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Monday, April 25, 2022

H. G. Wells and education

H. G. Wells (1866-1946) was an English writer best known for his contributions to science fiction. Writer Don D'Ammassa said,


"The influence of H. G. Wells on other science fiction writers is immeasurable. His work is widely known far beyond the boundaries of the genre, and to a great extent the creators of all novels and films of alien invasions, time travel, or invisibility are at least partly in his debt." (The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction Writers, 2005)


The rest of this post is some quotes from Wells.




"An immense and ever-increasing wealth of knowledge is scattered about the world today; knowledge that would probably suffice to solve all the mighty difficulties of our age, but it is dispersed and unorganized. We need a sort of mental clearing house for the mind: a depot where knowledge and ideas are received, sorted, summarized, digested, clarified and compared." (


"We are living in 1927, and our universities, I suggest, are not half-way out of the 15th century. We have made hardly any changes in our conception of university organization, education, graduation, for a century - for several centuries." (


"We do not want dictators, we do not want oligarchic parties or class rule, we want a widespread world intelligence conscious of itself." (World Brain, 1938)


"Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe... yet clumsily or smoothly, the world, it seems, progresses and will progress." (The Outline of History, 1920)