Progressiveness in the Present Epoch-Second Edition
Preface and Full Text of the Paper in Persian
By Sam Ghandchi
ترقي خواهي در عصر کنوني (متن کامل)-ويرايش دوم
I wrote the original text of this paper in 1984 and it was published in Iran Times of Washington D.C. from Nov 20, 1987 to Jan 8, 1988. If I were writing this series today, I would write most of it the same way as I have written then, except for the last part.
In the last part about the new civilization, I had noted then that in negating the present industrial society, most of the ones who call themselves the New Age Movement, are going back, in retrogression, to pre-industrial viewpoints, just like the majority of the participants of the Iranian Revolution, rather than moving forward to a post-industrial future. New Age movement, in contrast to futurism, has distanced itself more and more from science.
Today, the futurists, for the most part, have continued their efforts of understanding our epochal change and moving forward, whereas the ones who go under the umbrella of New Age Movement, as I had noted in this article over ten years ago, further and further digressed to superstition and backward views.
The adherents of the New Age Movement remind me of jalAl-e Al-e Ahmad in
In contrast, futurists, have been looking forward, just like the thinkers of Renaissance and 19th Century, who looked forward, in an epochal change, and try to understand the dimensions of the post-industrial society, as it dawns in the 21st Century, as I have noted in my Intelligent Tools article.
Please look at the many books written by the futurists, on many topics related to these epochal changes, in the book lists of World Future Society and Iranscope.
As one can see, worldwide, just as in
Hoping for a Futurist, Federal, Democratic, and Secular Republic in Iran,
Sam Ghandchi, Publisher/Editor
Nov 1, 2004
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