This article brings up an interesting claim that I’ve heard before, and I expect we’ll hear again. Cell phones are dangerous, the scientists say. Okay, fair enough, but scientists also say that our planet is melting to death under the weight of our carbon emissions. And I’m not so sure about that.

If it’s new, it has to be good. That’s one of the great fallacies of the 20th century, so recently passed. This is partly the reason for the embrace of cellphones and other gadgets. Cellphones are also convenient and useful. We figure that since they improve our productivity (and therefore our money) that they must be a good.

But of course this isn’t necessarily true. Oddly, Jurassic Park is one of the most helpful books I know of in this regard. That’s because it’s not just a dinosaurs-eating-people terror/thrill ride. It’s also a cautionary tale, warning against the dangers of technology. There’s nothing wrong with technology per se, argues Crichton (and not just in JP — it’s a common Crichton theme). The problem is that we latch on to technology without thinking about the implications or dangers of it.

I have no idea if cellphones are harmful. I don’t use one regularly, and the only one I own sits on a shelf all day, waiting to be used for long distance calls only. If cellphones are harmful, though, America will have taken a long draught before realizing it. At the very least, shouldn’t we check the well before we drink?

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