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Stefan H. Farr

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Debate: Our culture isn't adapting to our rapidly progressing technology.

There is a lot of talk about the current economic crises. Projections, promises or just plain old confusion, everybody seems to have an opinion on when and how it will get resolved or on the contrary how it will not resolve, but rather bring about the end of us.

Personally, I believe that it "can" resolve, but not by traditional economic measures, because the cause of it is not purely economic in nature. I believe, that this crises stems from a profound conflict brought about by the increasing incompatibility of our cultural, social and economic values with the ever more advanced technological progress that we are accumulating. Our inability to culturally adapt to this rapid technological progress is like a dead weight that impedes our metamorphosis as a species altogether.

Consequently, I believe that the next giant leap in our evolution must be a cultural / spiritual / intellectual / social one and not a technological one. Technologically we are way beyond what we can culturally accommodate and so any more progress in this domain will only deepen the conflict rather than resolve it.

Thank you!

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  • Oct 14 2012: I would need to think things over for quite a while to decide how I feel about all of the specific ideas presented here, but I agree wholeheartedly with everyone's general feeling that it is important to think critically about the technology that surrounds us. Are all of these devices and "advances" good for us? Do they really make our lives better? Are they good for the world, or do they create just as many problems as they attempt to solve? These are questions that I think everyone should be asking themselves.

    In the same way that we scrutinize the food that we eat, so, too should we think seriously about the technology we use.

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