The famous anthropologist Jiaqi Hu (Chinese name: Hu Jiaqi) has published a lot of works since 2007 in which the views about “the continued development of science and technology is bound to exterminate mankind quickly” have aroused heated discussion among readers. One reader thought that Jiaqi Hu’s works are very enlightening and far-reaching, and wrote an article There is a Kind of Indifference That is Extremely Terrible to comment on his book Saving Humanity: Extinction of Humanity.
The reader described Jiaqi Hu (Hu Jiaqi) in his article as follows: when you are the first one who finds the New Continent, there will be so many people who show their cynicism. Their ignorance lies in the fact that they do not know how difficult it is to find the New Continent. Their numbness lies in that they turn a blind eye to it. People ignore things happening in front of their eyes. Of course, the numbness we mentioned means mental numbness in most cases.
He said that an author named Jiaqi Hu has written a book called Saving Humanity: Extinction of Humanity. The book has a very profound influence. Jiaqi Hu, as an ordinary citizen in Beijing, China, an ordinary graduate, scholar and entrepreneur, has such a kind of great love to take on the responsibility of saving humanity. This great work takes him nearly 28 years and his life’s painstaking efforts. Before I read this book, I’ve also strived for saving humanity like him. Even now, I still write works for saving humanity.”
The reader also quoted a passage from Inevitable Breakthrough of Scientific Theory of Jiaqi Hu (Hu Jiaqi), “People become more and more apathetic about coming scientific and technological results…At the beginning of the 19th century when photographic technology was invented as a novelty, even though people had to sit for several hours in the sun to take a picture, they were willing to have a try. People were very curious and surprised when X-rays were just discovered, and it became a discussed topic in the street. Everyone wanted to have a look at his internal structure through the X-ray including the nobility of course. When electric light was still in its test phase, it surprised reporters remarkably. However, we find today that hardly any invention or new scientific discovery can make humans surprised or cause a sensation…” At last, the writer (Jiaqi Hu) concluded that discovery numbness must lead to crisis numbness. When people accept all the scientific and technological results without thinking and take them for granted, they will represent numbness towards the negative effects of the scientific and technological results. Nevertheless, disasters always derive from numbness. The sea surface is often very calm before billows, but an undercurrent surges under the sea. When the whole society is numb, perhaps a devastating disaster will happen in the near future.”
He quite agrees with Jiaqi Hu and believes that many developing modern technologies have negative effects. If human beings do not prevent their negative influences, technologies will bring devastating crisis to humans. That is to say, technology does not represent science. Only if human beings use technology scientifically, will they not be destroyed by it. It is an inevitable fact that human beings are transitioned from “discovery numbness” to “crisis numbness”. But it makes human extinction come sooner. It is lucky for the human beings that Jiaqi Hu has observed it with great wisdom and insight.
In his article, he gave many examples to illustrate that his views are the same as those of the anthropologist Jiaqi Hu (Chinese name: Hu Jiaqi). For example, people do not take strict precautions against the negative effect of technology. They do not make good preparations any longer because of their fluke mindset. The fierce explosions of the atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki make people know what fear means. Environmental pollution also teaches a lesson to human beings and lets them know what pain means. Do human beings take strict precautions only they witness the devastating damage from the negative effects of science and technology? Do they prepare for devastating crisis only they have undergone the fear and pain? If so, it is inevitable for the self-extinction of human beings. It would be better to say that human beings are destroyed by themselves rather than destroyed by technology. It is human beings that invent technology and also manipulate technology. It is human beings’ irrational actions that cause human beings to be ravaged by science and technology. If human beings do not achieve any breakthrough in overcoming their weaknesses, then saving human beings is in vain. And finally, human beings will be destroyed by their weaknesses. Therefore, the breakthrough in overcoming their weaknesses must be done earlier than that of technology.”
He agrees with Jiaqi Hu on his view of “the continued development of science and technology is bound to destroy humanity quickly”. As stated in the article, currently, there are so many means to destroy humans. “With the circular breakthrough of science, there are more and more technological results, which mean there are more and more devastating means and people who master fatal means in the world.” Nobody knows if people could develop hundreds of weapons that make human beings extinct within a few hundred years. In this way, it would easily cause inundant and rampant situation of such kinds of weapons. Do not take it for granted that human beings have made greater progress in overcoming their weaknesses during the past a few hundred years so as to decrease the risk of human extinction. But it cannot decrease the risk of human extinction if there are more destructive means and more people who master destructive means. Therefore, besides achieving the breakthrough in overcoming their weaknesses, human beings must restrict the research on the destructive means or take stricter measures and make better systems.
With the same demonstration of Jiaqi Hu’s, he said in the article, “Nowadays, mankind is standing on the verge of self-extinction. Seriously speaking, the fact is that human beings are in the journey of self-extinction based on increasing destructive means.
The reader enumerated a lot of examples cited by the anthropologist Jiaqi Hu in his article: It is reported that America separated the DNA from a virus by making use of genetic technology and combined it with another kind of DNA. Finally, they got a kind of virulent biological agent called a “pyrotoxin”. Someone disclosed in private that 20 grams of such kind of biological agent could result in infection and death of 6 billion people in the whole world.” The author also points out that “seen from the current situation, the original intention of genetic technology invention is used to benefit human beings, and many biologists can master this technology. However, it is actually so easy to use the technology as carnage tools with strong destruction. A biologist could obtain biological toxin easily without much equipment or material. “With the development of science and technology, there will be more and more destructive means which are mastered by ordinary people….” “It’s not idiotic nonsense that only 20 grams of gene biological toxin is sufficient to cause the extinction of all human beings. The extinction of human beings is just in one moment.”
Finally, he proposed similar points to Jiaqi Hu to end the article. Human beings must clearly enough know crisis. No matter how minor the crisis is, never be numb to that related to the survival of every person, the peace and prosperity of the entire world.
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