Technology and ethics

The battle between religion and science (or at least some religions or sects) has always seemed to be rather a struggle between technology and ethics. To turn-of-the-20th-century physicists like Neils Bohr and Werner Heisenberg, science and its discoveries revealed a mysticism in their writings to rival the most spiritually-minded writers. Likewise, Albert Einstein’s statements about technology in the guise of atonmic weapons are unmatched by clergy in moral strength. The abstractions of science, like the abstractions of religion, are never as compelling in daily life and culture as are the prevailing technology (and its effects on environment and society), or the ethics of a people, government, or culture.