Peter Joseph Lecture “Where are we going?”, Iowa 2009
This sold out event took place at the Maharishi University of Management on November 15th 2009.
Transcript Where are we Going 2009
The title of this presentation is “Where Are We Going?” This is actually the second part in a two-part series. The first one was done in London, called “Where Are We Now?” which dealt with the financial system and other attributes you might be familiar with if you follow the work that I do with The Zeitgeist Movement which is the activist and communication arm of another organization called The Venus Project. More on these organisations as we go along.
Part 1: Evolutionary Baggage Roughly 10,000 years ago the human species stumbled into a new social paradigm which is now referred to as the “Neolithic Revolution”. During this time, it appears we began a transition from predominantly egalitarian societies consisting of hunters and gatherers to an agricultural revolution where deliberate cultivation of food replaced the more passive finding of food sources hence allowing for much more control over production.
At the same time, there also seems to be a major push in the advancement of what we call “technology” today. Stone tools were advancing which eventually set the trend for the Bronze Age which used the forging of more malleable copper. And then [came] the Iron Age which enabled more strength and so on. I think we know all these patterns. Since this period, we can look back and recognize a constantly increasing rate of technological development.
In fact, it appears to be an exponential increase. This graph here, made by Ray Kurzweil shows an exponential increase in the mass use of inventions specifically communication and computer technology. Next to it is another chart which shows a history of technological invention and the amazing rate of progress in general. I think it is safe to say that this evolution of technology and hence science itself has been and continues to be the fundamental catalyst for progress and change.
It is by far the primary factor driving the development of human civilization not only in the facilitation of achieving specific ends but also in the more subtle manifestation of our belief systems, philosophy frames of reference and essentially how we interpret the world around us. The scientific method itself is a form of technological tool and its application has continually advanced our understanding of the world around us, facilitating constant change. Unfortunately, cultural beliefs (beliefs that we all share traditions) are very rarely in tandem with the socially progressive nature of science and technology…. [MORE]