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Alan Moore, and the Burning of a Million Quid - Eschaton Immanent

About Alan Moore, and the Burning of a Million Quid

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Alan Moore is one of my favorite comic book writers, and is seen as the Shakespeare or Orson Welles of comics. In addition to being a great writer, he's also a magician, and I don't mean he pulls rabbits out of his hat.

On August 23, 1994, a couple English blokes calling themselves The K Foundation, burned a million quid on an abandoned boathouse in Scotland, and filmed it. They showed the film in various venues, and people got worked up quite a bit. What does this have to do with Alan Moore? Well, one of the places The K Foundation screened their film was Alan Moore's living room in Northampton. Mr. Moore had a lot of interesting things to say about it. If you get down to about 2/3 of the page, Moore starts talking about a "paradigm shift" that he sees happening between now and about 2020:
We've had those sort of shifts before just the move from agricultural to industrial, etc but this is, I think, of a different order, something bigger.

Daniel Quinn agrees. In his books, and in this speech he made at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in 2002, he states that we're in for a major paradigm shift (or if not, we're doomed):
If there are still people here in 200 years, they won't be living the way we do. I can make that prediction with confidence, because if people go on living the way we do, there won't be any people here in 200 years.

I can make another prediction with confidence. If there are still people here in 200 years, they won't be thinking the way we do. I can make that prediction with equal confidence, because if people go on thinking the way we do, then they'll go on living the way we do--and there won't be any people here in 200 years.

As you can see, the point I'm trying to make with this journal is that something is going to happen in the next 20-50 years that's going to utterly blow everyone's mind.
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