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The Aesthetics' Point of View

 
 

The Marquess Mallen and his family summoned me to clearify on my last statement. Thusly I will write several further statements from the perspective of The Aesthetics, each one punctiliously addressed to every dignitary respectively.

Respondence to The Most Honourable: The Marquess of Mallen

I answer duly to your summons for a depction of a decent collaboration between science and religion. According to my credo (diligentia quam suis rebus) I disclose in this affair Mr. Priestly.

Joseph Priestley, (13 March 1733 – 6 February 1804) was an 18th-century English theologian, clergyman, natural philosopher, chemist, educator, and political theorist who published over 150 works. He is usually credited with the discovery of oxygen, having isolated it in its gaseous state.

During his lifetime, Priestley's considerable scientific reputation rested on his invention of soda water, his writings on electricity, and his discovery of several "airs" (gases), the most famous being what Priestley dubbed "dephlogisticated air" (oxygen).

Priestley's science was integral to his theology, and he consistently tried to fuse Enlightenment rationalism with Christian theism. In his metaphysical texts, Priestley attempted to combine theism, materialism, and determinism, a project that has been called "audacious and original". He believed that a proper understanding of the natural world would promote human progress and eventually bring about the Christian Millennium.

A scholar and teacher throughout his life, Priestley also made significant contributions to pedagogy, including the publication of a seminal work on English grammar, books on history, and he prepared some of the most influential early timelines. These educational writings were some of Priestley's most popular works. It was his metaphysical works, however, that had the most lasting influence: leading philosophers including Jeremy Bentham, John Stuart Mill, and Herbert Spencer credit them among the primary sources for utilitarianism.

Long live Victoria!

Dr. Joseph Mortimer Granville

 

Govt Lying To Public Over Clockwork Project

 
 

Government scientists have been accused of lying to the public over the the scope of the Clockwork Project by someone claiming to be in the possession of the lost Clockwork prototype.

In a series of leaked documents sent to us by someone called Caelen, scientist Dr Henry Winchester expresses his concern over the loss of something called Badium, the very same mineral troops were sent to protect in Kazakhstan in 1872.

This led to the Saryn War, and the loss of thousands of lives.

Caelen issued the following statement

"I have a Clockwork device, the public is being lied to. The government must come clean or I will leak details to the press."

Several of the documents sent to the London Gazette, suggest the government has been very economical with the truth.

If the information in the documents is correct, it will have an impact on the ongoing negotiations between the Department for the Advancement of Sciences and trade unions over job security.

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The Aesthetics' Point of View

 
 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

My name is Dr. Mortimer Granville and I am a doctor renowned for the medically treatment of hysteria, a diagnosis of women displaying an array of symptoms including nervousness, insomnia, exhaustion, depression, cramps, and sexual frustration. The only known method of treatment is to elicit paroxysmal convulsions.

The usual manual method is extremely strenuous. So in about 1883 I invented Granville's Hammer, which was a huge relief for the doctors who found themselves suffering from fatigued wrists and hands. However, I did not apply my invention solely in the treatment of hysteria; rather, I use it also to treat muscular disorders. This makes the Hammer the fourth domestic appliance to be automated, after the sewing machine, the fan and the tea kettle.

My values as a doctor, a gentleman and as an Aesthetics are based on the belief that advances in science and technology will eventually bring about an utopia, or will at least help to fulfill one or another utopian ideal. The utopia we Aesthetics dream of is an ideal society, in which laws, government, and social conditions are solely operating for the benefit and well-being of all its citizens, when advanced science and technology will allow these ideal living standards to exist; for example, post scarcity, transformations in human nature, the abolition of suffering and even the end of death.

We believe that science and technology are the right and left hands of what we call the move from the realm of necessity to the realm of freedom. In this regard all real socialists and feminists must be generally advocates of reason and science, which are to be brought about as a painless corollary of clockwork development.

The advance of technology will lay the groundwork not only for the creation of a new society, with different property relations, but also for the emergence of new human beings reconnected to nature and themselves. At the top of our agenda for empowered proletarians is to increase the total productive forces as rapidly as possible. Yes, that means we are focused on industrialization, economic development and the promotion of reason, science and the idea of progress.

All great thinkers of the Enlightenment commonly equated scientific progress with social progress. It is our belief that technological change revolutionizes human affairs and will increase personal freedom by freeing the individual from the rigid embrace of bureaucratic big government. Our ideal of the self-empowered knowledge workers will render traditional hierarchies redundant.

For this endeavour we Aesthetics define the four principles of modern technological utopia:

1.We are presently undergoing a revolution in technology;

2. In the clockwork age, technological growth will be sustained (at least);

3. In the clockwork age, technological growth will lead to the end of economic scarcity;

4. The elimination of economic scarcity will lead to the elimination of every major social evil.

End of scarcity is a form of society in which goods, services and information are free, or practically free. This would require an abundance of fundamental resources (matter, energy and intelligence), in conjunction with sophisticated

automated systems like the clockwork. Scarcity is the fundamental economic problem of having seemingly unlimited human needs and wants, in a world of limited resources.

It states that society has insufficient productive resources to fulfill all human wants and needs. Alternatively, scarcity implies that not all of society's goals can be pursued at the same time; trade-offs are made of one good against others. However, in Marxist economics, scarcity is said to be peripheral. Human wants in practice are not assumed to be infinite, but variable and ultimately conditioned. Scarcity, instead, is secondary to the issue of differential distribution within a society due to class, primarily between a producing class (e.g. slaves, peasants, the proletariat) and a surplus-taking class (e.g. slave owners, lords, the bourgeoisie).

All visions of post-scarcity societies must assume the existence of new technologies which make it much easier for society to produce nearly all goods in great abundance, given raw materials and energy. Only advanced industrial automation might be able to produce most physical goods that people desire, with a minimal amount of human labour required.

God save Victoria!

Dr. Mortimer

 

Advancement of Sciences Have Lost "The Clock"

 
 

Department for the Advancement of Sciences has issued a statement about the disappearance of a secret Clockwork prototype.

"We can confirm that one of our devices is missing. It was moved from our offices in London, loaded on to a vehicle, taking it to be destroyed. The device is part of an unsuccessful experiment from the early days of the Clockwork Project, it poses no threat to the public, or security of the nation."

The department would not confirm whether the device was stolen or is just missing, and refused to reveal the location of its two lead scientists, who are rumoured to be out of the country.

Mystery surrounds the future of the Clockwork Project after the government bowed to trade union demands and stopped further research and development.

It still unknown whether the activities of the department have actually stopped, or have been moved to a new location away from the prying eyes of the public.

The public are being asked to keep an eye out for a large container labelled "Chamberlain BCV6 - Liverpool".

Information about the missing Clockwork device should be sent to  via electronic telegraph to: "informer - at - advancementofsciences - dot - com"