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For without his collectively stored and individually remembered experience,
Descartes' lips and tongue and vocal cords could not have framed his triumphant
sentence. "Man is only a reed, but a thinking reed," said his contemporary Pascal.
But what archetypal fantasy erupting from the unconscious caused a
contemporary technocrat to conceive his ideal collective habitation in the
imitative form of a pyramid, big enough to entomb the population of a whole town
? There are many ...
Both elaborate fantasies that are largely extrapolated from known contemporary
or historical realities: both picture a possible future: both entertain the possibility
of new social arrangements and new inventions. Even to say that science fiction ...
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NEW EXPLORATIONS NEW WORLDS
RETURN OF THE SUN GOD
THE MECHANIZED WORLD PICTURE
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