Technocrats Coming

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A growing body of evidence suggests that passing a small electric current through your head can have a profound effect on the way your brain works. Called transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), the technique has already been shown to boost verbal and motor skills and to improve learning and memory in healthy people – making fully-functioning brains work even better.


This type of thing makes me nervous, and it brings out a truth that folks like Neil Postman have recognized: The battles in the [very near] future won’t be waged between conservatives and liberals, it’ll be waged between technocrats (those who unreservedly believe all new technology is good) and traditionalists (those who distrust technology). Most people will (sanely) sympathize with both camps, but will lean one way or the other.

Between those who think that civilization is a victory of man in the struggle against the determinism of things and those who want to make of man a thing among things, there is no possible scheme of reconciliation. Georges Bernanos.

It is easy for me to imagine that the next great division of the world will be between people who wish to live as creatures and people who wish to live as machines. Wendell Berry.