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2284 World Society

Iaian Vernier's Memoir

Seymour W. Itzkoff

2284: World Society, Iaian Vernier’s Memoir is a fascinating study of mankind. Written as a work of fiction, it looks at the human condition 200 years in the future. Predicting the outcome of today’s social policies, 2284 is a cultural anthropology study that adds to Itzkoff’s extensive writing on the topic. Iaian Vernier writes in 2284 of the revolutionary internationalism that has been established in Nairobi, Africa. He chronicles the disasters that almost destroyed the twenty-first-century world. He describes in anecdote and philosophical depth the new scientific and secular world that has been established to bring peace, equality, ethnic diversity and democracy to humanity, while scrutinizing the plans for demographic stability that will sustain humanity into the future. In the twenty-third century, the forbidden rationality of the scientific minds of the twenty-first century have been unleashed.
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Chapter 1. A Revolutionary Vision

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At one of the first general conclaves of scientists, philosophers, and political thinkers in Geneva over one hundred years ago, c. 2180, a scientist/biologist commented that the world community might be on the verge of understanding that we humans are biological creatures. Our culture and history are the products of our evolutionary sojourn amongst the many billions of struggling life forms, which have inhabited our planet for approximately three billion years as living matter has struggled against the entropy of the universe.

Another participant at this conference replied that we are nature’s product, with a brain that is both nature’s gift and its curse. All sections of humanity were now attempting to map out a direction for the sustainability of the human race on planet Earth.

A number of contributory surface elements precipitated the great collapse of the twenty-first and twenty-second centuries. These precipitators were the issues of demographic indigestion linked to the gradual cloud that “peak oil” ultimately represented, producing economic instability in managing the vast hoard of economically demanding humans. In addition, the intellectual armory which could be mustered to manage or control the ever-more ← 1 | 2 →interlocking character of human groups on the planet was severely remiss in its understanding of our evolutionary mission on earth.

Two factors were precipitous in the cloud of incompetence that rendered nil the hopes to resolve systemic failure. First was the diversity in the ability of various populations to respond to modernity and prosperity. They...

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