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Was Bradbury prescient?

By Debra Dobbins

To help you better understand today’s “Pearls Before Swine,” here are three definitions:

Hedonistic – devoted to pursuit of pleasure; self-indulgent

Anti-intellectual – opposed to the pursuit of advanced knowledge

Science fiction – futuristic fiction based on innovations in science and/or technology

Famous “sci fi” writers include Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451, as well as:

Isaac Asimov – “Foundation” series
Orson Scott Card – “Ender’s Game” series
Robert Heinlein - Stranger in a Strange Land
Douglas Adams – “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” series
Frank Herbert – “Dune” series
Arthur C. Clarke - 2001: A Space Odyssey
H.G. Wells – The Time Machine

Was Bradbury prescient? (Prescient means knowing something before it happens.) Are we as a society devoting more time to self-indulgence and less time to improving our minds through reading and other academic pursuits? Is there a serious message within this funny comic strip?

Is my bias showing? Probably!
 

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