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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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It's been a pleasure reading your comments. Thank you very much everybody for the excellent insight.

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    Oct 12 2012: I agree. I would only add, that the true issue our culture faces in the "developed world"... Is that a sustainable economy... Won't pay back the debts of an unsustainable one. We've created so much fantasy debt in the last couple decades, local farming isn't going to pay it back... but it will save our species. The current model for doing business will collapse out of necessity, but humanity doesn't have too, as long as we can overcome our cultural conflicts through non violent means.
    • Oct 15 2012: Sorry to say, I think we really need technology; civilization does not do well in poverty. Neither does non-violent conflict resolution, Let's get going with Thorium LFTR power.

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