Looking back on tomorrow

Arthur C. Clarke, author of 2001: A Space Odyssey, looks back from 2500. A sample:

  One outcome of this- — the greatest psychological survey in the whole of history- — was to demonstrate conclusively that the chief danger to civilization was not merely religious extremism but religions themselves. This was summed up in a famous saying: “All Religions were invented by the Devil to conceal God from Mankind.”

  Billions of words of pious garbage spoken by statesmen, clerics and politicians down the ages were either hypocritical nonsense or, if sincere, the babbling of lunatics. The new insights enabled by the Psi-probe helped humans finally recognize organized religions as the most malevolent mind virus that had ever infected human minds.

By the way, Sir Arthur turns 90 on 16 December.

7 comments

  1. James Robertson’s avatar

    I’d point out that the problem is less religion than it is fanaticism. Secular fanatics – fascists and communists, for instance – have killed far more efficiently than the religious fanatics have, for instance.

  2. Doc Searls’s avatar

    I agree. I just lifted the most coherent section of his piece.

  3. Mike Warot’s avatar

    Governments are really the ones to watch out for… they run the war racket.

  4. Doc Searls’s avatar

    Ah Mike, but when religions run the governments…

    Of course, that wouldn’t happen here, would it? 🙂

  5. Mike Warot’s avatar

    The Wingnuts have firmly taken hold at the Air Force Academy, if reports are to be believed.

  6. Russell Nelson’s avatar

    Something about the water in Colorado Springs does it, I think.

  7. jthoagland’s avatar

    Doc
    Read the following from Fla to Detroit tonight, layover then home
    Economist on Religon

    http://economist.com/specialreports/displaystory.cfm?story_id=10015255

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