Google, Skype, Wiki and God

My friend Neil Chandler e-mailed this to me, I thought you might find it interesting, I know I did. ----------

Isn’t it amazing how quickly something can enter popular culture? I now often hear people saying “I’ll Skype you …” instead of just phoning you or “I’ll look it up on Google or Wiki…” as if this is a long-trusted resource. But then again, without drifting into conspiracy theories, there is a lot of disinformation available and who moderates all this stuff? It seems to me that we can easily adopt and accept technology without question. The wheel is probably the single most important invention of all time. I Googled for “History of the Wheel” and found a range of answers which mostly converged on Asia sometime between 8,000 and 3,500 BC. But in searching for this fact – you can find a range of answers, opinions and even tangents which drift off into mysticism and the occult (why does technology seems to transcend into spirituality at the edges?). It can’t all be true….

We live in a technological world. It is technology that has formed our collective point of reference; like the Iron Age or the Steam Age, we are living the “Digital Age”. We expect technology to provide our answers with computers capable of faster than thought computations, medical excellence extending our life-spans and genetic engineering improving everything from grain yields to choosing our children’s eye colour.

It is in digitising things that it occurred to me we are taking Gods infinitely more complex analogue world and making a pixel rendition of it. Like taking a masterpiece and reproducing it with painting by numbers. And as technology progresses we can digitise everything into smaller and smaller representations until we arrive at the sub-atomic level, where ironically science and the laws of physics break down. Einstein was quoted as saying “Science can provide us with knowledge about the universe, it cannot provide us with any reason for pursuing this knowledge, and it cannot provide us with any guidance for how to live”. For that we still need God.