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Soul-less Science
“The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible.”  — Bertrand Russell
 
Science should learn from nature and not try and teach nature a lesson or two. The story of mad cow disease is still fresh in our memory. Materialistic science wanted to get more money by making the cows give more milk and beef by making the cow a non-vegetarian. Cows were fed giblets from goats, sheep, chicks and what have you. Very soon, an organism without DNA and RNA was born—the prion—the cause of the mad cow disease. The story is still more dangerous. They are actually playing with fire in trying to change evolution itself.
 
A thoughtful veterinary surgeon was pouring his heart out to me about the state-of-affairs in his field, which made me feel really bad. How can we assume that we are superior creatures on this planet and have the right over the life of all other animals? They are as much a part of this world and its evolution. The scientific hubris of the scientists from advanced countries defies nature! As George Bernard Shaw wrote: “Intellectual integrity made it quite impossible for me to accept the myths and dogmas of even very great scientists, more particularly of the belligerent and so-called advanced nations. Indeed, those intellectuals who accepted them were abdicating their functions for the joy of feeling themselves at one with the herd.” 
 
I couldn’t agree more. Look at how we torture the calf to make veal for our enjoyment. The meat has to be soft, white and succulent. To get that, we put the new-born calf in a dark room with just enough space to stand still and not move. The calf can never see the sun or touch the ground as it has just enough space to stand alone, between two walls. No food is given to drain itself of all the blood in circulation and no muscle growth. Then the calf is sacrificed at the butcher’s shop. Isn’t this really cruel? But veal is the most expensive item in five-star hotels. Who gave us that right to kill that innocent creature in that manner? Who do we think we are? 
 
As if that were not enough; now, the scientific community has started with the most horrendous job of almost changing the very purpose of life on this planet, as reductionist science does not believe that this world has any purpose. It is supposed to work like a purposeless clock set in motion at the Big Bang. Veterinary ‘scientists’ are trying to change the very purpose of life for the sake of those who are very powerful. The two driving forces of life are self-preservation and procreation. 
 
Now, the ‘scientists’ want to destroy the very cycle and make the cows get artificially inseminated to produce just female calves! Gradually, the animals might forget their cycle and the males might become extinct! This will be dangerous situation as we are completely upsetting the intention of evolution on this planet. This brings to mind the dangerous ‘eugenics’ games being played by Hitler and his hit men on human species! In what way are our present scientists different from Hitler? What worries me is like the mad cow disease, nature will teach mankind a bitter lesson when we meddle with its very purpose. When that happens, innocent people, who think scientists are some kind of superior beings, also suffer. The terrorists are seen doing harm (killing, torturing, etc.) and they are universally condemned; but the scientists playing a more dangerous game are being eulogised! A mad world indeed!
 
“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” — Alvin Toffler

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COMMENTS

Mahesh S Bhatt

4 months ago

Good Article.

Money is new God Values are gone to dogs.Ethical Conscious Capitalism is non existent hence more chaos Pl view Values for Wealth at youtube.com.

Intelligent people are becoming more corrupt & legally correct. Sad times. Mahesh

Deepak Narain

4 months ago

The mad commercial pursuit of all aspects of life is taking away spirituality and higher values. This does not portent well. There have to be some decent limits to commercial exploitation.

pradeep gowda

4 months ago

Very Rightly said Professor.

Go Pokémon Go...
As I write this piece, Pokemon Go, the latest fad among mobile users is not yet officially launched in India. However, this does not mean that people are not playing this free-to-play location-based augmented reality game on their mobile handsets. We are not against anyone using their mobiles for other purposes than what the device was invented for. However, with augmented reality-type games, there is always a danger to the lives of the player as well as those of others. 
 
According to reports, the Dutch company ProRail has complained that players are entering the railway tracks. Residents of the Sydney suburb of Rhodes were so fed up with the large numbers of players gathering in their area, that they threw water bombs at the visiting players, says another news report. Police, from several countries, have issued warnings about inattentive driving and trespassing, while playing the game. Many people have suffered injuries from accidents related with the game, as per media reports.
 
