I finished this book exhausted with wonder. What had begun with a dancing pool of light in the author’s kitchen had taken me through the universe from Big Bang to projected Armageddon, to the robotic future via heart, brain, consciousness and the idea and practice of mapping. All in 317 pages, plus a bibliography that had it been towed into the North Atlantic could have sunk a battleship. I barely made it into the index alive.
I remember when Julian Assange was the coolest thing on the planet. Back in 2010, on his first visit to London after his Wikileaks organisation revealed secrets of the US war on terror, I debated with him. The large lecture hall at City University was packed, and there was an almost erotic feeling in the air. You know the scene in the Indiana Jones movie when a student bats her eyelids at Harrison Ford and they’ve got “Love You” written on them? It was like that.
This is a poor moment to praise politicians. With the falling-off of Fallon, the blunders of Boris and the perils of Priti, rarely have our leaders seemed to be such exaggerations of their own cartoon depictions. All we can see is their grievous fault. And the grievous faults of their predecessors who between them contributed to the fine mess we find ourselves in.
@metaburbia You can't back up that charge. But of course, you're also wriggling so that Singapore just gets to mean whatever you want it to. But Singapore is globalisation plus & I know of no analysis that suggests that the NE voted for that.
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