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Mar. 14th, 2006 | 01:27 am

A few days ago I read some depressing article on alternet about how some high ranking british military type was describing that increasing numbers of wars of the near future will be fought over declining resources. We're rapidly depleting agriculture and water resources, and global climate chaos is going to further weaken our ability to feed humanity.

Tonight I've worked my way through some of accelerando, charles stross' book about a future where the singularity happens.

Kicking around in the back of my head is the idea that both things will happen, the ecosystem will crash while the singularity burns through the remains of carbon based life and transforms everything into computonium.

This version kind of reminds me of one the first terrestrial singularities, back when a handful of bacteria figured out photosynthesis and trashed the ecosystem by filling the atmosphere with a deadly toxin (oxygen).

Descendants of the anaerobic bacteria are still with us, but they live off in the margins of the oxygenated world. I have a hunch that the future will look like that as well, most everything interesting will be happening as computation, while traditional organic life struggles to live off in the crevices.

(I sure make a funny green party member).
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[you'll find a light, find a friend, find a way]

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from: artemii
date: Mar. 14th, 2006 07:16 pm (UTC)
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have you read vandana shiva's water wars?

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Mar. 15th, 2006 04:01 am (UTC)
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No I hadn't.

I'm not surprised though, I read somewhere that one of the capitals of a smaller middle easter country may need to be abandoned because they've run out of water.

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Dilinger

I think I should just stop paying attention

from: dilinger
date: Mar. 14th, 2006 08:05 pm (UTC)
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and play more games. I think I will be happier when the end comes.

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Diane Trout

Re: I think I should just stop paying attention

from: alienghic
date: Mar. 15th, 2006 03:59 am (UTC)
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Yeah, but the honorable course is to try to change the course of the systems that are drowning us.

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Dilinger

Honorable?

from: dilinger
date: Mar. 16th, 2006 02:44 pm (UTC)
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honorable

adj 1: not disposed to cheat or defraud; not deceptive or fraudulent; "honest lawyers"; "honest reporting"; "an honest wage"; "honest weight" [syn: honest] [ant: dishonest] 2: showing or characterized by honor and integrity; "an honorable man"; "led an honorable life"; "honorable service to his country" [syn: honourable] [ant: dishonorable] 3: used as a title of respect; "my honorable colleague"; "our worthy commanding officer" [syn: honourable] 4: adhering to ethical and moral principles; "it seems ethical and right"; "followed the only honorable course of action"; "had the moral courage to stand alone" [syn: ethical, honourable, moral] 5: deserving of esteem and respect; "all respectable companies give guarantees"; "ruined the family's good name" [syn: estimable, good, respectable]


Unforntunately I expect what is needed to change the system is more on the lines of Thomas Jefferson.

What country before ever existed a century & half without a rebellion? & what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon & pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants. It is its natural manure.

Something tells me the winners get to decide what is honorable. I find no honor in the current adminstration, nor the republicans at large nor the christians who would give thier souls just to deny Ben and Bob from getting married. Church and state don't mix, and I don't see who or how it can be untwined.

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Dilinger

Re: Honorable?

from: dilinger
date: Mar. 16th, 2006 02:46 pm (UTC)
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Following this line of thought, how do we ensure our history books tell the future about this dark time.

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Pope Salmon the Lesser Mungojelly

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from: mungojelly
date: Mar. 19th, 2006 03:30 pm (UTC)
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What do you think of moving all the computonium to Mars and making Earth a biopreserve? That's my medium-term plan so far. Of course in a few years we should understand biology a lot better, and that might help point us in the right direction. It just seems to me like if we burn through this planet and then we find out that living planets are really rare in the universe, we'll be bummed that we trashed this one. We should keep it in some sort of order, if only as a souveneir, a museum. It'll be economically meaningless anyway once we know how to gobble gas giants, right? <3

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Mar. 30th, 2006 12:34 am (UTC)
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What do you think of moving all the computonium to Mars and making Earth a biopreserve

I think that's the right thing to do, I'm just periodically doubtful that we'd pull things together fast enough that there'll still be much organic ecosystem left to protect.

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Pope Salmon the Lesser Mungojelly

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from: mungojelly
date: Apr. 15th, 2006 12:32 pm (UTC)
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Well, it is up to us. We're the ones we've been waiting for. I think we can do whatever we want, it's just a matter of grabbing the rudder and steering the ship. What would make it possible? A tremendous increase in investment in space technologies & space exploration, right? So, let's do it. We'll focus more on space, while also working on preserving this planet through the chaos of the next few decades. We're smart and we're all working together and I think we can swing this thing. <3

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