“There are long run problems facing the human race which may be very difficult to solve. We do not yet…have a stable, high-level technology."
"Our existing technology is based on fossil fuels and ores, and this limited; we will be all right for a hundred years (50 remain), or [perhaps two hundred], but within strictly historic times we may face a
totally exhausted earth. Fortunately a technology based on the concept of Earth as a self-contained spaceship is by no means impossible, and indeed seems to be on the way. This would involve placing man in a self-perpetuating cycle, drawing on the atmosphere and the oceans as the only basic resource, and importing energy either from the sun or from nuclear fusion on earth.”
“We do not even know how large a population the earth could support in a stable, high-level economy. One hopes for the sake of the unborn that it will be large, for world population is all too likely to go to six billion by the end of this century, and we are not likely to catch it before then.”
The Problem of Choice
There are questions here that the framework of science and technology cannot answer. No matter how far we go in technology, all that technology gives us is power; and power without an objective is meaningless and ultimately self-destructive.”
“This is an area scarcely penetrated as yet by the social sciences. We have therefore to rely a great deal on the humanistic vision expressed in poetry, art, and religion. We can grow in knowledge and begin to apply the human mind to the critique of ends of man and his social systems, just as we can to the improvement of means.”
“Thus the increase in power technology produces raises all the more insistently those questions about the ‘chief end of man’, which religion and philosophy, poetry and the arts, have always raised.”
“As our power increases, the question of what we want to do with it acquires overriding importance. At this point even the social scientist must take a back seat, for such knowledge is perhaps unobtainable, and wisdom is all that we have left.”
Boulding, “The Two Cultures,” Technology in Western Civilization: 2 Vols. New York: Oxford University Press, 1967. Vol. II, pp. 686-707.
N cultures, meaning a variable amount of different if not fully distinct cultures; often called subcultures.
"In mathematics, the italic form (n) is the common symbol for a variable quantity, especially one which represents an integer. is often used to refer to the set of natural numbers."
"In statistics, the italic form (n) is used to denote the number of observations or replicates included in a statistical sample."