The Debts We Don’t Acknowledge
Yonatan Zunger

For what it’s worth, I’m very aware of the debt I owe to countless forebears, from those nameless souls who discovered the uses of fire, to those who had the idea to wear animal skins for insulation from harsh weather, to the people who came up with the concept of zero, to people like Boole and Babbage and Faraday and Turing; Newton, Liebniz, Lagrange.

I’m grateful for so many things, the idea of democracy, disease theory and modern plumbing, the concept of limited war.

I hope we can transcend tribalism, but I think we’re going to need to develop and use pragmatic defences against the mechanisms used to exploit it. I’m not even going to try to speculate on their nature (I’m wimping out — I currently have the ‘flu).

Thank you for your insights; I always enjoy reading them.

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