The concept of progress necessarily includes the notion of positive development.
It is in the very nature of matter to evolve. And when it comes to human technology,
especially in the 21st century, evolution is the order of the day. However, evolution
is much more than technological advancement. It is the fire within that prompts
the phoenix to burn itself to ashes, and to recreate from its own death, another
life, another step, another horizon. Call it transhumanism, immortality
or divinity, the human race is now seeking the beyond-human, the supraman
for whom the universe would be a cosmic play ground.
What is the next step in human evolution? Where are we, as a species,
going? While some people believe that we have reached the acme of our
possibilities and that now it's time for entropy to take over, others
believe that the superman is yet to come. Considering that the
human race has been on earth for a very short span in this planet's evolutionary
scheme, it does seem more likely that we have tapped only an infinitesimal
percentage of our potentials.
Can we break
the innate suicide code programmed within the cells of our body? Or do
we age simply because we are conditioned to think so? Today, science has
gradually begun to look at the possibility of longevity, extending
it to include immortality. But deathlessness is not just
a physical phenomenon. It has various spiritual and ethical perspectives
that can drastically change the nature of human civilization.
IQ & Genius
a genius? Most people would say a high IQ. But that alone does
not explain the sudden snatches of inspiration that create wonders
out of the commonplace. So, is there something unique about the Einsteins,
the da Vincis and the Marie Curies of the world? Or is it a latent
talent that each person can acquire, given time and perseverance?
Swept off its feet by hi-tech, personified in television and the
Net, humanity today is on the brink of an evolutionary leap. But are we
really prepared for it?
Can humanity actually make the statistically impossible
and scientifically improbable idea of traveling through time a reality?