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One important observation. When I say
we're losing the ability to adequately handle technologies we ourselves created 40 years ago. For at least 30 years we've been busy at replacing technocracy/meritocracy with cleptocracy. The problem is that this was the result of ideological/cultural shifts which seem hard to reverse and may take another 30 years even if we started now, which we're not.
I don't have any primary memory of how any ot this was done before 1990 (optimistically) so, for instance, I don't remember much about Chernobyl that I haven't read from secondary sources much later.

So it is entirely possible that my view of Western Industrial Civilization pre-1980 is a complete fairytale or wishful thinking. The older among us may be able to clarify this.

So, in what may be my last act of "advising", I'll advise you to cut the jargon. -- My old PhD advisor, to me, 26/2/11

by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Mar 31st, 2011 at 04:42:48 AM EST
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