Modern Technology Makes Religious Memes Look Crazy
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I was a geeky kid from the very beginning. By the time I was 12 years old neighbors were paying me $5 a pop to repair their televisions. In the process of learning how to repair a television I was immersed for years in a world where cause can be linked to effect so reliably that you can predict, for example, what will happen if you remove the vertical oscillator tube from an ancient tube type TV (a thin white vertical line across center of screen - no vertical deflection).
The reliability of this result is 100%.Three hundred years ago people were not constantly exposed to things that either worked perfectly every time or did not work at all. Sure, they had ships at sea, wagons, carts, lots of big machines but they still were nowhere near the level of technological saturation we see in the developed world today. The difference is enormous.Three hundred years ago people might have prayed for a sick goat to get better, or prayed for rain so their crops would not die, and the things they wanted could possibly happen and sometimes did. Try removing the vertical oscillator from an ancient TV with discrete components and then pray for the picture to return to normal.
So here is my point. Kids today are growing up in a world surrounded by technological gadgets that clearly and obviously exploit the laws of physics to function in a well understood and highly predictable fashion. There are no faith-based cell phones, and for a very good reason - wishing does not make it so.Three hundred years ago you could pray the family goat would get better and it might have happened, try praying for a smashed iPod to start working again.Without even being aware that it is happening kids today learn the fact that certain things are very well understood and no mumbo jumbo is required to explain them. So when people start dishing out the mumbo jumbo they want real, practical information like what are the cheat codes for Christianity (confession?) but all they get is vague promises and more mumbo jumbo.Christianity just does not ring true anymore in a modern world where things that worked yesterday work the same way today based on demonstrable facts.
The world has begun placing a higher value on empirical facts than fancy fairy tales.The genie is out of the bottle, and the kids are texting each other about an ugly genie that is, like, so gross.