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Dr. Isaac Asimov

Predicts the Internet of today, 20 years ago. The Internet has been VERY important to spreading the message of freedom throughout the world. Weird listening to these guys talk about the internet before it was even around. "It's through this machine, for the first time we'll be able to have a one to one relationship between information source and information consumer"...I translate that into NO MORE MSM!! :-}

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Visionary on all the sci fi stuff

but as near as I can tell he was a utopian (why do you think he supports public schools).

I would actually love to see a sci fi that wasnt utopian in nature besides star wars (Any suggestions). The problem is that all the big publishing companies and movie companies like the utopian idea because they think that if people listen to them and do what they say everything will be wonderful. But the truth is utopia is tyranny, and is wonderful for the king on top but not so great for everyone else. .

I love his work, but there is some scary stuff in his writings

He escaped Communism from the Soviet Union, but not all of its ideals. A lot of his books tie together (the Robot and Foundation Series link up near the end). That and the last story of I, Robot (I forgot the name of that short story), all have our society moving to having hyper-intelligent robots in charge of all human affairs, bound by the three laws (and ultimately the 4th law called the Zeroth Law). The Zeroth Law was, "A robot may not harm humanity, or, by inaction, allow humanity to come to harm." Pretty slippery slope with that law. I have read all of the Robot and Foundation Series' and that really creeped me out at the end of it all. At first, when I was young, it gave me a sense of safety and security; making me think this was a valid future for us to strive to. Not anymore, of course.

Anyway, you kind of get a sense of Asimov's desire for authoritarianism, but based on his experiences in the Soviet Union, he shifts it to robots instead of humans. I'm sure the world run by robots would be better than the one run by a communist oligarchy, but I think we all agree that the free market / republic / individual rights model are what we desire.

Anyway, he is a great author with some fantastic writings, but it is hard to ignore the effect all of that Soviet propaganda had on his mind.

With liberty and justice for all...who can afford it.

as a friend of his

who talked with him several times, I think u are wrong. He was questioning laws not advocating following them.

I'll take your word for it

but I'm just stating the sense that I get from the novels. I still love his work and re-read some of his novels from time to time.

With liberty and justice for all...who can afford it.

Shoot out for

Bill Moyers! I think he's great. We need more like him! Thanks to the OP for sharing!

If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animated contest of freedom — go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and

precisely.

what awaits us, and what is blocking us:

http://www.dailypaul.com/227318/video-what-lingers-on-in-lab...

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

He wrote

more educational books than fiction.
He also coined the term "positronic" and came up with the "3 laws of robotics".

Truly one of the greats of the last century.

Great mind

Great humanist.

In the 90's he was one of my role-models.

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Issac Asimov Foundation.

I thought of Hober Mallow and the Traders Guild when I heard Dr. Paul talking about a foreign policy of freedom. "Be friends with people, trade with them."

If trade is to their advantage and war kills such advantage, war loses.

Free includes debt-free!

isaac asimov

i noticed the same thing when reading foundation. it also talked about how the most dangerous weapons are the ones that can also be used against you.

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this guy's great

(coined the term "robotics"!)

One of my favorite short writings from him:
The Relativity of Wrong

A goofy-ish one:
http://www.multivax.com/last_question.html

"You underestimate the character of man." | "So be off now, and set about it." | Up for a game?

I don't even know how I

ran across the video but it was awesome, and I had never heard the guy. I just read the short writing you posted. Awesome! I don't know why but I think my favorite line was: "Having exact answers, and having absolute rights and wrongs, minimizes the necessity of thinking"..Going to read the other now :-) Thanks

De criminalize Liberty!

asimov

you should read EVERYTHING he wrote. :) he's amazing. genius.