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  • Commented on Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!
    These are the kinds of (taboo?) thoughts that enter my mind when I am exposed to such shallow thinking: Progress is a lie. Your life will end in darkness very soon. The universe mocks your puniness. Science and technology will...
  • Commented on Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!
    Yes, those are some good examples of taboo topics, but there are many others. Reread H.P. Lovecraft if you need a reminder of other ideas that are now taboo but were once permissible. I can't say too much on this...
  • Commented on The ticking clock, stopped
    It’s probably already been said, but an elixir vitae seems like it could lead to a dystopian world where older people completely dominate society, having had centuries to master every field, including how to exploit the young. I suppose it’s...
  • Commented on The ticking clock
    For that matter, Hitler and Mussolini were once widely admired for revitalizing their nation's economies. My point is, sociopathy can be productive or destructive depending how it is used; it isn't all bad (assuming you don't define bad as "anything...
  • Commented on The ticking clock
    Well, there are quite a few people in China and Russia that will defend Mao and Stalin for modernizing their countries. But you've chosen the most extreme examples, which I suppose you could do to discredit almost anything you don't...
  • Commented on The ticking clock
    Just to play Devil's Advocate, have you considered the possibility that sociopathy is necessary for the efficient functioning of modern, mass civilization? Aren't sociopaths better adapted to running large organizations than more sentimental neurotypicals?...
  • Commented on The ticking clock
    I agree Harald. In principle, what's the difference between five years and the rest of your life? I think people who try too hard to "change the world" in their final years out of desperation or egotism will probably just...
  • Commented on The ticking clock
    I would write one or more books containing all my best ideas, visions and advice for future generations of humanity, build monuments to myself, start a cult, have children, and anything else I can think of to immortalize myself and...
  • Commented on 2512
    Your scenario is dramatic, but somehow I find it more plausible than Charlie's. Any scenario that doesn't factor in radical game-changers like AI/robotics, catastrophic environmental changes, die-offs, collapses, radical biotechnology and space colonization is perhaps trying a bit too hard...
  • Commented on 2512
    If I were trying to colonize the Gobi desert, I'd probably be thinking: "I'm cut off from civilization, there's nothing here, life is too difficult, this sucks, I'm moving back home". However, if I were a Mars colonist, in addition...
  • Commented on 2512
    Study the history of China; you'll find that humans managed to live like that quite well most of the time. I for one don't find imperial China a particularly attractive model for human civilization going forward......
  • Commented on 2512
    OK, then let’s go further back to the first Americans who came across the land bridge and found an empty continent. Yes, most of the world has been settled for a long time, but not with the technology we have...
  • Commented on 2512
    My question is, what would/will human civilization be like in the absence of a true frontier? If all territory is claimed, under surveillance and developed, wouldn't this create a rather dystopian "prison planet" where there is no place to try...
  • Commented on 2512
    Yes I think such a religion already exists, and it's called Objectivism....
  • Commented on 2512
    Your mention of Hero of Alexandria gave me an idea, which, for lack of a better word, I'll call "Togapunk". Has anyone written stories set in a fictionalized classical world, where the inventions of people like Hero and Archimedes figure...
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