Douthwaite gives numerous, solid examples of ways our social problems can be improved by technology but from the other sources, we are shown that there are other ways to go about this. Huesemann begins with saying that the idea of humans having the ability to improve upon nature is outdates and even to be falsified by science, specifically, biological evolution (Huesemann pg. 5). He backs this statement with Barry Commoner’s “There is no such thing as free lunch.” Basically saying that will all the great technologies we have today, there will always be negative affects of these advances. Michael and Joyce Huesemann touch more on the ideas revolving around natural selection. Natural selection “continuously optimizes the balanced functions of all species with respect to each other within ecosystems” (Huesemann pg. 7). This parts basically means that when humans interact and attempt to change outcomes using science and technology, they ultimately disturb the natural balance.
The negative effects of this technology are directly related to the exploitation of nature based both on the human activities and the speed which they are done (Huesemann pg. 8). The resilience of societies is limited, Huesemann provides a strong example in stating the extinction of indigenous cultures as well as animals proves this.
Unintended consequences are a proof that our technologies are failing, in order to actually succeed in trying to solve out social problems we must keep trying. At this point, scientists should have enough evidence to back their ideas on what may or may not work. On the larger scale, problems shouldn’t be attempted to be solved all at once but rather trial and error in the smallest ways possible in order to find a solution.