Ted Obvious writes from London: How is it that we can send a spaceship to Mars that drops a fancy looking vehicle on the surface that then beams images of the Red Planet to Earth and yet, we can’t treat a common cold or predict the weather for the next day correctly?
We always hear that we live in a high-tech world where everything is push-button, remote controlled and very, very sophisticated. But we are still driving cars that are powered by engines that were invented more than 100 years ago. (I especially like this example of technical progress and science failing us miserably.) We can build state of the art weaponry and create ‘smart bombs’ that can fly through an open window into a building and whack everyone inside, but we still can’t figure out how to produce energy without messing up the environment.
Let’s be brutally honest: science sucks! It’s too busy creating stuff we don’t really need and it proves absolutely helpless when it comes to the really important things. Who on earth needs all these thousands of gadgets like fancy mobiles with millions of functions in them to satisfy the egos of some dimwits and annoy everyone around? One of the most useless technological achievements in the world of gadgetry was installing a loudspeaker into a mobile phone, so that cretins could annoy others, playing crappy tracks they download from the web. The quality of sound, resembling a noise coming from an empty beer can, is supposed to symbolise years of research and innovation. But it sucks in reality, this whole stupid concept.
Sir James Dyson is supposed to be one of the brilliant inventors of our times. But the only thing he is preoccupied with is inventing new models of vacuum cleaners and washing machines instead of having a go at something more important, like for example a water purifier that might save laves of millions in Africa and other places. But no, Sir James is into making lots of money, you see. Too busy to spare some time to invent something really worthwhile.
And what is the big deal with all those huge flat televisions, with their 3D high-definition pictures, when there’s absolutely nothing to watch on the box? It’s a wasted effort by inventors. Crappy shows look exactly the same in high-definition or low-definition or no definition, big or small screen, 3D or no 3D. You can’t improve the content by developing the quality of the signal. If some mediocrity screams in some Cringe-Factor singing contest, it actually makes sense to make the sound less clear and save everyone the bother of hearing non-singing.
Questions, disturbing questions arise when you think about how hopelessly confused science is. Consider this for a moment: in our high-tech world with our fancy pharmaceutical industry we have thousands of absolutely useless medicines produced that make very little difference when it comes to curing serious illnesses. Why? Because, first of all, we still can’t learn to diagnose illnesses properly and are even lagging behind the ancient Greeks and Egyptians in that field and, secondly, the medicines we have are symptom suppressors and not problem solvers. All this talk about people living longer misses one point: you can become a zombie and live till you’re 100, but who wants to live like a vegetable for 20 or more years?
And here’s another example for you of science not really delivering much: how come if we have so many eggs-heads, supposedly coming up with brilliant solutions all the time, we nevertheless sleepwalked into this climate change thing that is threatening to destroy us all? Where were all the scientists before and why didn’t they develop clean technologies ages ago, instead of realising only now that we are all going to perish in a new great flood? And how about that great big con with energy saving light bulbs? We were told by scientists that they are more efficient, safe and perform better then the old light bulbs. But what do we find out now? We find out that the new energy saving light bulbs are even more dangerous for the environment than the old ones, cost much more and are not that great to use. For this scam alone the green mafia and the scientists involved should be prosecuted and sent to the slammer.
It does look odd when some nerdy looking smart arse tells us to switch off the lights and eat less meat to cut CO2 emissions when this pales into insignificance compared to the damage that millions of cars with their internal combustion engines – yes, the ones that were invented more than 100 years ago and are still going strong – do to the environment? Not to mention the power stations running on coal. Why should we be held responsible just because our scientists stuck to inventing rubbish instead of concentrating on the important things?
Modern science sucks because the people involved in it get their priorities all wrong. They are into inventing silly gadgets, like that Dyson guy with his endless range of vacuum cleaners, that make money quickly for their producers. They have forgetten that science needs to look at the bigger picture and invent things that really matter, the stupid bastards.
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