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13 February 2008

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The "Pursuit of Power" by William McNeil published in 1984 as part of a triology including the impact of pandemics on human history nicely covers the last 1000 evolution of weaponary and why the choices to fund that evolution occur. But this seems a new theme, what is in the psychology of man that triggers destruction. Freud is really substantially repudiated at this point and modern brain chemistry is still evolving by leaps and bounds. Perhaps pills that trigger destructive urges or resist them will be developed but robotics seems to also require policing if rendering death and destruction to civil populations is to be prohibited. Proliferation issues are very complicated and require patience and skill. Destruction with weaponary is much simpler. It remains to be seen whether mankind will evolve or destroy himself by his own inventions.

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