I think Joe had seen Juan Enriquez speak in Toronto, as he gave me a copy of As the Future Catches You: How Genomics & Other Forces are Changing Your Life, Work, Health & Wealth.
Enriquez noted that some nations are charging ahead with such technology and the education that drives it while others cripple themselves by holding back. Portugal had colonies throughout the world, he said, but they never respected the natives enough to help educate them, and so left intellectual blight behind them and at home. London and Paris are full of Indian and Chinese restaurants,but there are none in Portugal. He showed a photo of a billboard that read: “Portugal— We were a world power for about 15 minutes.
”The new maps of life, he said, will profoundly affect countries,business, religion and ethics. Being alive in the midst a scientific renaissance like this is Christmas every day.
During Q&A Enriquez lamented that the pharmacology industry has retreated to doing just marketing now instead of discovery, …