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When you look at humanity as a trajectory, as a process of becoming, it alters your orientation to time. You see that we’ve moved from an existence much like our fellow primates, through a agrarian world of villages, into a series of empires, states, nations and world-systems into today’s proto-global-techno-civilization. In particular, the tremendous changes of the last century revealed the intensity of this impulse of unfolding. Humanity completed a shift from rural agriculutre through industrialization into the start of our wired post-modern information age. This movement was propelled by our explosively expanding field of knowledge,…

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The Human as Trajectory

So far the process of human becoming is the movement from our first footsteps as homo sapiens into the world of today. This movement hasn’t been a slow and gradual linear process from our species birth. Rather, most of what is different in the human world has happened fairly recently in the human timespan. It is easy to see that there has been a process of acceleration of change in human existence. Life today is more changed from life in say 1700, than life in 1700 was from 2000 years before that.…

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Creatures With A Future

So once we homo sapiens were spawned from the flow of evolution, we proved to be a different sort of creature, one with unusual capabilities, who did strange and new things. Starting from that simple life on the plains of Africa we went on to create the complex world of today. Thinking about the difference between our early lives and today’s world, we can see perhaps the biggest difference between us and the fellow creatures we share the earth with. Our lives as a species change over time, they move from past to future. Being a human…

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Homo Sapiens Emerge

Go back some 200,000 years ago, when Homo Sapiens first appeared on the plains of Africa, having emerged from a procession of Hominins, starting with various Australopithicenes & then the different versions of Homo. If there was some independent observer present at that time, could they possibly have extrapolated from our ancestor to the global technical human civilization of today. Is there any way theu could have inferred how this ape derivative would impact the world? At that point in time, there would be no precedent in earth existence for a creature with the inherent potential of humans, no precedent for the unfolding…

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