Did that title catch your attention? Good – now hold on while I explain it.
The basic idea is simple – people can be mentally and emotionally dead while being physically alive. The body can function quite well without the mind.
To put this in terms of brain science – the older parts of the brain can function very well, without its newer parts – that do most of its thinking. People do not have to think for themselves – they can just follow the herd.
This has been said before – Nietzsche comes to mind. But he could not imagine how bad things could get – even though he went crazy at the end of his life.
What strikes me is the contrast between the creativity in Software Development, which is astonishing – and the incompetence people are displaying everywhere else.
When I look into the future, I can see the collapse of the global economy – and the necessity of something to take its place. This will have to include the Computer – and perhaps this will allow its creative thinking to expand.
Cross your fingers.