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  1. In general, I would try to avoid labels and templates such as “spiritual/technology” or “science/religion”when asking questions like this. Because such confrontations are always far-fetched and have nothing to do with reality.

    People are always interested in exactly the same thing. How to make your life more comfortable and longer? You can also add a question here “How do we make sure that humanity survives at all?“. And from the point of view of these questions, everything falls into place.

    Since ancient times, religion has been a mechanism for strengthening society, contributing to its survival. Including religion – a way to make your life more comfortable (by observing various taboos), and longer (up to infinity due to the posthumous, depending on the observance of taboos during life).

    Exactly the same issues are being addressed by what you called technologies. They make our life more convenient and comfortable, and often extend our life.

    Which tool to choose to answer these questions is a purely individual matter, but we can admit that now technology has become much more accessible than religion. While religion in some places began to forget why it is needed at all. Again, religion requires some costs, its mechanisms of operation are less well understood, and only a very small percentage of anthropologists are interested (others do not deal with these issues). Consequently, even representatives of religions are not always able to clearly answer the question of why they are needed (which does not negate their necessity, since religion still performs many functions to protect people and society).

    p.s. By technology in this question, I meant Scientific and Technological Progress (NTP) and its products, and by spiritual search, religion, as a way to find communication and interaction with higher forces. Just making it clear.

  2. The question is on the topic of “psychology”, but you touched on technologies that already belong to my field. So I'll do my bit.

    Technology is now an integral part of life. You probably also use a mobile phone. Just what you wrote on one of the samples of modern software technologies, possible thanks to Internet technologies. When buying online, you also use a whole series of technologies, and even withdrawing money at an ATM, or bringing a bank card at the checkout, you use technologies again. By the way, thanks to their future development, you can now bring your smartphone instead of a bank card and save space in your wallet. And sometimes (perhaps) you wonder “how did you do it” in the movies, and so on. True, in the case of cinema, it's certainly not always about technology, but nowadays it often uses various samples, including 3D graphics, and sometimes truly revolutionary technologies.

    So, as you can see, the topic of technology and its development has affected almost all aspects of our lives. Even such a sad event as the Pandemic again forced to talk about technology. And not only in terms of remote work, the production of vaccines is also associated with them. And this is all because technologies around us, almost everywhere, are actually responsible for most aspects of our lives, making it easier or, conversely, complicating it. Therefore, it is not so bad to be interested in both the technologies themselves and the development prospects. This can really make life easier, and don't underestimate the technology itself and its impact on us.

    Spiritual pursuits, of course, have an infinitely greater value in themselves (everyone will put the emphasis on themselves). Especially if you make a reservation that no matter how important technologies are, they are a passing phenomenon. Some technologies replace others, and even the interest in technology itself, and not something else, may change. Times are changing, so is fashion and the influence of the outside on our lives. This can be easily traced in history, and what has stirred minds at various times.

    But coming back to the spiritual, I wouldn't be so upset about it being less interesting for people in general. By the way, it's not a fact that this is actually less interesting, but rather less talked about. Because the spiritual is personal. I would even say intimate. And why let “all the people in the world” into such things? And not everyone is ready to talk about this topic openly and publicly, and in fact it is not necessary, and sometimes it is even incorrect. Spiritual search is a deeply individual thing and should not be overly public and most popular. This is a question for each individual. But here we are already moving into another area, so I will leave this part to my Q colleagues in the topic “psychology”.

  3. When we say “many people,” each of us often falls into a cognitive trap. Russia is indeed a country of techno-optimists: according to a 2017 sociological survey, 48% of respondents are convinced that science and technology can solve social and economic problems of society (similar data was received by VTsIOM in 2020). In the European Union, only 28% of respondents expressed such confidence, while in the United States – less than 10%.

    At the same time, in “technopessimistic” countries, the demand for spiritual practices and humanitarian development is higher than in “technoo — optimistic” ones (whether these phenomena are related is an open question). From here, a whole industry of personal growth training and scientific trends such as positive psychology grows.

    Returning to the question – not everywhere people are more concerned with technological progress and rely solely on it. Why this is the case in Russia is debatable.

  4. For a banal reason: the real world is one and the same. Science and technology are international and one for all. You can't” bypass ” or change it arbitrarily. They do not depend on politics, religion, or personal beliefs. They don't even require “faith” in themselves. They don't even require you to understand what you're doing or why. Do what the technology prescribes-and you will get results. Whether you like it or don't like it, believe it or don't believe it, or understand why.

    Whereas religion requires “faith”for its effectiveness. I'm not talking about moving mountains. Even just psychotherapy requires ” faith.”

    And if the laws of science and technology are invariant, then there are many different religions. A “spiritual search” – generally nemeryano. “Spiritual quest” takes place not in the real world, but in some virtual worlds, which are different for everyone. Everyone has their own. And even if someone found something awesome in their virtual world, it's not a fact that it will work in another virtual world. And not even the fact that the result will not change the sign.

    The real, material world is one. And the virtual worlds in people's minds created by upbringing, religion, ideology, customs, culture, and personal “spiritual practices” are many and very different. And people, quite naturally, are more interested in what guarantees the result, regardless of the” spirituality”, regardless of the virtual world in which consciousness resides.

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