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    We tried to think about the most primitive information we have regarding our extraordinary experience, isthat, I think we choose the fact that, all humanity has always been born naked, absolutely helpless, formonths, and though with beautiful equipment, as we learn later on, with no experience, and therefore,absolutely ignorant. That's where all humanity has always started. And we've come to the point where, inour trial and error nding our way, stimulated by a designed in hunger designed in thirst these areconscious inputs; designed in procreative urge we have such an enormous amount of, as we learn lateron, of designed in automated processing of the inter-relationships of all the atoms in our organism,starting then, with a consciousness of the hunger, giving a drive to go after...to seek to experiment. Manhaving, then, no rulebook, nothing to tell him about that Universe, has had to really nd his way entirely bytrial and error. He had no words and no experience to assume that the other person has experience. Theat rst, very incredibly limited way of communicating. We now know, human beings being on our planetfor probably 3 1/2 million years, with, as far as we can see, not much physiological change pretty muchthe same skeleton, and from what we can learn of human beings in their earliest recordedcommunicating, in an important degree, people in India 5,000 years ago, and in China 5,000 years ago,were thinking very extraordinarily well in the terms of anything we know about our experience, the waywe've been able to resolve experiences into the discovery of principles that seem to be operative in ourUniverse.

    I'm astonished at how well the early Hindu and Chinese thinker how well he was able to process hisinformation, in view of the very limited amount of information humanity had as of that time in comparisonto anything we have today.

    Just making a little jump in information, as we, as humanity on board of our planet, entered into what itcalled World War I, the scientists around the world have ways of reporting to one another ocially; andchemists have what they call Chemical Abstracts. Chemical Abstracts are methodical publications ofanything and everything any chemist nds that he publishes information regarding, it becomes ChemicalAbstracts. As the world entered World War I, what was called the twentieth century it's a very arbitrarykind of accounting matter, we had some hundred I think we had (I'm doing this off the top of my head frommemory) about 175,000 known substances, approximately almost a quarter of a million substances bythe time the United States came into the war, known to chemistry. And we came out of World War I withalmost a million substances known. By the time we ended World War II, we were well up into 10 million,and we've come out of it now where the gures really are getting astronomical. We can't really keep trackof the rate at which we are discovering more. Just to talk about differentiable substances chemicallydistinct from one another. Those are typical of the information, really it is a bursting rate now in relation tojust I'm speaking just in relationship to my own life. One life in the extraordinary numbers of lives theremust have been on board of our planet. The information is multiplying at that rate during just one lifetimeindicates that something is going on here right now that is utterly unprecedented, and we're in suchindication of acceleration of experiences of human beings the integration of the accelerated, theexperienced, to produce awarenesses that are indicative of Humanity going through some very, veryimportant kind of transition into some kind of new relationship to Universe, I'd say, the kind ofacceleration that would occur after the child has been formed in the womb, taking the nine months, and

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  • suddenly begins to issue from the womb out into an entirely new world. So I think we are apparentlycoming out of some common womb of designedly permitted ignorance, given faculties which wegradually discovered and learned to employ by trial and error, and we're at the point where I now have,which would also seem absolutely incredible to a generation before, I've now completed 37 circuits of ourearth kind of zig-zagging circuits not straight around not as a tourist just carrying, just responding torequests to appear here and there, to lecture in Universities, or to design some structure whatever it maybe. So, that is in the everyday pattern that I am circuiting that earth. It certainly makes it in evidence thatwe are dealing in a totality of humanity, not the up to my generation completely divided humanity, spreadvery far apart on our planet.

    My father was in the leather importing business in Boston, Massachusetts, in the United States, and heimported from two places, primarily, Buenos Aires and India for bringing in leathers for the shoe industry,which was centered at that time in the Boston area. And his mail, or a trip that he would like to make toArgentina took two months each way, and his trips to India in the mail took exactly three months eachway. And, it seemed absolutely logical to humanity when early in this century, Rudyard Kipling, theEnglish poet, said "East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet." It was a very, very rarematter for any human being to make such a travel as that, taking all those months there were not manyships that could take them there. All that has changed in my lifetime, to where I'm not just one of a veryfew making these circuits of the earth, but I am one of probably, getting to be pretty close to 20 millionnow who are making living a life like that around our planet, and very much of the whole young worlddoing so. I keep meeting my students of various universities from around the world, half way around theworld again. They are all getting to be living as world people. So, this is a very sudden emergence intosome new kind of relationship to our Universe is being manifest. None of it was planned. There wasnobody in the time of my father or my mother, as I was brought up, prophesying any of the things I've justsaid.

    The year I was born Marconi invented the wireless, but it did not get into any practical use until I was 12years of age when the rst steamship sends an S.O.S., its in distress, by wireless so think of it a greatmany miles and the world began to know the ship was in distress and ships began to rush to its aid.Absolutely unexpected! My father and mother would say "wireless! such nonsense!"

    And when I was three the electron was discovered, and nobody talked about that. It wasn't in any of thenewspapers nobody was interested in electrons didn't know what an electron was that had beendiscovered.

    I was brought up that humanity would never get to the North Pole absolutely impossible, they'd never getto the South Pole; and our Mercator maps didn't even show anything... the Northern-most points werekind of a rugged line, but you didn't see or know anything up beyond that.

    When I was 14 man did get to the North Pole, and when I was 16 he got to the South Pole, so impossiblesare happening.

    Like all other little boys, I was making paper darts, which you could make at school; and boys must havebeen making them for a very long time; and we were hoping we might be able to get to ying. But theparents, your parents were saying "Darling, it's very amusing for you to try that, but it is inherentlyimpossible for man to y. So when I was 7 the Wright brothers suddenly ew and my memory is vividenough of seven to remember that for about a year the engineering societies were trying to prove it was ahoax because it was absolutely impossible for man to do that.

    So then, not only was there the radio, but when I was 23, which you think well I guess many in this roomare not 23 yet when I was 23 the human voice came over the radio for the rst time, and that was anincredible matter. When I was 27 we had the rst licensed radio broadcasting. When I was 38 I was askedto go on an experimental TV program in New York where the Columbia Broadcasting had 70 sets invarious scientists' and their Board of Directors' homes, and they had experimental programs going on,they didn't have any money for paying anybody. The man who ran it, Gilbert Seldes was a friend of mine,and ran the studio, and so, I often appeared on his program, but we don't have television operating in theUnited States until after World War II. So we're talking about when I was 45 when we had our rsttelevision. So this is very it couldn't be a more recent matter; and yet nobody thought at that time we weregoing to have they didn't know you were going to have transistors; they didn't know man was going tohave satellites going around the earth; they didn't know we were going to have radio relay satellites, thatwe were going to be able to have programs coming out of any part of the earth, going to any other part ofthe earth. Absolutely not one of these steps was ever anticipated by any of the others, so that havingexperienced that, I also experienced living with my fellow human beings, who I nd, no sooner has ithappe