Inserting “Magic” Into the Creation of Life

Left as a comment to this post, and reprinted here as a very short response to this garbage.

I didn’t know there was some “magic” time number (Earth age in years) that these discoveries could bump up against. At most, maybe the Earth is older? Maybe these fossils aren’t as old?

But neither scenario changes the process under which that life was created. And neither scenario requires [POOF!] a designer to be inserted into the life-creation process. Maybe the process itself was simply “fast acting” in the beginning of complex life on Earth, then has slowed over time?

These “Discoveroid” people are just aching to make up some silly little bedtime story about how life started. Why is it that some members of our species has to “insert” some irrational “thing” that “creates”? Sheesh.

Idiocracy and Technology

Left as a comment on this post by the esteemed Doug Hill, author of Not So Fast.

The movie Idiocracy showed people in their recliner chairs, reduced to insignificant blobs of meat that lacked basic intelligence. Everything ordered from the Internet, and all of it was major brand name.

Endless media consumption, medicine vending machines, and Monster truck shows.

Is that where we really want to head?

Sad thing is, most people will read these types of articles and write them off as some “crank” had written them. These people will think that some Luddite is spouting nonsense (not knowing what the Luddites were).

So the brands will win with their normalcy-invading brand advertising. The drones will become a thing because endless, unadulterated “Progress ™” is NECESSARY DANG IT!

The Technological Progress “Prove It” Manifesto (Redux)

This is an article I had written back in 2015, lost it during a transition of my blog, and I have used the Wayback Machine to recover it.  It is republished here … “Redux”:

I’m sick and tired of hearing the same tropes, over and over again, about some part of technological progress…

  • “We’re really close to being able to…”
  • “This breakthrough technology could do…”
  • “This technology has the potential to change the world by doing…”

And on, and on…

This whole manifesto is going to be centered around one (tl; dr) idea … quit talking about it, writing articles about it, getting news media about it etc…

Instead, let’s just see your whiz-bang technology prove it.

And don’t take me for a person who doesn’t keep up with exponential thinking, the possibilities of technology, artificial intelligence, desalination technology etc…

I’m not that person.  I geek out, like most geeks do, when I see the possibilities being offered by technology we can create.

So, when you’re saying that nano-technology will destroy viruses, change the world, or better yet, influence energy production … I want you to prove it.  Quit talking about potential, “in the future” stuff … prove it.  Make it available for everyone to use, not just wealthy people.

Because if you can’t do that, if everybody can’t use your whiz-bang technology right now, today, to do all (not just some) of the things you’re getting marketing, money and media attention for…

Then you’re a bullshit artist, and nothing more.

Re-read from the word “Because” above.  Companies, people, etc… are getting benefits from talking about tech, but not showing everybody the benefits of the usable technology they’re promising.

I don’t care about predictions, articles, rhetoric, “investor related news,” etc… until you can show me results.

I want my nanotechnology, my bio-hacking, my artificial intelligence, and my desalination plants to give water to every single person on this planet.  I want to be able to feed every single person, provide cheap and clean (in terms of output) energy to every person, and not forget to take care of the full inventory of costs associated with this production.

As a fellow human being on this planet, I want all of that potential to exist in my life, right now.


Because you, the person or business entity promoting your whiz-bang technology, are in the media everywhere … telling me what your technology could do, has the potential to do, or that it “will change the world!”.

But until you come to the general market with your technological solution that benefits every single person on this planet … you’ve failed, and miserably.  You can’t eat (or drink) potential, might, could, grok, or even changing the world … until there IS something to consume (again, for everyone, not just the wealthy elite).

Here’s the bottom line (and the reason for this Manifesto)…

We are coming into what will likely be the hardest, most challenging, and resource-depleted decades or centuries our species (Homo-sapiens) has ever experienced.  Climate is changing (partly because of us), the economic conditions are terrible, and people just need a reason … a real reason … to be able to look forward to freedom, relative comfort, and a modest existence.

You, the person or entity responsible for your carnival barking (which includes media that groks on potential tech WAY too soon), your tech is the link between an easier couple of centuries, or a fatalistic couple of centuries.

By promoting, getting excited about, and telling all of us what your whiz-bang technology could do, has the potential to do, etc… you have put yourself in the position and have the responsibility to deliver on all (not just some) of your promises.  Otherwise, you’re just selling a fantasy, and that is completely worthless.

I can get “fantasy” from my science fiction book seller.  What am I going to get from you?

