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  • Commented on Ask the Author
    Okay, a lot of SF/fantasy talks about life ... how miraculous it is, the 'spark of life', etc. ... in a universe where 'life' (everlasting, of some/any sort) is the default condition, how would you explain 'death'?...
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    Thanks for the update ... Dugin is more than a little scary....
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    Look up Alexandr Gelyevich Dugin -- apparently he's Putin's favorite political scientist. The objective is to re-form the Eurasian Alliance. Dugin has no desire/sees no merit in becoming Westernized. In fact his preferred political model seems to be based on...
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    Charlie: Any ideas of where Russia/Putin might be heading considering low oil and EU cold shoulder?...
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    Interesting answer - thanks! Then again --- no longer having to show any detectable interface with the tax-paying/voting public could free up all sorts of funds. And, if ever challenged regarding budgets, it'd be very easy to pull up a...
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    Death of government bureaucracy ... have you considered this is a possibility thanks to constant government surveillance? No need to ask the populace to fill out forms in triplicate if all of your activity is already being monitored and recorded....
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    List of parameters posters already mentioned that might define the future (shown as a semantic differential scale): Isolation vs. connectedness Convenience vs. enduring worth Entertainment vs. intellectual achievement Episodic vs. life-long Singular focus vs. completeness/fulfillment Gentry vs. serfs Peer-group pressure/conformity...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    Guarantee that your new colony stays on track culturally with oxytocin. Wonder if anyone's done a study on differences in levels of this hormone in different age groups, sexes across cultures/ nationalities ... could explain quite a bit. http://www.pnas.org/content/108/4/1262.abstract Oxytocin...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    Agree generally ... what happens to these cultures as new generations emerge? Charlie's opening scenario posits very long-lived humans.. Next we have mass colonization by 200+ Earth-based nations across a comparable number of planetary systems. From my own experience, and...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    Jack L Chalker's Well World series is premised on how differences in biology and technology impact societies/world-building. He doesn't get into the physics, which is fine ... the point of the story doesn't depend on it. Has anyone has tried...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    Maybe we should approach this sideways: Adoption of specific technologies tells us what about a culture and its future? How would you have to position/market a technology in order for it to be adopted by a culture? If your future...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    I think the point of such SF is the promise/re-assurance that science/technology won't really change humanity .. the psychological make-up of a 'real human being'. Review the headlines of every medical/scientific advance... about as many people feared how such advances...
  • Commented on An age-old question
    Decided to see what the real-life experience of an exceptionally long life and corresponding (e.g., eidetic) memory might be. Below are entries from Wikipedia. Not so bad … and given the differences in personality types of these individuals, I think...
  • Commented on An age-old question
    Re: ‘Every new policy or strategy has failure modes you recognize: "that won't work" is your usual response to change, not because you're a curmudgeonly pessimist but because you've been there before.’ The interesting point is that the ‘why’ it...
  • Commented on An age-old question
    Just read the Wikipedia description of valproic acid [see below] ... deadly stuff. Using valproic acid to boost already functional cognition sounds comparable to getting chemo to get rid of excess facial/body hair ... not exactly the best move especially...
  • Commented on An age-old question
    Y-e-s-sss .... and if you recall (from previous topics) this is the same Stalin that installed Lysenko as the go-to guy for wheat/food production which set back Soviet biology/genetics decades. So, the super-ape army idea doesn't surprise me, nor does...
  • Commented on An age-old question
    Adding to the list ... impact of longevity: Alone-time/sensory filters ... more valuable because our brains cannot be shut down and will process whatever input they receive. Business opportunity: Pre-perception (brain-spam)filters... save your brain by keeping out unwanted junk (perceptions/sensory...
  • Commented on An age-old question
    Hmmm .. saw Idiocracy ... consequently not so sure I agree with you....
  • Commented on An age-old question
    Longevity impact … thoughts/observations: Birthday/Xmas gifts … almost impossible to get someone something that they don’t already have unless it’s this year’s newest invention/gadget. Babies – instead of horizontal slices of family giving a new parent advice on how to...
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    So Charlie, what you're asking is whether we (industrialized nations) should build stuff that lasts eons therefore can be studied by future archeologists rather than protect the current, homo sapiens species life-sustaining equilibrium - as environmentalists would have us do?...
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    For future Greenland scenarios -- boat-building (including space arks) would likely incorporate the latest in 'biological materials' research as in this example: fish scales! http://barthelat-lab.mcgill.ca/files/papers/ABM2011.pdf Structure and Mechanical Performance of a ‘‘Modern’’ Fish Scale** By Deju Zhu, Cesar Fuentes Ortega,...
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    Ever since visiting Las Vegas, I've thought that theme parks are the perfect venues for experimental architecture - including potentially for space colonization. The destination-revisit rate alone would tell you what's a good/liveable idea and what isn't. Could probably provide...
  • Commented on Oh dear
    Household formation is another factor in the economy because each 'household' unit needs durables, semi-durables, disposables, etc. -- quite a wide range of industries. Not sure there's any other event/life circumstance that has as much impact. So, if you wanted...
  • Commented on Oh dear
    The online travel search engines for Quarry House keep pulling up charming B&Bs ... all very highly rated, but no prices showing. Followed by this Wikipedia entry for the same search request. Interesting juxtapositioning... old country charm meets super-bugs. "Superbugs"...
  • Commented on Leading question
    "... USA will impose global laws against money laundering and fraudulent gambling with other people's money, which we know it wants to do but the UK doesn't." The USA has a track record of compelling other nations to sign treaties...
  • Commented on Leading question
    The gnat-drones would mostly be used for surveillance and mapping ... the fighting would be done by humans. First, you'd have to become aware that you've been 'infected', hence why such gnat-drones should be passive/benign or pass for something akin...
  • Commented on Leading question
    How about 2034 is the year of the 'battered class syndrome'? Same symptoms and responses (including legal) as battered spouse/person .. "However, since the victim is not at fault and the violence is internally driven by the abuser's need to...
  • Commented on Leading question
    Okay - maybe the world is not completely insane ... see below. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Investor-state_dispute_settlement Excerpt: "In 2011, the Australian government announced that it would discontinue the practice of seeking inclusion of investor state dispute settlement provisions in trade agreements with developing...
  • Commented on Leading question
    Or, you could use several types of gnat-drones, each designed to perform a different function....
  • Commented on Leading question
    anonemouse & Barry ... thanks Didn't know this ... this (Philip Morris winning a lost-profits lawsuit) is completely insane...I was of the impression that British common law had left that behind sometime around the 16th century: a merchant suing a...
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