World Brain

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World Brain is a collection of essays and addresses the English science fiction pioneer, social reformer, evolutionary biologist and historian H. G. Wells authored during the period 1936-38. Throughout the book, Wells describes his vision of the world brain: a new, free, synthetic, authoritative, permanent "World Encyclopaedia" that could help world citizens make the best use of universal information resources and make the best contribution to world peace. There underlie egalitarianism and utilitarianism in sharp contrast to commercial encyclopedias published "for gentlemen by gentlemen." His successors, Aldous Huxley and George Orwell, spoke ill of his utopianism. A union of Google and Wikipedia, however, may roughly look like his utopian dream coming true.[improper synthesis?]

While World Brain is the title of the book, World Brain stands for an open system of authority for universal information sharing and education not only as required by Wells but also as more or less revived and realized by others, whether the claimed or unclaimed successors. For it would serve as a rare benchmark to evaluate or appreciate newer systems that are, well or ill, evolving more and more rapidly.[original research?]

Admittedly or debatably, Wells was not practicing as a politician but a liberal activist mindful of world politics and, after all, world peace that he identifies with his version of socialism. The "World Brain" is, Wells believes, the only means of achieving the "World Peace" in the end by virtue of well-organized universal information sharing and education. To say the former is simply to say the latter. In effect he appeals to fellow world citizens and leaders alike. As such, it would be improper or implausible to explain it away, not to mention shying away. The recent Pirate Parties sound like echoing his liberal voice most dramatically.[original research?]


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