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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 23. Education

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In the earliest discussion of the future of humankind, even before the beginning of the Geneva meeting, c. 2150–2170, there was a search for an historical model upon which to build a new order of permanent peace, prosperity and stability for our species. The period after WWII (1945–2000) in Western Europe was frequently used as an example of nations melting swords and engaging in the unification of the euro, trade, education and scientific technology. It seemed to all that the movement into science and open doors of communication created a wholly new international system. This institutionalization of peace and international educational norms eventually brought the communist world down and then included their people in an embrace of this educational perception of reality.

Of course, what followed into the twenty-first century was messy, because of the conceptual errors made with regard to human nature, human intelligence and economics. Because of advances in transportation and communication the entire world was now magnetized into the international system. I have discussed these errors in earlier chapters of my memoir. I would now like to write about our still-evolving views as to how we can keep our ← 161 | 162 →educational focus on unity, rationality and scientific progress. At the same time, however, we need to allow for diversity of perceptions, approaches to the rearing of the young, their desires for cultural connectivity with their homeland as well as participation in, traveling and learning from other educational perspectives.

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