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> “There is a growing mountain of research. But there is increased evidence that we are being bogged down today as specialization extends. The investigator is staggered by the findings and conclusions of thousands of other workers—conclusions which he cannot find time to grasp, much less to remember, as they appear.”

> “The difficulty seems to be, not so much that we publish unduly in view of the extent and variety of present day interests, but rather that publication has been extended far beyond our present ability to make real use of the record. The summation of human experience is being expanded at a prodigious rate, and the means we use for threading through the consequent maze to the momentarily important item is the same as was used in the days of square-rigged ships.”

- Vannevar Bush, As We May Think (1945): https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1945/07/as-we-m...




What a fascinating article. Thank you for sharing it. It truly shows how much we have progressed and has an optimism that is so refreshing considering it was written right before the end of one of humanity's most deadly/vicious war.

It really , really puts things in perspective and makes me wonder how we are doing much better relatively to most people in ww2 but yet we don't seem to have (or even wish for) a positive outlook on life and the future.




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