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pat omalley
Posted over 1 year ago
If the cure for mortality is found within your lifetime, would you go for it and become immortal?
I was kinda with you until you hit the 'only children can' thing. Actually, humans kind of 'evolve' in spurts. We are not in a big push right now, we are fine tuning what we have. Last big push was probably from 1860-1906. Everything we have today grew out of things developed then. Heck, one of the reasons I am so bored is that there hasn't been any really 'new' music in about thirty years, no really 'new' literary or visual outputs. Human phenotype hasn't changed in thousands of years, we are just better at keeping healthy what was healthy and preventing what isn't healthy so we are taller and live longer. Better diet, medicine. You could say the average person is more intelligent but 17th century man had access in his lifetime to the amount of data you consume in a day. Access to more of anything does not equal evolution.
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pat omalley
Posted over 1 year ago
If the cure for mortality is found within your lifetime, would you go for it and become immortal?
God, no! I'm only 57 and already dusting with the t-shirt! Bored out of my gourd. I used to tell an elderly friend of mine when I was in my thirties how exciting it must have been to start life cooking on a wood stove and end it microwaving her dinner, from driving the horses into town to deliver the milk to driving across the state in a car. The changes she had seen, I then thought, were so dramatic. Well, I came home from the hospital in a car (no car seat, just a lap) and will go to hospice in a car (with seat belts.) I watched Ding Dong School while drinking my Bosco's and now I watch Reatime and drink bottled water. I played with my Suzy Homemaker kitchen and now I clean my Jenn-Aire kitchen. I watched the Vietnam war over dinner as a school kid and watch the Afghanistan thing (did we declare war? We never did in Vietnam but we call it one. Oh, well.) over dinner tonight. The more things change (don't have to wait a few days to see my letter to in the paper - here it is online!) the more they stay the same. Bored, I tell you! And you want to give me immortality? Are you nuts?! Plus, the world is already so stinking crowded that the animals are disappearing, either into barns or zoos, and they had to build an app to show you where the sky is dark enough to view the stars. Nope. I'll take my three score and ten (70 for those of you bad at math) and that'll do me just fine. Oh, basic BAD assumption - dying from old age is part of the design thus VERY natural. Telomeres and various enzymes that cease to be produced generate aging. In all things. Even the Sequoya has an expiration date (though due to outgrowing its root ball.) Yes, they may have just killed a 567 year old clam but that doesn't mean the clam wouldn't have eventually stopped growing and begun dying. Whether the FSM wrote the rules or they generated on their own, it is one of the basic rules. All forces have a balancing counterforce. Expansion and contracture, order and chaos. Life and Death.
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pat omalley
Posted over 1 year ago
Is having a social class inevitable?
Fall of the USSR: Waging an invasion of Afghanistan to gain direct path to the Gulf, the Kremlin kept it a secret, telling the families of men dead there that they had had 'training accidents'. Military commanders of units within the USSR could not get access to materials nor pay their troops as resources were directed to Afghanistan. Meanwhile, TV was doing two amazing things: Christine Amapour was reporting on the Afghanistan situation for CNN and Dallas was a hot ticket around the globe. There was a severe shortage of soap so people were receiving 'gifts' of soap from Hungary; in the bars of soap, film removed from VCR cassettes that contained episodes of Dallas for the first hour and the reports from CNN at the end. After viewing a few feet of Dallas, the tapes were ignored, received in the USSR, reloaded into cassettes to be passed around which triggered a double edged anger. One. the average citizen wasn't stupid and knew the US didn't live like JR BUT the commercials! Grocery stores, used car lots, competing brands! Two. Mothers and grandmothers and generals now knew where all those dead soldiers (and the gear and resources) were really spent. So you have a three pronged protest: generals driving tanks to the White House, grandmothers protesting in the Square and housewives protesting everywhere. So, for all those folks who like to credit Reagan, the real credit goes to two things: the invention of the VCR and the theft of soap ingredients by 'happy socialist communist workers'. Lincoln story: Lincoln is enroute to a fundraiser during a downpour. As his carriage passes down the muddy lane, he hears squealing and screaming getting louder and louder. The carriage passes a pig stuck under a fence and about to drown in the mud. Lincoln stops the carriage, removes his coat and shoes and releases the pig. He apologizes to his audience for the delay saying he couldn't stand listening to the pig any longer. Enlightened self-interest.
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pat omalley
Posted over 1 year ago
Is having a social class inevitable?
Much as we disparage the thought, we are animals. All mammals have social order, whether we are talking the alpha/ beta/ gamma/ omega/ pariah of wild wolves or the loose colony structure of feral domestic shorthair cats. There is always someone who wants to be top dog. There are always members who want to improve their social standing and members who want to 'drop out'. If we removed the issues of poor mental and physical health and made all humans phenotypically equal, there would still be strivers and loafers. Add to this that all species of animals are 'programmed' genetically for xenophobia (while it means fear of the strange, it actually works out to more of a 'drawn to the like') thus us and them mentality is hardwired into animals to preserve species and reduce hybridization rates. You always have individuals who 'lack' the genes or whose coding reverses the desire so that there is a craving for the exotic but it is uncommon. Us is not them. Some of the posters have confused 'communism' with 'socialism'. One is political, one is economic and there are few purely socialist countries. Invariably, even where the political entity enforces an economic system (USSR or USA), you wind up with a mixed bag. The USSR fell, in part, because they couldn't make soap. The workers would steal the ingredients for home made products to be sold by individuals to individuals on the black (very capitalistic) market. Individuals like to believe they have some control over their own destiny. Altruism is rare. Look up the Lincoln Is Late Due to a Pig in the Mud story. Charitable giving and acts are almost always done because the doer achieves some level of satisfaction from the giving. Remove all incentive for achievement, all personal involvement in 'doing good' and you wind up in a society that can't make soap. You can preach all you want about tides and boats but most folks will still trust their own oars best.