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Ge­ordie Wil­liamson

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[ to] keep us from the temp­ta­tion to be sep­a­rate, to iso­late our­selves and be with­drawn.

The sheer breadth of th­ese ex­am­ples mean the lec­tures are nec­es­sar­ily sketches, check­lists, ges­tures in the di­rec­tion of ideas dis­cussed at greater length and more con­cretely in his ear­lier works. But the brevity only adds to the sense of ur­gency.

At the end of a long and dis­tin­guished ca­reer, Ka­pus­cin­ski takes a hard look at the great global mi­gra­tions of late moder­nity. And he ac­knowl­edges the wan­ing im­por­tance of a West­ern world that man­aged to es­cape from its own ig­no­rance into a flawed en­light­en­ment.

He con­cludes with a sub­dued op­ti­mism. The ex­plo­sion in com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nol­ogy is a boon and a Ba­bel din: it can­not re­place the nec­es­sary dif­fi­culty and re­ward of phys­i­cal en­counter with the other. And yet, our sur­vival as a species in the com­ing cen­tury will be

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