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Our Corner of The Kingdom

When Bede the Venerable wrote The Ecclesiastical History of the English People around 731 AD, his library of 250 books was perhaps the largest in England. Before the printing press was invented in the early 1500’s, humanity had the “luxury” of absorbing the wisdom of the ages as it was generated. Until the 20th century the sum of human knowledge had doubled every century. That “luxury” of time to absorb new ideas, evaluate the ideas, and discard or slowly adopt new ideas has dissipated as computers exponentially increase in their capacity to create and disseminate material. Depending on which predictive source you choose, the sum of human knowledge doubles every 12-18 months. We rarely take

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Depending on which predictive source you choose, the sum of human knowledge doubles every 12-18 months; until the 20th century the sum of human knowledge had doubled every century. Before the printing press humanity had the “luxury” of absorbing the wisdom of the ages as it was generated. That luxury has dissipated as computers exponentially increase in their capacity to create and disseminate material. We rarely take the time anymore to reflect and ponder on anything, afraid we’ll miss out on the next discovery, bargain, newsflash, or the next cat video on Facebook/YouTube (heaven forbid). The advent of the “Internet of Things” combined with advances in neuroscience and nanotechnology will

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