Replacing God with Technology

Replacing God with Technology

Your friends would love this: on Twitter on Facebook on Google+   “The law against murder is the number one thing preventing murder.” – Louis CK   Violent crime is a part of everyday life. It could happen to you or someone you know. Go on, take a second and think of an example. You most certainly have one. And you wonder “How could this happen? What kind of a monster would commit such a crime? Is he not at least scared of getting caught – by the police or the victim’s friends and family?” As normal citizens we seek deterrents against violence. We know there are some bad people out there and they need to behave. To an extent, we know that they need to be scared straight. When a criminal knows he will go unpunished, he is much more likely to commit the crime. The stronger and more certain the punishment, the lower he will act on his evil impulses. No deep psychological finding there. Throughout our history, God has acted as an effective deterrent. He is the top cop. We’ll take as read that God is a creation of humanity. It is an adaptation to strengthen the bonds within groups. Part of that strength comes from a belief that God is watching us and knows our inner most thoughts. People took an initial concept of God as something that was in control of nature and expanded its role into a force for monitoring your actions and even your intentions. God soon became a way to keep people in line. If the tribe elders cannot watch you all...