Thirty years ago, Michael Crichton, a brilliant scientist and artist, published a series of essays, non-fiction, that described first his experiences in Harvard Medical School, and then the Travels (the title of the book) which followed, and his exploration of alternative technologies.
His experiences in med school left him wanting. I so get that.
At any rate, the last essay is brilliant, it very much resembles the “Conclusions” section of a peer reviewed science article, as it summarizes his findings after a twenty year period of data collection. That piece was written, in fact, to present to the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, a group I know well, they publish the Skeptical Inquirer, Carl Sagan was a founder, my anthropology prof was a member, it’s kind of the epitome of hard core scientism.
Carl doesn’t like what has become of it; its closed mindedness. They did not hear the presentation.
But the reason Alternative Technologies comes to mind as a title, is that those which are presented as Crichton’s data, those Direct Experiences he had (so relevant to science, so similar to my own), the ones so, so many people have had, those Technologies are things that Science has simply ignored, and laughed at, those technologies which are so “superior” in so many ways to the poisons and pills and engineering of science, those technologies actually have the potential to heal the world and not continue to kill it, as science’s technologies are doing.
That Crichton’s data and conclusions have been ignored by science for 30 years is a tragedy. Without knowing that this book existed, I repeated much of his inquiry, my direct experiences provided me with a similar data set to his, there is so much evidence to support the efficacy of these alternative technologies, so much evidence showing us the dangers of science’s technologies, so much evidence science has ignored.
I don’t agree with all of Crichton’s conclusions, there are technologies he didn’t give enough attention to, in my opinion, and I’m beyond confident that others, like myself, have collected just mounds of data similar to his, and mine, in the last 30 years.
Science has become a religion, and a toxic and dangerous one at that.
Give me alternative technologies, please.