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The key to the solution of the world crisis we face

Maxwell, N; (2021) The key to the solution of the world crisis we face. Human Affairs , 31 (1) pp. 21-39. 10.1515/humaff-2021-0004. Green open access

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Abstract

Humanity faces two fundamental problems of learning: learning about the universe, and learning to become civilized. We have solved the first problem, but not the second one, and that puts us in a situation of great danger. Almost all of our global problems have arisen as a result. It has become a matter of extreme urgency to solve the second problem. The key to this is to learn from our solution to the first problem how to solve the second one. This was the basic idea of the 18th century Enlightenment, but in implementing this idea, the Enlightenment blundered. Their mistakes are still built into academia today. In order to le arn how to create a civilized, enlightened world, the key thing we need to do is to cure academia of the structural blunders we have inherited from the Enlightenment. We need to bring about a revolution in science, and in academia more broadly so that the basic aim becomes wisdom, and not just knowledge.

Type: Article
Title: The key to the solution of the world crisis we face
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1515/humaff-2021-0004
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1515/humaff-2021-0004
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
Keywords: Two problems of learning; knowledge; wisdom; the Enlightenment; reason; science; metaphysics; social inquiry; academic inquiry; global problems; civilization
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Dept of Science and Technology Studies
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10127064
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