The Anthropological Paradox of the Digital Age

Abstract: As technology invades everyday life, human needs and goals are turned towards it. However, success in the technology field have established the belief that everything is possible, even interventions for the enhancement of the human self. Nonetheless, this viewpoint carries risks since it puts human aside.

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the most ambitious experiment of European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) promises to assist us, after its restart, with the breadth of experiments that will host, in the expansion of our knowledge of the universe, the control of the Standard Model, and maybe eventually the formulation of an M-Theory. The research for the existence of “Higgs Boson”, i.e. the theoretical particle which explains why the matter has mass, also known as “God Particle”, constituted the cornerstone and source of many scientific discussions regarding the CERN experiment.

In human history, the fantasy and scientific knowledge with technology as their maidservant encouraged human in bigger challenges each time. Within this framework, the research of the “God Particle” is registered as one more step in the constant human effort to perceive the surrounding world, an effort which is based on an almost deterministic necessity. As if there is something written inside him, the human looks for the cause and the aim of the world, but his acts often lead him to new “Towers of Babel”. Nowadays, the challenge is bigger though. Because, while in the common narration of the Bible people wanted to reach the sky through the use of new methods, technology now gives the opportunity to human to set even higher aims.

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