“It Is Not Absurd To Believe That The Scientific & Technological Age Is The Beginning Of The End For Humanity”

From Culture and Value, Ludwig Wittgenstein on technology:

The truly apocalyptic view of the world is that things do not repeat themselves. It is not e.g. absurd to believe that the scientific & technological age is the beginning of the end for humanity, that the idea of Great Progress is a bedazzlement, along with the idea that the truth will ultimately be known; that there is nothing good or desirable about scientific knowledge & that humanity, in seeking it, is falling into a trap. It is by no means clear that this is not how things are.•


Karl Johnson as the philosopher in Derek Jarman’s 1993 biopic:

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