Futurist thought for the day

Today’s TFTD comes from a talk I just gave in Heidelberg (and which has been heard elsewhere) at a suitably futuristic scientific meeting. I provided the light relief at the end by talking about genetic futures from the past. They include Fay Weldon’s Cloning of Joanna May, which I like to end with. She has a character spell out what the book makes one suspect is also her view:

“The future shouldn’t alarm us: how could it possibly be worse than what has gone before?”

The idea here is not that we look back in horror at historical atrocities, more that on the whole there has been as much as pain as pleasure in ordinary, everyday life, and that’s something we’re unlikely to change.

True?  Optimistic…   or pessimistic?  You decide.


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