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     I saw and used my first computers in college, in the early eighties. I learned to program in BASIC, which operated on the DOS machines of that age before Windows. It consisted mostly of  GOTO and IF/THEN type commands on a black screen. Computers didn't have windows (or doors) and had to be "booted." Lol. BASIC code was like basic logic, amounting to the Fun With Dick And Jane primers I read in first grade.
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     Web, Cyberspace, and Upload/Download were nonexistant in our world. Disks were
floppy instead of compact. They started out at 8" like the pic below and kept
getting smaller. They were square, not round. I firmly believe the statement I
have seen, "Friends Don't Let Friends Do DOS." You just don't need that to mess
your head up. Lol.
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     Now, I find myself tinkering around with snippets of CSS & HTML code, and struggling to learn Java. Just goes to show, you may teach an old dog new tricks, but by the time you do, the new pups will no longer be doing those tricks.
     In my college Economics class, we played this game where we simulated being President of the United States. It was a course-end group project that was to synthesize all that we had learned of micro and macro economics into "the big picture." But, it really had none of the graphics today's games have. It was DOS. And, it was working with figures and statistics, but it was fun because we had never been allowed to use computers before in school. This was our first simulation after all. It was new to us, though kids nowadays live like that daily.
     Our task was to manipulate the economy figures using what we had learned to reach as near as possible to a target number for Unemployment, GNP, etc. If we did well enough we were re-elected to a second term in office (in the simulation.) The game really appealed to me. I liked working with computers and I liked the logical interface. I found that there was a big gap between my figures and the target, even though mine were definitely better than anyone else's. But, I was concerned that someone else might figure it out and beat me that last night. So, I took a risk and changed one of my fiscal policies. I did just the opposite of what we all had been doing with one of my policies.
     Sure enough, I found my numbers showed a significant improvement, meeting the target. What had motivated me to make the change was the fact that what I had been doing was not working well enough. They say, if you do what you've always done, you will get what you've always got. It was a very satisfying feeling. But, risk gets more difficult as you age. 
     Recently, online gamers have deciphered the structure of an enzyme of an AIDS-like virus that had thwarted scientists for a decade.  Figuring out the structure of proteins is vital for understanding the causes of many diseases and developing drugs to block them. But a microscope gives only a flat image. Pharmacologists needed a 3-D picture that "unfolds" the molecule and rotates it in order to reveal potential targets for drugs. A learning game program called Foldit was developed by the University of Washington, in which groups of competing gamers scrambled to unfold chains of amino acids in an online simulation environment. To the astonishment of the scientists, the gamers produced an accurate model of the enzyme in just three weeks.
     This is an amazing breakthrough step in finding a cure for immunological diseases such as HIV. Technology will take us to amazing places. But, not to heaven. Ironically, it seems that technology has made it easier for kids to have faith in God. They chat with friends they can't see everyday by the air in cyberspace. Why wouldn't they believe in praying to a God they can't see? They know that there is much around us that we can not see. They see that a computer reads a set of zeros and ones to form an intricate language. They see clones and stem-cell research. Why would angels be a surprise in this techno-savy climate?
Job 41:12  I will not conceal his limbs, nor his power, nor his graceful
proportion.
     In this chapter of Job, God is talking about a Leviathan, which appears to be some prehistoric sea monster. We see many strange creatures in the sea. Just because we don't see sea monster type serpents now doesn't mean they never existed. But, in the middle of describing this fearsome beast which Job was acquainted all to well with, God speaks this sentence of disclaimer...sort of like the small print on merchandise. God clearly explains the limits of animals and man. God says he will allow the beast his power, and not take it away.
     We know from Job 38:10-11 that God says He establishes the power of the sea, and the limits of its dominion. I see it to be the same with man and beast. God creates us with an amount of power, certain potential. He gives us both a free will and creative knowledge. He will not stop man from moving forward with technology, science, or mathematical discoveries. On the contrary, man's only limits are in his inability to see the big picture of how his use of this technology will affect every other area of his life. And, in the end, his knowledge of good and evil may very well be what kills him, as God warned Adam and Eve.
 


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