humanity

The evolution of humanity, from one advancement to the next.

Futurism Staff2 years ago
Mysteries of the Maya
Imagine yourself the chief astronomer-priest of an ancient jungle empire. From your studies of records kept by astronomers for centuries before you, you are convinced that an eclipse of the Sun is lik...
Jacob Frommer2 years ago
Why Geniuses Don’t Run the World
"Society is aimed at the average. It does poorly when dealing with people that are smarter than the average or dumber, worse, than the average." —Eugene Volokh Do you want to punch thirteen-year-old E...
What is Kabbalah?
There’s a tale my grandfather told me. He explained he heard it many a time at Military Intelligence in London, when the candles guttered low and the fog curled about the windows. It happened in 1914,...
George Lazenby3 years ago
Robots Imitate Life
If you've been to an office, you probably know what a drop-ceiling is. It's the grid of whitish tiles in which light fixtures and ventilator grates are set. If you stand on a desk and push one of the ...
Futurism Staff3 years ago
How Apollo 13 Avoided Disaster
Are you superstitious? Would you fly on ship number 13? Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, and Ken Mattingly didn't think the number 13 would be unlucky for them. They had trained for many months to fly the thir...
Izzy Erlich3 years ago
Fire Fighting Ice
On a cold Christmas Day a long time ago, a five-alarm fire at 2724 Heath Avenue, in the Bronx, New York City, raged out of control for more than five hours before firefighters were able to subdue the ...
Asimovian Robotonomics
The following article was originally published on The Free Advice Man's website here. Asimovian Robotonomics is a Comprehensive Economic System, backed by specific laws, based on the highest ethical s...
Futurism Staff3 years ago
What Everyone Should Know About Osho
The entry ticket to the Osho Commune International in Poona, India, is a hospital certificate stating that your blood has tested negative for the AIDS virus within the past month. If you haven't broug...
Liquid Sky and You, We, I
The following article was originally published on The Free Advice Man's website here. "Liquid Sky." Before 1982/83 this was New York City code-slang for a most dangerous, harmful, addictive narcotic: ...
Futurism Staff3 years ago
Mysticism Guide
In the West, we choose between countless different brands and models of automobile and canned string bean; Now, with the blooming of eastern mysticism in our midst, we must shop among a vast prolifera...
Futurism Staff3 years ago
Evolution of Cults
The decline of secret "orders" like the Masons has been balanced by new and weirder quasi-religious sects, which intrigue science-surfeited youngsters with obscure philosophies. The 60s brought with i...
DS Peters3 years ago
The Darks Vs The Light of Transhumanism
"He’s more machine now than man." In 1983, along with my friends and hundreds of other kids, I went to the movie theater at Meridian Mall in Okemos, MI to watch The Return of the Jedi. As a young teen...
Tucson's Biosphere 2 Lessons
The human brain has spawned a parallel universe of imagined lifeforms, landmarks, and civilizations. Though usually conceived of as fiction, this parallel universe often leaks into various Earth syste...
Kenneth Brower3 years ago
Economics Vs Environmental Crisis
From our wildlife being taken over to our greenhouse gases being at an all-time high, environmental crisis is forcing us to ask what, how, and why. Throughout history, there have been recurring battle...
Bernard Dixon3 years ago
Science Needs Unreasonable Leaps
An abiding fascination of science is its propulsive creativity and unreasonable leaps. Why does the occasional lone genius succeed where a lavishly funded, mission-oriented project has failed? Even od...
Roy Christopher3 years ago
Will Facebook Create 'Blade Runner' Replicants?
In his 1999 book, Culture Jam, Adbusters founder Kalle Lasn describes a scene in which two people are embarking on a road trip and speak to each other along the way using only quotations from movies. ...
Yar's Plume
It was uncomfortably chilly on the night we saw each other last. I remember the methane snowflakes and the carbon ice, the first time around. The landscape around the Plume had an unusually eerie feel...
John Foley3 years ago
Examining the Fermi Paradox
The Fermi Paradox is the apparent contradiction between the high probability of other lifeforms in the universe and humanity's lack of contact with extraterrestrial civilizations. For every grain of s...