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Stupidly worded poll

February 22, 2010

I don’t know what “GMTV” is, but from their website, here’s a remarkably stupid poll: Could you live without technology?

Unless you are one of a tiny handful of self-sufficient hermits the answer is no, you couldn’t.  It has nothing to do with your Blackberry; if all “technology” (depending how you define it) disappeared tomorrow, most of the world’s population would die rather horribly before things settled down to a brutish and short medieval existence.  You know – back when all food was organic and everyone lived in harmony with Nature, including the plague, intestinal parasites, and death from preventable diseases and treatable injuries.  And most of us never traveled further than 50 miles from the place of our births in our entire lives. If “Nature” were your mother, she’d be in prison for child abuse and neglect.

I know, I know; “stupidly worded poll” is almost a redundancy.

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  1. Ray
    February 23, 2010 at 09:32 | #1

    GMTV is, I’m ashamed to inform you, the most incredibly stupid “television” channel in the UK. I no longer live there, being a “resident alien” in the US, but to think such a mindless entity could exist in my homeland is pretty depressing.

  2. February 23, 2010 at 17:03 | #2

    I agree.  Poorly worded.  When Og wrapped a vine to secure a rock to the end of stick, it was “technology”.

    I swear, some people write just because they like the pretty patterns on the page.


  3. February 24, 2010 at 20:35 | #3

    Actually, MC, technology goes back to the time when our ancestors first chipped rocks to make them sharper. Anyway, it’s as human an activity as speech or abstract thinking. I doubt anyone could live anywhere nowadays without clothes, tools, and fire.

    Yes, it was an exceedingly stupid question.

  4. February 24, 2010 at 20:36 | #4

    What’s even more incredible is that 26% of the respondents said they could live without technology. I’m willing to bet that if anyone could manage, it would not be they.

  5. February 24, 2010 at 20:49 | #5

    What stuns me about the people who thought they could manage without “technology” is that they have no idea of the depth of the infrastructure that keeps them alive.  Haber-Bosch, high-amperage thyristors, neodymium mining, measurement standards from inches to heat to luminance, cotton string…

    Well OK, they know about cotton string and if pressed, they know about the cotton gin.  But they have no idea about the polymerase chain reaction thermocycling amplifier that is used to determine different genetic strains of cotton to find one that resists fungus or bugs.  Or the high-temperature enzyme in the PCR machine that scientists looking for something completely different found in extremophile bacteria in boiling hot springs.  Or the techniques for enzyme analysis that enabled them to find the enzymes.  Even cotton string is full of “high technology”.

    The list is endless, and they don’t even suspect.  They’re like little children who think they could run away from home not come to grief.

  6. February 26, 2010 at 09:21 | #6

    It is very easy to forget that everything man-made is inherently technological. It’s cool this morning. I don’t like running the heat (reverse-cycle air conditioning), so I’m bundled up in my sweats (made out of some kind of fiber, by somebody, somewhere), with Crocs on my feet, drinking coffee which was harvested, processed, and put where I could get it, leavened by lactose-free milk and flavored by sugar-free caramel.

    Live without technology? Right.

    As for polls, I simply will not answer them at any time about anything.

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