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Silent3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-16-09 01:59 PM
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88. Technology is definitely a part of culture...
...so if culture is part of nature, then technology is part of nature too.

The problem with worrying about the "good of the planet" as an abstract thing questions like "good for what?" or "good for whom"? "Good" does not exist without a perspective to evaluate it from.

For all life that exists today, it was a "good thing" an asteroid smacked into the planet about 65 million years ago and wiped out the dinosaurs (and a lot of other life). For life already there at the time... eh, not so good.

Even if humans lived in some neo-luddite, grass hut "all-natural" utopia, humans would still be competing with other organisms for natural resources. Some non-human life would be better off without humans, but then again, some non-mouse life would be better off without mice -- everyone is a competitor, and removing a competitor usually benefits someone (perhaps a vole that feeds on much of the same stuff as the mice) while possibly harming someone else (a predator that feeds on mice but might not do as well trying to eat voles).

Rats and roaches and pigeons are probably better off than they would have been without humans. Farms animals (wretched though there condition often might be) exist in far greater numbers than a human-free environment would support.
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