12 April 2010, JellyBean @ 5:35 am

A common theme in science fiction involves a highly advanced society in which people no longer understand the basis of science and technology. In such societies science is often just a series of beliefs that are to be accepted without question like in a religion.

The Star Trek episode “Spock’s Brain” dealt with a society in which the people had little understanding of anything, even though the women lived in a climate controlled environment underground with sophisticated technology that required Mr. Spock’s brain to operate. Installing Spock’s brain had required one of the women to put on a machine that temporarily provided her with the knowledge to accomplish the task. After completing the task she forgot everything.

“For the World Is Hollow…” was another such episode with a priestess in charge of the knowledge taking orders from a machine viewed as a god.

Is our society moving in that direction? Is science on our planet becoming just another religion possibly a primitive religion based on a wizard’s magic?

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