Can Science End War? (New Human Frontiers)
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Free-roaming killer drones stalk the battlespace looking for organic targets. Human combatants are programmed to feel no pain. Highpower microwave beams detonate munitions, jam communications, and cook internal organs.
Is this vision of future war possible, or even inevitable? In this timely new book, Everett Carl Dolman examines the relationship between science and war. Historically, science has played an important role in ending wars – think of the part played by tanks in breaching trench warfare in the First World War, or atom bombs in hastening the Japanese surrender in the Second World War – but to date this has only increased the danger and destructiveness of future conflicts. Could science ever create the con-ditions of a permanent peace, either by making wars impossible to win, or so horrific that no one would ever fight? Ultimately, Dolman argues that science cannot, on its own, end war without also ending what it means to be human.
to tins in Britain, provided troops with portable food (to reduce local area foraging and thus increase the practical size of military forces). A military research library was established at Meudon (which still operates) that devised the first military observation balloons. The levée was a desperate measure to be sure, but conscripts came forward and swelled the ranks. From European armies averaging fewer than 40,000 men a century before, the French Army now boasted a total strength of more than
power, Napier worked feverishly for the state. But once he determined England to be comfortably ahead, he refused to work on war-making applications for the last years of his life (Brodie and Brodie 1973: 11). Napier was a well-known theologian and a somewhat dodgy occultist and alchemist, and his refusals were thought to be part of his desire to get on with other areas of interest. But on his death in 1617 it was discovered that his private notebooks were filled with all manner of devious
it was obvious the technology of the day had outstripped tactics and strategy, and the battle-lines of the Western Front stagnated into a brutal repetition of trenchwarfare attrition. States began to pull scientists from universities and corporations and place them directly in support of their militaries, and further started to 59 Can Scientists End War? identify prominent scientists or technicians that had been drafted and sent to the front lines so they could be withdrawn from the fight and
capabilities faster than antagonistic ones can devise deadly new weapons. Regardless, science is leading the military into profound logistical changes that present both opportunity and peril. The need to explore the universe, to know the natural world precisely, without regard to moral or ideological imperative, now moves from the macro world of printers and the Internet to the micro world of germs and nanoparticles. The military will adapt. Micro war – it’s the little things that’ll get you
or widespread literacy the faithful needed to be called to worship to receive the benefits of devotion. The settled-upon technique was to ring vespers from bells mounted in church steeples, which could be made to sound the various times for special prayers, church attendance, and even public warnings (approaching armies) and announcements (the death of a king, for example). The larger the bell, the further the call could go out, but iron was still too impure in its then-current form, and so large