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i'm taking a course right now called the ascent of humanity. it's about about the rise of technology and its effect on us humans. very interesting. the prof's a pretty cool guy. something tells me he's eaten his share of our favorite fungus.
here are some of his writings. they're quite a bit longer than what you're probably used to reading from a computer screen, but they're interesting:
"On all levels of being, we are living in an age of fragmentation: the dissolution of the community, of the extended family, even of the nuclear family; the categorization and labeling of the world; the division of knowledge into fields. All of these may be seen as..."
"For at least 200 years now, futurists have been predicting the imminent rise of a technological utopia, or "technotopia", founded on the premise that technology will free mankind from labor, suffering, disease, and possibly even death. This view is implicit..."
"Most vegetarians I know are not primarily motivated by nutrition. Although they argue strenuously for the health benefits of a vegetarian diet, many see good health as a reward for the purity and virtue of a vegetarian diet, or as an added..."
"Back in February, well before the recent crackdown on illegal file sharing, I asked my class how many of them download copyrighted materials from the Internet. The show of hands was unanimous. "According to the legal definition," I said, "you are all thieves. But stealing has a moral..."
"Different societies exhibit different disease patterns. In the modern era, the most rapidly growing and most lethal diseases are almost all some variation of autoimmune dysfunction. Diseases such as autism, diabetes, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis..."
"Why does The Matrix enjoy near-universal appeal among college students? Of course it's got great kung fu, nifty special effects, an intriguing story, and so forth, but I think there is more to it than that. The main premise of The Matrix is that the reality presented to us is phony..."
"As individuals and as a society we seem drawn to behaviors that contribute to our own destruction, behaviors that keep us in a low, unhealthy, depressed state of existence. Seeing the destruction wrought by diets, habits, and lifestyles, we decide to make a change. A kind of self-disgust motivates..."
"What is the cause of the riots that are increasingly common in university towns around the country? Some say alcohol; others cite some mysterious moral degeneration, along the lines of "Young people these days?" Or maybe it's the ambient violence in our society, or the architecture of student apartments, or the parties..."