Now about the game. Pokémon Go was released in July 2016 on iOS and Android-based devices. Using the device’s GPS and camera, the game allows players to capture, battle and train virtual creatures, called Pokémon. These Pokémons appear on the device screen just like in the real world. They can be anywhere and everywhere, like a shop, restaurant or a garden. The player creates its own avatar to play this game which moves as the player roams around the game’s map. Depending on the location the player is moving around in, she would come across the Pokémons. For example, near water, there is a water-type Pokemon  which the player has to capture. In addition, players are required to physically travel to explore the game’s map and visit PokéStops and gyms. The ultimate goal of the game is to complete the entries in the Pokédex, a comprehensive Pokémon encyclopaedia, by capturing and evolving to obtain the original 151 Pokemon.
 
Within 24 hours after its release, Pokémon Go topped the American App Store’s ‘Top Grossing’ and ‘Free’ charts. The average daily usage of the app on Android devices exceeded Snapchat, Tinder, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, says a report. And all this, despite the game suffering from frequent crashes or outages of servers due to high number of users. The funniest part is that people in China, where Pokemon Go is not launched, used IDs from Australian app stores and a GPS spoofing app for Google services, to play the game! This happened across several countries. 
 
My point, especially in the Indian context, is that we do not have the kind of roads and landscapes and the rules for citizens to behave in public spaces. The infrastructure, at places where the Pokémon Go is officially launched and is being played by millions of mobile users, is much better than in India. And, yet, there are accidents and injuries. I can imagine what would happen to a youngster who would play the game on ever-crowded streets of Mumbai (or for that matter any other metros or even a Tier-II city). 
 
Mobiles were basically developed as tool for communication; they are now evolving as an entertainment device. However, this development has come at a cost. A cost for frequently charging (changing in some cases) batteries, high utilisation of Internet data and strain on eyes are just few examples. Not to forget medical treatment charges for injuries caused due to the addiction of playing games or using mobiles while walking on a busy road or a rail station. But, it is you who will be paying the cost.

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Modi to launch PMO app at MyGov anniversary event
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Saturday launch the new PMO app at a function organised by MyGov here, officials said.
 
The app would correspond to the website of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).
 
"Interestingly, the team that won the contest to develop the app is a team of young engineering students from Delhi," MyGov Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Gaurav Dwivedi said here on Thursday. 
 
The government had launched a two-phased contest in March 2015 on MyGov platform for the development of PMO app. A team of six engineering students from Delhi Technical University won the contest and finally got to develop the app.
 
"Prime Minister Modi would launch the app during the second anniversary function of MyGov that we are organising here on August 6. The event will feature multiple panel discussions and the first ever 'town hall' to be addressed by the Prime Minister," Dwivedi said. 
 
It would be Modi's first 'town hall' address in the country. He had last year answered questions from the audience at a town hall event at the Facebook headquarters in the US. 
 
Those who would get to interact with the Prime Minister in the town hall have been selected from among the regular users of MyGov platform, who have pitched in "quality suggestions" for various government programmes, the official said.
 
"We are trying to get a fair representation of people from across the country. Those who have been active on MyGov platform and have contributed with quality suggestions are being short-listed. But it is not an easy task given that the number of such participants is quite large," Dwivedi said.
 
The day-long event will have panel discussions and see participation from union ministers and senior officials, he said.
 
MyGov was launched by Modi in July 2014 to provide opportunity to the people to participate in multiple theme-based discussions and share their thoughts. 
 
The platform has several groups like Clean Ganga, Girl Child Education, Digital India, Food Security and Healthy India. 
 
MyGov has 3.52 million registered members, 1,82,000 submissions in 491 tasks and 3.40 million comments in 590 discussion themes. 
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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