Should We Beware Humanity’s Collective Capacity Reaching Critical Mass?

By Ooi Kee Beng

October 2016 EDITORIAL
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Man’s discoveries and inventions revolutionise him. That is a truismThe conquest of fire altered how and what we eat; the invention of the wheel changed how we travel and how we construct machines; the discovery of germs increased human population as much as new modes of cultivation kept us better fed; and the harnessing of nuclear power provided us with a new source of energy along with awesome weapons of mass destruction.Practical knowledge – along with the subsequent technologies –...

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Ooi Kee Beng

is the Executive Director of Penang Institute. His recent books include The Eurasian Core and its Edges: Dialogues with Wang Gungwu on the History of the World (ISEAS 2016). Homepage: