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This quotations are gleaned (for the most part) from the pages of "Reality
"Reality Module No.7"
- December 1998.
Favourite Quotation From "The Last Continent" by Terry
"...after a really good meal and a fine cigar even the most rabid
Dark Lord is inclined to put his feet up and feel amicable towards the
world, especially if it's offering him another brandy."
"Reality Module No.8" - February
"In the Information Age, factual knowledge is plentiful. What
is scarce is the intellectual work of giving value to information, of
transforming information into useful knowledge systems. This is the
work of communities."
Margaret Riel - Education Consultant.
"Reality Module No.9" - April
"We have devalued the singular human capacity to see things in
all their psychic, emotional and moral dimensions, and we have replaced
this with faith in the powers of technical calculation."
Neil Postman. Technopoly. [p.118]
"Reality Module No.13" - December
"In the times of rapid change, learners inherit the Earth, while
the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world
that no longer exists"
"Kingdom of the Bland" - December
"I'm not convinced that technology is advancing exponentially
in all areas. Sure, computer processing power and storage, and some
biotech areas. However power generation is still a total mess, with
fusion being at least ten years away (the same as it has been for the
past 50 years). Computer programming productivity is still a mess (and
not nearly as advanced as the hardware). Heavy high orbit and interplanetary
launch capacity is lower, civilian aircraft speeds are stagnant, etc."
[See Exponential Technology and SF.]
"Reality Module No.15" - April
"The notion that Government can be run as a business is an old
and all too common fallacy. It was wrong when Treasurer Theodore said
it was wrong in 1931 (just before his government was tipped out of office)
and it's wrong now. Too many things that governments have to do cannot
be done along business lines because by their very nature they are economically
Gerald Smith. Ramblings 13. (ANZAPA 192) December 1999. [p.7.]
"Reality Module No.17" - August
"The really 'freaky' thing about the future is not that there's
going to be an Information Technology Revolution or a Biotechnology
Revolution or a Nanotechnology Revolution, or even a Socio-Political
Revolution - but that there are going to be all four revolutions - at
the same time!"
Michael Green. Reality Module #17. (ANZAPA 196) April 2000.
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