X-Message-Number: 20178
From: "Mark Plus" <>
Subject: The non-inevitability of progress
Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2002 19:32:20 -0700

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Arthur C. Clarke is disappointed that progress in manned space travel has 
stagnated. Just goes to show that "Progress" isn't some kind of cosmic 
force, but rather is a socially constructed process that requires 
considerable initiative & investment to sustain. So don't be disappointed if 
we don't experience a technological "Singularity" in 30 years or so. A 
global depression combined with the spread of social chaos around the world 
could postpone a lot of technologically doable projects indefinitely.

Mark Plus
It's not "religious" or "science fictional" if you can do it.

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