With reference to PHILOSOPHY, qv, assume that an Aritotelian-based,
rather than Plationistic-based philosophy had dominated the Western
World since the Golden Age of Greece:
| 350 BC
Aristotle, 384-322 BC
| 200 BC
| 100 BC
Laissez faire capitalism established around the world. All
forms of mysticism and collectivism identified, discredited, and
rejected. All government taxation and spending programs
abolished. All forms of initiatory force are morally
condemned. Wars become impractical and vanish. The arts,
sciences, and technology advance rapidly.
| 0 BC
All forms of mysticism, altruism, and collectivism are gone.
Poverty essentially eliminated. The individual is the prime
value. Out of necessity, Christ develops into a happy and
productive carpenter, rather than a destructive mystic.
| 10 AD
Steam engine trains and steamships are major forms of
| 20 AD
Electrical power developed. Camera developed.
| 40 AD
Internal combustion engine developed.
| 50 AD
Cars in mass production. Airplane developed.
| 60 AD
Commercial airlines flourish.
| 65 AD
Crime and fraud become unprofitable, obsolete, and essentially
eliminated by computerized ostracism.
| 70 AD
Nuclear power developed.
| 80 AD
Man on The Moon.
| 90 AD
Cancer and most other diseases eliminated.
| 100 AD
Man on Mars, and heading toward other planets.
| 120 AD
Human biological immortality developed.
| 140 AD
Prosperity and human happiness are universal.
| 200 AD
Universal immortality achieved. All diseases eliminated.
Man colonizing, mining, and commercializing The Moon, asteroids, and
Mars. Commercial shuttle flights, passenger and freight, to
space stations and colonies.
|1200 AD Energy
technology advanced to where sufficient energy can be created to
travel to other Earth-like planets in outer space. Science,
knowledge and fulfillment advanced to the point where no economic or
scientific incentive exists for communicating with outer space
civilizations. [Editors note: What about just plain
old intellectual curiosity about other life forms? (2011)]
Immortal man in laissez faire society is essentially master of all
known nature. Man travels and goods are transported at the
speed of light via electronic transfer. Most goods
manufactured via electronic control of atoms and molecules.
|5 Million AD
Burnout death of our Sun imminent. Colonization and mass
migration, via electronic transfer, to inhabitable planets in other
solar systems underway.
|Editors note: Dr Wallace never opined
about the problem of juxtaposing immortality and continued new
births. A vision of an open can of sardines raises its ugly
head here. Or, is it going to go something like the movie, "Soylent
Green"? Why not consider converting sunlight directly to food
via solar cells? The problem of drinking and drinking water is
left for the reader as a homework assignment.
Quo Vadis, Earthman?
Man, heretofore, has only occasionally learned anything from
history. Will man learn anything from a hypothetical history,
such as the above? Well, he will have to, if he wants not
merely to survive, but to progress.
In order to survive and progress, man has to untangle the plethora
of "isms" currently still around him, creating confusion and
possibly even despair. Man has to dump the negative ones, and
to utilize the positive ones. He already has two the two major
tools for accomplishing this. One is
Superreligion. The other --
critical reasoning -- has evolved with him and is part of
him. All he has to do is to use them.
Now that communist governments are dropping like rotten apples from
the tree of politics, we can concentrate on the second greatest
Verily we say unto thee: Dump Judeo-Christanity!