Alan Turing: How To Change History Twice In A Single Moment
Niklas Goeke

I think that power without understanding makes man a particularly dangerous animal. Yes, I love many of the things that our powerful brains have brought us, including the computer, but we cannot or at least should not forget what power in the hands of a sorcerer’s apprentice brings with it.

We need to have a sufficient understanding of how we are driven by the irrational to be able to catch ourselves prior to becoming a destructive and reactive storm. I tend to think as Aldous Huxley does when he says: “We cannot reason ourselves out of our basic irrationality. All we can do is learn the art of being irrational in a reasonable way.”

The four F’s (fight, flee, feed, fuck) drive us just as they do any other animal. We then add the power that rationality has given us to make us powerful via empiricism and we have a species with too much power hurtling along driven by primitive urges. Our current plight demonstrates how that makes us an existential blight with a more sophisticated way of expressing the primitive.

Going back to Huxley, he has explored his idea with significant insight in his last novel, “Island”. I heartily recommend it as a primer. (see — He offers us a way forward, but he also knows we are unlikely to take it. Still, it is there to consider when looking at ourselves in the mirror.

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