Men's natural abilities are too dull to see through everything at once; but by consulting, listening, and debating, they grow more acute, and while they are trying all means, they at last discover those which they want, which all approve, but no one would have thought of in the first place.
It is our nature to strive to explore everything, alive and dead, present and past and future. When once the technology exists to read and write memories, one mind to another, the age of mental exploration will begin in earnest. Instead of admiring the beauties of nature from the outside, we will look at nature through the eyes of the elephant, the eagle, and the whale. We will be able, through the magic of science, to feel in our own minds the pride of the peacock and the wrath of the lion.
FREEMAN DYSON, INFINITE IN ALL DIRECTIONS
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Publication information: Book title: The Transparent Society:Will Technology Force Us to Choose between Privacy and Freedom?. Contributors: David Brin - Author. Publisher: Perseus Books. Place of publication: Reading, MA. Publication year: 1998. Page number: 325.