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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 11. A Work in Progress

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In my own time science has come together to guide us on the issue of population stability and intellectual functionality in an increasingly abstract world of scientific technologies. Today (2284) no ideological or religious crusades disrupt clarity of thought with regard to the major issues of human concern.

The unification process produced the next question, what should the language of humankind be? Too much Tower of Babel in the world many of our judges thought. Language differences eventually lead to the division of the world into competing nationalistic ideologies. Rome existed for over a thousand years with one language. Greek was then surely a powerful and universal intellectual ancillary language.

During the Geneva period English was the language of the World Society. Neither Chinese nor Spanish could compete with English as the language of scholarship, capital, and science. As the international classic language, English does not preclude the existence of other national and ethnic languages close to home.

The larger question of the Nairobi period was the fear of a great material and symbolic innovation that could disrupt the relative calm and cohesiveness ← 69 | 70 →achieved in the previous fifty to seventy-five years. In my own time, at the end of the twenty-third century, we have achieved a critical reduction of our planet’s population, from c. 5.5 billion in 2150 to c. 3.5 billion in 2284, 134 years of nature’s enforced slimming according to policies agreed upon by the bulk of nationalities assenting to...

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