Anticipations of the Reaction of Mechanical and Scientific Progress Upon Human Life and Thought

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Harper & brothers, 1901 - Civilization - 340 pages

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Well's Anticipations published in 1902 was his first attempt to predict the future shape of the world. In his introduction he says that he has abandoned narrative fiction in favour of frank inquiries ... Read full review

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Excellent turn-of-the-century futurism from H.G. Wells.



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Page 229 - ... peaceful evolution slowly tends. While we are as yet only thinking of a physiological struggle of complex reactions and slow absorptions, comes War with the surgeon's knife. War comes to simplify the issue and line out the thing with knife-like cuts. The law that dominates the future is glaringly plain. A people must develop and consolidate its educated efficient classes or be beaten in war and give way upon all points where its interests conflict with the interests of more capable people. It...
Page 340 - And how will the new republic treat the inferior races? How will it deal with the black? how will it deal with the yellow man? how will it tackle that alleged termite in the civilized woodwork, the Jew? Certainly not as races at all. It will aim to establish, and it will at last, though probably only after a second century has passed, establish a world state with a common language and a common rule.
Page 69 - ... orchard, or brightly neat poultry farm. Through the varied country the new wide roads will run, here cutting through a crest and there running like some colossal aqueduct across a valley, swarming always with a multitudinous traffic of bright, swift (and not necessarily ugly) mechanisms; and everywhere amidst the fields and trees linking wires will stretch from pole to pole.
Page 217 - I must confess that my imagination, in spite even of spurring, refuses to see any sort of submarine doing anything but suffocate its crew and founder at sea.
Page 342 - The Jew will probably lose much of his particularism, intermarry with Gentiles, and cease to be a physically distinct element in human affairs in a century or so. But much of his moral tradition will, I hope, never die.
Page 161 - I know of no case for the elective Democratic government of modern States that cannot be knocked to pieces in five minutes.
Page 100 - I can dream at last of much more revolutionary affairs, of a thing running to and fro along a temporary rail that will squeeze out wall as one squeezes paint from a tube, and form its surface with a pat or two as it sets.
Page 248 - The inducements to an Englishman, Frenchman, or German to become bi-lingual are great enough nowadays, but the inducements to a speaker of the smaller languages are rapidly approaching compulsion. He must do it in self-defence. To be an educated man in his own vernacular has become an impossibility, he must either become a mental subject of one of the greater languages or sink to the intellectual status of a peasant.
Page 41 - It needs only a very general review of the conditions of the distribution of population to realise that the former is probably the true answer. It will be convenient to make the issue part of a more general proposition, namely, that the general distribution of population in a country must always be directly dependent on transport facilities.
Page 68 - ... and by a dense network of telephones, parcels delivery tubes, and the like nervous and arterial connections. It will certainly be a curious and varied region, far less monotonous than our present English world...

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