The Question Concerning Technology and Religion

Finished chapter 1, “What is religion?” of Nishitani’s Religion and Nothingness. This book is outstanding. He takes a line of reasoning that seeks to resolve the problem of religion and science by tracing the connections between the diverse topics: “Creatio ex Nihilo,” Descartes, Sartre, Judeo-Christian “Original Sin,” Buddhist “Emptiness,” Modern Atheism, and Nihilism. I will be blogging on this text for a while …

In other news today, “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” is playing tonight at the Unitarian Universalist church of Princeton organized by the Coalition for Peace Action. There is definitely something wrong with Western civilization, that has grown up from the Judeo-Christian tradition, when technology that can wipe out all life on earth like the atomic bomb is developed. New theology of peace and mutual understanding is the only way for human life to continue in the modern world …

An excellent and spirited discussion was had after viewing Dr. Strangelove at the Unitarian Universalist church of Princeton. We ended discussing American hypocrisy, Iran, mutually assured destruction, Israel, and first strike. An interesting piece of history. “Since the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945, the world has come to the nuclear brink only twice. The first, and better known, was the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. The second, and much less discussed, occurred in the early days of the Yom Kippur war, which began 30 years ago today.”  Two other things that were also of note that were mentioned, the text On Thermonuclear War and the journal armscontrol.org.

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I am a Berkeley educated chemistry Ph.D. who is moving into the area of working on developing appropriate technology for communities that are subjected to socio-economic oppression. The goal is to use simple and effective designs to empower people to live better lives. Currently, I am working with Native Americans on Pine Ridge, the Lakota reservation in South Dakota. I am working with a Native owned and run solar energy company. We are currently working on building a compressed earth block (CEB) house that showcases many of the technologies that the company has developed. The CEB house is made of locally derived resources, earth from the reservation. The blocks are naturally thermally insulating, keeping the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Eventually, a solar air heater and photovoltaic panels will be installed into the house to power the home and keep it warm, while preserving the house off the grid. A side project while in Pine Ridge is a solar computer. I hope to learn about blockchain encryption software for building microgrids. In addition, it is an immediate interest of mine to involve local youth in technology education.
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