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May. 6th, 2004 | 01:30 am

I've been working too much, I've also managed to actually register for a class at Caltech, which also increases my workload.

Though I enjoy the work, I do feel a bit alienated from others as when I move further away from the larger culture I have an increasingly difficult time feeling connected to others.

Though admittedly the gene that I'm doing research on ASPM is A major determinant of cerebral cortical size is something many people might find interesting. Though my temptation to at least fantasize about making other animals smarter I suspect would disturb many.

More realistically I can see how to use some of the software we've developed at work to do novel science.

Though for some reason this makes me feel nervous.

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from: irilyth
date: May. 6th, 2004 01:06 pm (UTC)

It's hard to be a scientist and a technophobe at the same time. :^) You aren't really a technophobe, but a lot of the doomsayers who share your political views are. If only the world were limited to a few thousand hunter gatherers, things would be so much better! But there isn't a lot of time for science when you're hunting and gathering for a living.

Anyway, anyone who's read David Brin shouldn't be too alarmed by the prospect of increasing animals' intelligence.

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from: alienghic
date: May. 6th, 2004 02:02 pm (UTC)

Yeah I don't really fit. I disagree with the anti-technology types who want undo industrial civilization, yet I also disagree with the extropians/transhumanists who think that technology is the magical panacea that will solve everything.

I personally like the transhumanist idea of self-improvement through technological advancements, but am concerned about forcing them on others.

Though I suppose creating intellegent life might fall under that category, but well, the more perspectives there are floating around to try and resolve problems the better the chances of coming up with a solution.

Could we keep letting all of our agricultural waste continue to produce those large dead zones in the oceans if the dolphins could form political action groups (with the inevetable frustrated violent revolutionaries) to demand that we clean up after ourselves?

Mostly I think I find the uplifted world more interesting.

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