I posted this on another thread but it seemed to get lost in a sudden burst of other postings, which I am sure were important as many of them were directed towards people with immediate concerns. I hope you do not mind me re-posting on this thread as I feel that it is relevant.
There have been a number of movies that have explored what could happen if machines began to dominate humans. They always start out with the machine/computer being friendly and benign, and end up with the technology controlling in an evil way. In the movies they make it obvious for us to tell between right and wrong, if you will. However, things in life are seldom that clear. Why? I think it is because we humans rationalize this, that and the other in order to justify living lives that are incomplete. We know this instinctively but yet we insist on creating realness, rather than being real.
It is for this reason that I do not believe in technology per se. I can see what it can do, which is oft times helpful, but I can also see it's limitations.
An EMG or MRI is just a test, a machine with a human behind it. It is nothing more, nothing less. If we look to it to validate our health, or lack thereof, than we will feel no respite from our dread. Science in all it's glory can still not say why a flower grows. To reduce our health down to the deduction of a machine, and an interpretation of that machine is a dubious practice.
I am not against machines, science or tests. What I am against is using them as a substitute for our common........sense, as a replacement for our faith in ourselves and in the incredible vitality of life itself. Most people are not stricken with a dreadful disorder when they are relatively young, is this not incredible, should this not form the cornerstone of our belief system?
There is within all of us a deep well of understanding, a light that shows us the way. If that were not true then how could we survive the millenia? What kind of healing or healer are we looking for? Someone who pricks and prods and then makes a pronouncement based on electronic squiggles.
Technology is just a tool, and it's a good tool. but it should not be the only tool in our toolbox. There is also critical thinking, horse sense, love, passion, compassion, understanding, and faith.
We twitch, what of it? It is not in the defining of that twitch which leads to succour, to wellness, but instead in the understanding of the condition/s which led up to that. The canvas that comprises a life is vibrant in colour, and rich in nuance. Machines can make false-positives/negatives and maybe positive/negative falsehoods but one thing is for CERTAIN: a life is not false, and should not be reduced to the dictates or whims of a test, a machine.