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Discovery Of The Future

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In "Discovery of the Future," H. G. Wells takes readers on a thought-provoking journey into the possibilities and consequences of technological advancements. Written over a century ago, Wells' predictions about the future are surprisingly insightful and still relevant today.

Throughout the book, Wells delves into various topics including the evolution of humanity, the impact of scientific progress on society, and the potential challenges that may arise from technological innovation. His exploration of these themes is both imaginative and persuasive, as he raises important questions about the role of science and technology in shaping the future of humanity.

One of the most striking aspects of the book is Wells' ability to anticipate many of the advancements that have since become a reality, such as space exploration, genetic engineering, and artificial intelligence. His foresight is truly impressive and serves as a reminder of the power of speculative thinking.

While some of Wells' predictions may seem far-fetched or outdated in today's context, the overall message of "Discovery of the Future" remains as relevant as ever. It serves as a cautionary reminder of the importance of ethical considerations and social responsibility in the pursuit of scientific progress.

Overall, H. G. Wells' "Discovery of the Future" is a fascinating and thought-provoking read that will appeal to anyone interested in the intersection of science, technology, and society. Wells' vision of the future is both enlightening and unsettling, making this book a must-read for those looking to expand their understanding of where humanity may be headed.

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The Discovery of the Future is a 1902 philosophical lecture by H. G. Wells that argues for the knowability of the future. It was originally delivered to the Royal Institution on January 24, 1902. Wells begins by distinguishing between "two divergent types of mind," one that judges and attaches importance principally to what has happened in the past and one that judges and attaches importance principally to what will happen in the future. To the former he attributes the adjectives "legal or submissive," "passive," and "oriental," and to the latter the adjectives "legislative, creative, organizing, or masterful," and "active," calling it "a more modern and much less abundant type of mind."... Confessing himself to be among "those who believe entirely in the forces behind the individual" rather than in individuals themselves as determining causes, Wells argues that there is "no reason why we should not aspire to, and discover and use, safe and servicable, generalizations upon countless issues in the human destiny." Wells devotes the last part of his text to speculations about "the question what is to come after man," considering it "the most persistently fascinating and the most insoluble question in the whole world." He concludes with a statement of personal faith "in the coherency and purpose in the world and in the greatness of human destiny." ( Wikipedia and david wales)

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