The new twentieth century awakens to The Scream from Edvard Munch - with the skyline inspired by the twilights seen after the 1883 eruption of the Krakatoa volcano - the young Aldous Huxley prepares to publish his - Brave New World - set in London in 2540 or 632 After FORD - which will anticipate the developments in reproductive technology, biological engineering and sleep-learning that will combine to change society - an age of understanding - of quantum mechanics, genetics, volcanoes, earthquakes & climate change beckons - and in so doing focuses our MINDS on new beginnings for the future of the KOSMOS
- genetics is not just another technological development like the advent of antibiotics, computers or space shuttles. It is not simply another phase in the spectacular progress of science marked by such theories as Darwinian evolution, quantum mechanics or relativity. Nor is it merely a big IDEA like capitalism, communism, democracy or fascism that changes people's views of the world. Rather, it is ALL of these things - a historically unique combination of philosophy, science & technology that confronts humanity with the most fundemental questions, our answers to which will determine the human future. In short, it is wholly unrealistic for science to claim for itself a kind of untouchable innocence about its impact on the world.
and as Senator Edward Kennedy will also say - in the mid 1970's -
when anxieties about the new power of biology were first beginning to surface
- there can be no turning back to the days when scientists were left totally on their own to chart their own course. The public will immerse itself in the affairs of science. Whether it does so constructively will depend on the willingness of scientists to welcome public participation ...
THE evolutionary story explains our success - THE biblical story explains our failure.
WHICH is RIGHT ?
They are both about the SAME THING - our compulsion to know
knowing gain the power of knowledge for the purposes of LOVE or EVIL
The answer to the question WHICH is RIGHT ? - is NOT one or the other but something of BOTH
"You are not thinking ...
You are merely being logical."
“One effect of the so-called free way of thinking is that it could eventually force anyone who wants to survive on the basis of mental activity (other than cloud tending) to enter into some sort of legal or political fortress - or become a pet of a wealthy patron - in order to be protected from the rapacious hive mind.
What free really means is that artists, musicians, writers, and filmmakers will have to cloak themselves within stodgy institutions.
We forget what a wonder, what a breath of fresh air it has been to have creative people make their way in the world of commerce instead of patronage. Patrons gave us Bach and Michelangelo, but it’s unlikely patrons would have given us Vladimir Nabokov, the Beatles, or Stanley Kubrick” - Jaron Lanier - “YOU are NOT a GADGET”... and they most certainly wouldn’t have given us the so-called “bastard” Leonardo da Vinci
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