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Author Topic: 2017, The Best Year Ever! (Kristof)


Alcuin
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2017, The Best Year Ever! (Kristof)
on: January 14, 2018, 18:14

If you followed the news avidly from 1740 to 1860 you would have missed the Industrial Revolution....
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/06/opinion/sunday/2017-progress-illiteracy-poverty.html
...Given the rising risk of nuclear war with North Korea, the paralysis in Congress, warfare in Yemen and Syria, atrocities in Myanmar and a president who may be going cuckoo, you might think 2017 was the worst year ever.

But you’d be wrong. In fact, 2017 was probably the very best year in the long history of humanity.... Unquote.
Note: the history of humanity is only about 3 million years and the modern period just 400 years. So it is really a short history and the start of our journey.

This advance of humanity is largely due to technology and science. Humanity's ability to build on experience, our increasing education and decreasing violence are why I think superstition is dying faster than many realise, including religious superstitions.

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