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“World Brain” is an article written by H. G. Wells and first contributed to the new “Encyclopédie Française” in 1937. It explores the idea of a “permanent world encyclopaedia” that would contain “the whole human memory” and that would be “a world synthesis of bibliography and documentation with the indexed archives of the world.” Fascinating and arguably prophetic reading, “World Brain” will appeal to fan Wells' work. Herbert George Wells (1866 – 1946) was a prolific English writer who wrote in a variety of genres, including the novel, politics, history, and social commentary. Today, he is perhaps best remembered for his contributions to the science fiction genre thanks to such novels as “The Time Machine” (1895), “The Invisible Man” (1897), and “The War of the Worlds” (1898). "The Father of Science Fiction" was also a staunch socialist, and his later works are increasingly political and didactic. Many vintage books such as this are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive. We are republishing this book now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author.
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The concept of a "World Brain" was under continuous evolution and development in the mind of H.G. Wells from 1908 onwards. First crystallised in his book "Salvaging Civilisation" (1921), it continued evolving following the publication of the present work - at which point he gave it a new name, "The World Mind". The "World Brain/World Mind" notion is essentially that of producing needed and reliable intelligence to support strategic societal planning. Wells envisages a multi-national and world-wide institution which would have functional capabilities going well beyond the facilitative and co-ordinative activities of such existing international agencies as UNESCO. "World Brain" takes many ideas directly from John Amos Comenius, who, over 300 years ago, proposed that a well-educated and informed citizenry would not only prevent the occurence of wars, but also result in a flowering of creative cultural activities, and help to develop a beneficial form of world citizenship.
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