Ask A Genius 452 – The Future of Cultures (5)
November 23, 2018
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Rick Rosner: But with the 80-100 years that it will take the Muslim population to rise to the larger portions of the population.
By then, you are looking beyond the near future with the human domination and then moving into the mid-future. It won’t be Muslims increasing their demographic significance in America.
But more overwhelmingly, the entire or all of the existing societal structures will be more thoroughly overturned by the market and technology-driven changes to society. Within 150 years, people will have practical immortality.
Science will be advancing at a fast enough clip – and medicine – that whatever ails you; for most people, for every ten years older that you get, science is able to add another 10, 20, or 30 years of life.
Eventually, people, in practical terms, will be immortal. They could look forward to living for several centuries.
Jacobsen: If you take the modern scientific advances, the societies that accept those or put those into the educational curricula; they see a whittling down of fundamentalist strains of religion.
By liberal religious and non-religious people, they seem like the problem. As they become more dominant around the world, noting, of course, evolution is not seen as the dominant accepted theory by the global population.
There will be a necessary shift in worldview as there is an adaptation of traditional religious beliefs.
Rosner: We have called this the “hollowing out of religion” People stop believing in the mystical aspects of religion less and less, and follow the principles less and less.
Jacobsen: Yes, they become more Spinozan. I think evolution will be the big one. Because it is so simple. I think Daniel Dennett called it a “universal acid” in that sense.
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