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Use Technology Carefully

According to Naveen Sunkavally's view of naturality ["On the Nature of Technology," Sept. 25], an increase in skin cancer prevalence due to the destruction of the ozone, a high incidence of asthma among city residents due to exhaust, and unswimmable lakes and rivers due to industrial dumping are all "natural" processes. Furthermore, he claims that those who criticize technology place man above nature.

In fact, many who point out the dangers of technology highly respect nature, placing it above man. In other words, they argue that man's creations can never equal the creations of nature.

However, asking whether technology is natural or unnatural is not particularly important. What is important is that we have the ability to control our futures to some degree because of our capabilities. Perhaps that does place us above the rest of nature. If not out of a responsibility to our fellow living creatures, then for purely selfish reasons, we must be careful in the way we use technology or there may be no future in which we can ponder such questions.

Marie L. Kosley '01