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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 15 2012: Hi, Ted Lover, and thanks....I am thrilled I found this little oasis of rational, open-minded thinkers. I'd like to start a think tank forum for all of us to come up with what we think would be solutions to the social, economic, and political ailments wreaking havoc presently. I feel we are at a perilous brink looking down into a dark abyss. Sharon, in her comment above, is right on the money with her statement regarding the frightened.

    It seems our government is not providing any solutions and the "trickle down' sprinkler has been shut off as the fund providers we once had are now pumping money into campaigns to elect guard dogs to protect their stashes. The Mid East is about to supernova which will draw us into yet another campaign we can not afford to get involved in. And the beat goes on.....
    • Oct 15 2012: "I'd like to start a think tank forum for all of us to come up with what we think would be solutions to the social, economic, and political ailments wreaking havoc presently."

      Great initiative! I would love that! Stay tuned for the 'Global Redesign Institute' which will work like a similar think tank applying the scientific method for social design and decision-making, where engineers, scientists, architects and artists will meet and collaborate in an open-source Wikipedia fashion. http://globalredesigninstitute.org
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        Oct 15 2012: I look forward to this. Maybe be a part of it from the beginning. I have a blog on this subject but it's just a blog. It would be nice to find people and actually work on a solution.
        • Oct 16 2012: Excellent! We need every hand on deck. Please feel free to link the blog, I would love to read it.
        • Oct 22 2012: I think we can actually fix this issue by pushing the limits of technology even further. Technology won't go away, but how we use it is up to us. Perhaps technology like this will help: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RC6_XpBW6ww
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        Oct 17 2012: It is in my profile. I tried to add my blog when I opened the conversation, but it was censored out. I've been told many attempt to hijack conversation with spam. Although this was not my intention I will respect the rules and not post it here. I am a big believer in rules, even though they are some times uncomfortable. TED's policy is that they allow links in your profile, please refer to my blog there.


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