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People living at the start of the third millennium enjoy a world which would have been inconceivable to ancestors living in the previous 100 millennia during which our species has existed. Ignorance and myth have given way to a detailed understanding of life and the universe. Slavery, despotism, blood feuds and patriarchy have vanished from great expanses of the planet, driven out by the idea of human rights and the rule of law. Technology has shrunk the globe and stretched our lives and minds.

How far can this revolution in the human condition go? Will the world of 3000 be…

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