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On another forum not long ago a question came up for discussion.  Something like "What sci-fi books have influenced your worlview the most?"  My answer was something like the following.

Through my teen years my worldview was almost totally defined by Heinlein, Asimov, Verne and Wells.  Science and technology would solve every problem, and we would go to the stars and live happily every after.  

I was probably about 20 when I first read Dune.  It was something of a philosophical coming of age.  It opened my mind not only to ecological awareness, but to a larger truth as well.  Science and technology are two-edged swords.  They are not good or evil in themselves, only in how we choose to use them.  They may yet solve most if not all our problems, but only if we use them wisely -- if we understand clearly which edge we are using.

Now where are we going and what's with the handbasket?

by budr on Tue Nov 13th, 2012 at 02:31:17 PM EST

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