This is about
the invention of an idea. I hope it is challenging.
I invite you
to read through the preface to this, my website, named
Planet Technopolitana -- Technopolitana dot com.
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THE UNDERSTANDING GAP:
Some people --greens and environmentalists
-- are distressed about the stress humans put on the world.
Many people are not interested.
These many ignore, even mock, the few.
Most governments largely ignore, and some openly deride, the
worries of the few. Most environmental legislation is tepid and
Why is there such a chasm between the
alarmed views of the few – global warming protests, say –
and the indifference or derision of the many?
A MODERN HUMAN DRAMA:
The focus of this site is the difficulty
of making change.
It is based on the view that the pressure
for economic growth is that of a river. It flows only in one
direction. Try to dam it and the dam overflows. In the first era
of our trying to reduce emissions, they are increasing.
DO WE KNOW WHAT WE ARE UP AGAINST?
The new has two faces to it – progress and
steps back. When penicillin (a subject I write about) was
developed in 1940 there were 2.5 billion people. Now there are
7.5. The antibiotic era and population explosion are not exactly
linked. They are surely cousins. Can we imagine a world without
antibiotics? Can we imagine not having population growth – even
… is an idea. You cannot see it. There are no pictures
of it. It is where we live and it is an alternative view of
where we live.
It is a place full of strife. On the sunny side, change
– science, progress, new ideas & technologies – leads to a
benign human world and harmony with nature.
On the planet’s dark side, this same change leads to
human difficulty, overcrowding, pollution, disharmony with
The TEHCNOPOLITANA narratives.
My first two books are about a woman scientist caught up
in the anger of progress – the push for new science in a
terrible war. I am going to look at what happened to her
Does her story relate to now? I don’t know. Only that
her story was discovered by a troubled second woman in the
Is that the point? We don’t damn well know what is
pushing us where we appear to be going. We know a bit and not
enough. Right? Or, wrong?
Technop0litana on the mind…. On mine: I invite you to
see if I have conveyed anything of meaning.
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