Ostrander and Schroeder

Superlearning, 1989

Horse-and-buggy learning isn't practical in a jet-speed age. If we could look down from Olympus, we'd probably see that we've just about streamed past the jet age too. We want to stay part of our world, to feel the center isn't out there, somewhere, treadmilling us along. To make the decisions, to have the equanimity and the capabilities we need, it is quite probable that now is the time to open up those further, rarely used circuits of ourselves. We're told we only use about ten percent of our brains. The rest of it must have been built-in for a reason. As Dr. Frederic Tilney says, "We will consciously evolve brain centers that will give us powers we can't even imagine now."

Jonas Salk

The Survival of the Wisest, 1973, pp. x-xi

I am convinced that, although we cannot predict the future, with understanding Man can, to a considerable degree, influence the course of coming events in his favor. This is based upon the evidence that a new transformation is occurring in the circumstances of human life—new in the history of Man and of the planet—to suggest that Man's past performance should not be taken as the only basis for judging his future.

T.H. White

The Book of Merlyn, 1939, pp. 14, 15

"Nobody can be saved from anything, unless they save themselves. It is hopeless doing things for people—it is often very dangerous indeed to do things at all—and the only thing worth doing for the race is to increase its stock of ideas. Then, if you make available a larger stock, the people are at liberty to help themselves from out of it. By this process the means of improvement is offered, to be accepted or rejected freely, and there is faint hope of progress in the course of the millennia. Such is the business of the philosopher, to open new ideas. It is not his business to impose them on people."

"You did not tell me this before"

"Why not?"

"You have egged me into doing things during all my life. The chivalry and the round table which you made me invent, what were these but efforts to save people, and to get things done?"

"They were ideas," said the philosopher firmly, "rudimentary ideas. All thought, in its early stages, begins as action. The actions which you have been wading through have been ideas, clumsy ones of course, but they had to be established as a foundation before we could begin to think in earnest. You have been teaching man to think in action. Now it is time to think in our heads."

"So my table was not a failure - master?"

"Certainly not. It was an experiment."


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