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Lao Dan
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Painter thinking about what comes after modernity.
Painter thinking about what comes after modernity.

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Is America still a nation?
This 4th of July Patrick Buchanan asked if America is still a nation (1). This question touches a raw nerve and our minds ache. What will we do without America? Ron Paul proposes the following answer (2). We must declare independence from an indebted postmo...
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America First? Hum... but China Is already starting to Dominate Global Technology!
As I wrote in the first post of this series ( A growing disconnect between Chinese and Westerners )
"Change is assaulting our certainties as never before. The fields it
affects are multiplying while its speed is accelerating and in
consequence our minds ...
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Imaginings of the future. Rational abstractions reached by the thinking mind…
1. P ast trends that help to understand the present:   S ource : “Statistics on World Population, GDP and per Capita GDP, 1-2006” by Angus Maddison, University of Groeningen. Via “ The Economic History of the Last 2,000 Years in 1 Little Graph ”. Derek Thom...
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Our present mood shapes our reading of the future.
 Does it
matter if Chinese and Western perceptions about societal reality are
growing further apart?  Whatever people may be thinking the fact is that
this disconnect is going to have a decisive impact on how humanity's
future will unfold and so I belie...
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A great disconnect between Chinese and Westerners
What is going on? People's perceptions in China and in the West are so absolutely out of sync that I feel the urge to write about this disconnect. Generally speaking people in China are optimistic about the future and they trust their political decision mak...
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Worldviews compensate for our inability to attain the truth about what is the whole reality in which we are such tiny particles. And humanity has adopted 2 different ways to share worldviews along the path of its history:
- for tens of thousands of years under tribal societies humans willingly shared and lived a common narrative
- along the last 5000 years power societies imposed a narrative on reluctant citizens. The propagation by force of a narrative in the minds is what recently has been called propaganda.
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From Modernity to After-Modernity (33)
Book 3. Divination
1. The future emerges in a given context
1.1. The quasi-Worldview of Modernity

Modernity i s not a worldview in the real meaning of the term. It is a quasi- worldview. A worldview relates to a holistic narrative that all citizens can shar...
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