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Response to rrneck (Reply #12)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 04:15 PM

17. I think the only limits on our capabilities are those imposed on us by the laws of physics...

 

as we know them today, and even that may change in the future.

Ever since our ancestors smashed a bone to get to the marrow with a stone millions of years ago, to the use of stone axes, sharpened sticks, fire, and other discoveries and inventions dating back millions or hundreds of thousands of years ago, we have been expanding on our capabilities, both mental and physical. At this point, this development has been accelerating, and doesn't seem to be slowing down.

Our emotional and social development seems to finally be taking shape to catch up to our intellectual and technological development. Our capacity for empathy is actually increasing, this is, despite all its problems, one of the best times to be alive in much of the world, the key is to make sure the rest of the world also benefits from these advancements. Human freedom, dignity, and life, are, slowly and surely, being given prominence in human consciousness.

I'm not saying I'm naive, but I am cautiously optimistic for our future.

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