recently.
: I wasn't exactly sure where to post this question, so I'm posting it
: here. I'm writing an essay about merits of banning technologies, which
: some consider deleterious or unethical (e.g. biotechnology/cloning,
: nanotechnology/self-reproducing micro-machines, AI/robotics).
Steam engines, medicine, herbal doctors, surgery, astronomy, printing
press, logic, physics, literacy, theology and "corrupting the youth."
How on Earth could you have grown up not knowing anything about history?
Man if you don't know about the history of trying to supress knowledge
then you are either monumentally ignorant of history or simply a troll.
: Please help me find the following: incidents throughout history when
: certain technology was prohibited or opposed due to religious or other
The "authorities" or some religious fool has tried to suppress knowledge
and technological advance since we first crawled out caves and shook our
fists at the universe. It never works for long because man is simply too
curious to be held back forever. However, said idiots have managed to
slow us down, which in hindsight might not have been a bad idea. Without
power-hungry religious groups and similar institutions we would have been
on the moon by the 17th century and who knows where by now!
: If you know about such incidents, please write!
If you don't, then please read!
* Dennis Clark email@example.com www.techtoystoday.com *
If you don't want to take the time to read so very intristing history
then go to your local library and check out the video tape section. At
some librarys are some execlent older PBS technology and science
history series. The best are "Cosmos" by Carl Sagen and several
series by James Burk. James Burk goes into very enertaning series of
how and why technology was discovered or developed. Some of the
series are called "The Day the Universe Changed", "Conections" and
"Conections 2". All very iluminating, enertaning and don't require
- Edward Rupp
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