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Radical Abundance by K. Eric Drexler

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CHAPTER 18

Changing Our Conversation About the Future

WHAT CAN ONE DO to bend the arc of history, and perhaps toward a better world?

In the transitions ahead, and as always in human affairs, actions will lead to intended and unintended consequences, some expected and others not. Actions, of course, are shaped by perceptions—not only perceptions of facts, choices, and potential outcomes, but also perceptions of interests, of how to judge the outcomes themselves. And yet a further step back, perceptions are shaped by shared opinions that emerge from conversations in homes, offices, and conferences; in journals, books, and editorials; in blogs and online discussions.

What we do and don’t say matters in every sphere of life, and by our choices of ...

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