A Deepening Cognitive Divide?
Two or three technological areas are likely to transform life in the 21st century ... while also being so counter-intuitive to so many people that they're just as likely to leave millions in a state of incomprehension.
Some top candidates:
1) Quantum physics (computing, cryptology, nanotechnology):
Leaving common-sense, big-world thinking behind and embrace chaos, ambiguity, and physical forces we never experience
2) Virtual worlds (commerce, gaming, communication):
Thinking in deep and complex metaphors, parallel identities and rule systems
3) Modeling of complex adaptive systems (market analysis, policymaking, ecology):
Thinking in non-linear terms, fuzzy logic, probability, self-organizing systems, and punctuated equilibria
How will the vast majority of people be able to keep up? Our education systems are failing as equalizers on so many levels. Our living spaces are awash in neurotoxins and endocrine disruptors. The grip of poverty grows tighter everywhere.
Where is it all going?
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Explore a legendary philosopher's take on how society fails to prepare us for education and progress.
- Alan Watts was an instrumental figure in the 1960s counterculture revolution.
- He believed that we put too much of a focus on intangible goals for our educational and professional careers.
- Watts believed that the whole educational enterprise is a farce compared to how we should be truly living our lives.
How can we use the resources that are already on the Moon to make human exploration of the satellite as economical as possible?
If you were transported to the Moon this very instant, you would surely and rapidly die. That's because there's no atmosphere, the surface temperature varies from a roasting 130 degrees Celsius (266 F) to a bone-chilling minus 170 C (minus 274 F). If the lack of air or horrific heat or cold don't kill you then micrometeorite bombardment or solar radiation will. By all accounts, the Moon is not a hospitable place to be.
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