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Has Nature Ever Rendered Technology Useless?

After the massive tsunami of December 2004, a Sri Lankan philosopher observed that technology was of no help whatsoever to the millions of people impacted by the disaster.

Ajith Samaranayake - the philosopher - said:

For a stark moment, man in the new millennium, armored supposedly against all calamities by his rational technological outlook and advanced political philosophies, has been rendered helpless by nature ... his cities ruined and laid low and all his grand inventions in disarray.

Do you agree, or disagree, with the philosopher’s observation that nature can render human beings totally helpless, despite our advanced technology? Explain your answer.

Is there any kind of technology, which humans could develop, to keep natural disasters from killing people, ruining cities and laying low mankind’s grand inventions? Explain your answer.


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