February 15, 2012

‘Childhood’s End’ for our species?

Filed under: Letters from Ionia — Tags: — zankaon @ 8:08 pm

What might be a philosophical critique of Childhood’s End by A.C. Clarke; might there be anything prescient for the future of our species? Might one refer to the end of childhood for our species? That is, wherein the species might be more readily infused with uplifting aspects of cultural evolution? However human nature would seem unevolving, while cultural evolution seems to be taking off exponentially. Are we to be left behind? Is the next species in our dissent, of a pure cultural (self sufficient and evolving software) nature – homo culturus? Which is stranger, science fiction, or such a future scenario for us?

‘Many and strange are the universes that float like bubbles in the foam upon the river of time.’       A. C. Clarke


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