by Orin, May 26, 2005 5:53 PM
Most modern philosophers wail on about the horrors of living today. Reading Leary, I find myself overwhelmed with the glittering optimism he has for the possibilities of modern society. Published just as the Internet explosion was happening in the early 90's, this book marvels at how computers will revolutionize society. He looks at the side by side evolution of mainstream culture and counter-culture throughout the 20th century, and projects his vision forward into the 21st. The effect increasing technology has had upon the power of the human mind to process multiple realities at once. How Pong was a great evolutionary step across the "Merlin Wall," as suddenly the consumer could take an active part in the action on the screen. He equates our tentative steps into the digital realms of "Cyberia" with the floundering of early amphibians who first crawled up from the sea onto land. Have no fear of the future with Dr. Leary as your guide.