Friday, August 18, 2006

James Burke

We just finished up the last of the Connections series by James Burke. He really is a brilliant man, and I'm a little sad that we're done with that series. I'm going to start digging and see if there's any more of his series out in the web for us to download and watch. I know he has more. He's started something called the Knowledge Web, but it doesn't look like it's started up yet. In the meantime, I'll leave you with a couple snippets about him and from him.

"... That's all it takes to get you back to the late 18th century. Three grandfather's lifetimes. That's how close we are to it. And, yet, that world has disappeared so totally, it's like fairyland. Thatched cottages, meadows, happy peasants. A golden age. Garbage, all that. Nasty, brutish, and short - that's what life was all about. And dirty. And boring. And it had been like that for thousands of years! And then, suddenly, the whole complex polluted overpopulated phrenetic nonstop stressful high tech rat race that is the modern world... Life was suddenly no longer as simple as it had been. And the extraordinary thing is, none of that was planned." -James Burke

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