Andrew Sullivan goes Frankenstein

I’d probably be more impressed by Andrew Sullivan’s warning here if Mary Shelley hadn’t done such a marvelous job of finger-wagging at us from the grim gaslight of the early 19th century…


I fear we are close to the moment when our intellectual capabilities as human beings overtake our moral capacity for self-restraint. We are becoming too smart for our own good. We know too much, and have too much potential for massive destruction for major shit not to hit the fan relatively soon. I’m not even talking about unintended consequences of intellectual or scientific advances. I’m talking about deliberate use of destructive technologies to end our civilization as we have known it. Have we advanced morally as a species at the same pace that we have advanced technologically? The question answers itself.


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