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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 17. Economic Equality

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The enormous expansion of the human cortex changed the dynamics of Homo’s interaction with the material world. Without directive instinct as with lower anthropoids and mammals humans had to devise other techniques to survive economically. We see the use of tools in hominids as far back as a million years ago, a dawning realization that humans would have to ‘go out of themselves’ to devise means of survival.

Without the usual appurtenances of predators—fangs, claws, large body mass or speed—this corticalized two-legged predator began to shape tools in conjunction with his socialized, cooperative expeditions in search of prey. Clearly it worked, for over many hundreds of thousands of years Homo grew larger, spread over the world map and revealed an ever-more sophisticated tool kit for cutting, smashing, puncturing.

Somewhere along this evolutionary time scale, perhaps at the Homo erectus level, the tools seem to take on an esthetic dimension, not only practical, but symmetrical, almost idealized. There is controversy here, for what seems to have been shaped for beauty might have been an unconscious result of the ← 113 | 114 →process of flaking tools from a stone core. This skepticism disappears with the arrival on the scene of Cro-Magnon man.

Here the tools are without doubt the product of humans who saw in them not only their utilitarian use for economic survival but also as esthetic objects, perhaps of value. Many of these tools carved from bone, ivory, slate, etc. are too delicate...

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