On Fridays, I usually share a few thoughts on something that I’ve been reading lately or something that I’ve read a few times and consider worthwhile and relevant to skepticism or freethought. Today, I’m going do you one better, and share the story itself: Report on the Barnhouse Effect.
If you’ve never read any Vonnegut, this is an excellent starter piece. His usual global consciousness, apocalypticism, and wry humour are in effect, but for once he doesn’t go for his trademark darkly nihilistic ending. For once, he envisions a utopia that doesn’t take a turn for the dystopian. I can only assume that he must have been having an unusually pleasant week.