3. Historical Themes

The practical side of Positive philosophy is forward looking, seeking an understanding of morality, politics and economics relevant to a future in which the human genome might be evolved by design and in which intelligence is manifest in inanimate or hybrid machines and networks.

It is desirable in considering such profound changes to connect our thinking with the history of ideas, so that our projections about future possibilities are grounded in reflections on past actualities and ideas.

In this chapter some such connections are sought by tracing the history of some of the themes in terms of which our future options are to be analysed.

Roger Bishop Jones 2016-01-07