FBI/DNA/SOAD/QED

Alright then, let’s get down to business.

The FBI is looking to change their system for storing DNA profiles of criminals against ‘the scientists’ needs’.

Now this is a case where I get a feel for why there is such a thing as anti-science. As unreasonable as a position against the study of reality from within is, viewing this investigative process as an institution, it’s easy to see how some people might misinterpret the profiling of DNA as a violation of personal freedoms.

And as described in the British man mentioned in the article (who was wrongly accused of burglary because of DNA testing.

His DNA matched six of the loci of the DNA collected at the scene, however, when further profiling was done it was discovered that the man’s DNA different at one of the four additional markers set up, essentially enabling him to make a narrow escape from what very well could have been a false imprisonment.

But let me say that as stated above, this is not a case of violations due to science and the scientific method, it’s about the way governing agencies etc. use the results of years of research to meet goals that aren’t necessarily those the technologies were intended towards.

This, as I mentioned before, is something Serj Tankian of System of a Down is concerned about, when a large amount of the technology generated is used to create more efficient methods of killing people.

The sad part about this is that organised death is where the research dollars are at to a large extent. However, this is not the fault of the scientific method, and by no means does this mean scientific endeavours are a bad thing.

A great many wonders have come from research as well as the few horrors. Smallpox is pretty much extinct, AIDS is largely treatable, the human life expectancy has increased by decades, we have only radiation and budget limitations stopping us from extending our civilisation onto other worlds.

Awe is a wonderful thing to have alongside doubt.

And as hard optimism in the face of pessimism is, well, you don’t have to ignore the dark side of technology to see the light.

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