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34891Y177 North- & Southkorea are so different ...

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FROM ONE ANOTHER
NOT BECAUSE PEOPLE IN PYONGYANG
HAVE DIFFERENT GENES TO PEOPLE IN SEOUL,
OR BECAUSE THE NORTH IS COLDER AND MORE MOUNTAINOUS.
IT'S BECAUSE THE NORTH IS DOMINATED BY VERY DIFFERENT FICTIONS!
Maybe someday breakthroughs in neurobiology will enable us to explain communism
& the crusades in strictly biochemical terms? Yet we are very far from that point!
During the 21st century the border between history & biology is likely to blur not because
we will discover biological explanations for historical events, but rather because ideological fictions
will rewrite DNA strands; political & economic interests will redesign the climate; & the geography of mountains
& rivers will give way to cyberspace. As human fictions are translated into genetic & electronic codes, the inter-
subjective reality will swallow up the objective reality & biology will merge with history. In the 21st century fiction
might thereby become the most potent force on earth, surpassing even wayward asteroids & natural selection.
Hence if we want to understand our future, cracking genomes & crunching numbers is hardly enough.
We must also decipher the fictions that give
meaning to the world.