Is science and technology really responsible for what has happened to humanity? How has science (together with the help of technology) changed human's perception on life? For instance life is no longer seen sanctified but rather it is seen as a utilitarian value. Because science explains and measures the human body through numerical values thus human no longer see life as the mysterious beautiful gift from God.

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Science and technology dates back to the beginning of historic time. There was always some form of Science and technology, even if it were primitive. However, since this is the 'technology age' I think we have certainly become too dependent on technology and the instant gratification that it provides.

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No, humanity has created science and technology. So I think the cause and effect is the other way around. All of the benefits we have had, and the pain, have come from people who chose to research or invent something specific, based on a cultural need.
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I think it's wrong to say we value life less than we did before science.  Before science, leaders and upper class people could be amazingly callous about the lives of other people.  They would throw lives away in pointless wars.  They would allow their subjects to die of starvation and overuse.  They would enslave people and destroy their lives in that way.  I don't think that we see life in such a utilitarian way now.  We don't tend to think of others as tools to use, even if they die.  So I don't think that it is valid to say that we used to value life much more than we do now.

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I think it depends on how you view science.  I personally think science enhances my belief in God.  I just can't image that we happened this way by chance.  Surely God created us to be this way.  Of course, I do see that the perception of life in general has changed with the advancement of science.  We no longer see the workings of the body as mysterious.  Some things have no value to society at all anymore.  A small fetus is often looked at as just a collection of cells rather than a miracle in the making.  I really think it just depends on how you view the information.  Science could allow us to see the body as a collection of cells and measurements.  It could also offer proof that we are fearfully and wonderfully made by God.  It just really depends on a person's personal beliefs and how they interpret the data offered by science.

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