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Heidegger: The Implications of Technological Advancements

As the old saying goes; ‘The science of today is the technology of tomorrow’. Well, that is true for the most part, but it doesn’t make it easily digestible by the notable few, especially in regards to our person of focus who is none other than Martin Heidegger. Heidegger thinks that science has indeed yielded great benefits to humanity, but how valid or better yet, how relevant is the myriad of information ascertained? Science was a thought out attempt to make sense of humans, as well as to elbow out the pervading confusion that was, and still is lingering in the minds of the curious. On the same vein, discerning attributes in hopes of making more sense of things in the realm of science, would be dissecting an entity as to zoom in on its weight, mass, density, size, relativity to other objects etc., and all that would then morph into a clear cut picture of ‘being’. But then we stop and think to ourselves, is there more to being than how much that thing weighs, or how it is compared to other things? Is this a dwelling on some mathematical inquiry in a desperate attempt to curb out the potent question marks that haunt inventors, scientists, and thinkers?


We can relate Heideggers' thought process with Elluls’ and how he believed that the omnipotent technique of using quantitative means to solve problems will never fully satisfy the conundrum at hand. Because the fact of the matter is that the most important things in life are not measurable by numbers, charts, and statistics, and the most ‘human’ things cannot come from a quantitative root. I digress, but back to our point. What science has done in the eyes of Heidegger in terms of understanding existence and ‘being’ is lay out a bunch of facts that teachers and professors can reiterate to kids at school to fill up void spaces, prevailing question marks, and attempt to have a ‘once across the board’ approach to make sense of our existence. Science has given us a definition of existence along the lines of a spatial and temporal realm that's chock full of entities stretching from lions to mountains to fences that are all spatially and temporally related to one another. But what about our consciousness and our thoughts, how do they fit into all this? This is where science falls short and zooms in on the quantitative aspects of existence and completely evades the actual ‘human’ parts of it that are more worthwhile if you ask Ellul or Heidegger.


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