Because you see, we don’t have time (any longer) for empty platitudes and potential. We need technological superheroes to actually deliver the goods, as they say.

Dr. Peter Diamandis (whom I respect greatly) has written in his book titled Abundance (which I recommend) about the need to quit paying attention to negative news.  That the reason we do so, is because of a primal survival instinct from long ago.

Well, Dr. Diamandis, if negative news is what we are paying attention to … you must counter that with overwhelmingly positive news in order to take the attention away from the fear-mongers.

So, part of this manifesto is for you sir, because that positive news cannot be filled with empty promises any longer.  We’ve heard about hover boards and “World Fair” potential long enough.

Now it’s time for you, Dr. Diamandis, and all of your highly skilled “techno-utopians” out there to do one not-so-simple job… prove it.

Three-Dimensional Thinking (Preface)

Over the next few months I will be gently (sporadically and slowly) explicating a concept I call “three-dimensional thinking.”

Here is a very grain-sized 8-million foot overview (not even an overview) of the concept:

1-D thinking = static “Coke or Pepsi” thinking, where someone won’t adjust thinking even when presented with verifiable and reliable evidence.  Note that someone “changing their opinion” versus “adjusting their thinking” is also an idea here.  This type of thinking feels like a rigid event that acts like a “rock” … even in the face of new evidence.

2-D thinking = what people call “critical thinking.”  One idea (of many) here … someone knows and recognizes that they have cognitive biases etc. and will adjust their thinking based on evidence presented. They will adjust their thinking in a “probabilistic” way, and only IF it requires adjusting.  A 2-D thinker acknowledges that thinking and formation of ideas is a constant process, not an event.

3-D thinking = takes 2-D thinking and adds the “depth” dimension.  Here someone is able to take on multiple ideas and explicate the entire interconnected nature of those ideas and their impact on the world (or reality). Someone is also able to adjust thinking on each idea, and the overall “body of ideas” based on evidence, perhaps tested experience, and new modes of “interconnected-ness.”

This might include new ideas that “attach” themselves to the original body (flow) of ideas, or subtract themselves from it (on a constant basis) … AND how that whole body of ideas changes and flows constantly (this is key) etc.

The above is a pixel-sized snapshot of what I will be attempting to explicate.  Keep in mind that I am human, and have not “mastered” this concept in any sense (and always willing to learn).  I don’t think anyone can master thinking, because claiming mastery within a changing flow of information is a static statement.

And that is also a key point, this is an ever-developing, “non-mechanistic,” and very complex topic.  When I begin to outline whom I consider 3-D thinkers from the past, you’ll see what I mean by that.

Anyhow, my overall objective in explication and dissemination this concept of 3-D thinking is I think we all need to work on improving how we think about this uncertain and propaganda-filled world.

I feel that if we don’t, that most of our species will fall prey to the manipulation and control of a rather psychopathic group within Homo-sapiens (NOT some simplistic “elite” or “Illuminati” … but rather a group that constantly changes, and comprises of a complex network of parts, people, groups and places).

While that might sound like some misplaced conspiracy theory … once you remove the media-infused “tin foil hat” imagery from your mind, you’ll begin to discover how the world really works.  (WHICH, by the way, is something I don’t know fully … and I don’t think ANYONE does 100%).

But enough with the “op-ed” part … let’s all improve our thinking together.

The Great Stillness

“The Great Stillness”

To the north, there is a great stillness…

The glaciers have returned, the ice is no longer melting at a rate exponentially accelerated by human-created industry. They are in a state of great stillness, moving forward at a rate similar to tens of thousands of years past.

The non-human animal species of the north have returned at full number. The salmon runs have returned to full capacity, the stillness of the natural environment has a comforting quiet to it now.

The flowers and other plant foliage have also evolved and returned. Now, in the quiet of the Great Stillness, they have flourished and are nourishing the animals and the planet as they once were.

To the west, to the east, to the south … all starting the long process of healing, all returning to normal stasis … as the Great Stillness continues.

If you could see the Great Stillness, it would be unlike anything you’ve ever seen with your own eyes. Even in the most serene natural settings available in 2015, you couldn’t comprehend the natural beauty of the Great Stillness.

Because everything as we know it now has stopped completely … industry, noise, pollution, construction, technology etc…

We don’t know what that stillness feels like, even in our most still areas on the planet in 2015.

We were given the gifts to hear the stillness, but we had to create noise to drown it out. We stare in awe and wonder out our windows, at the possibility we can “get away” from the very noise we created in the first place.

The paradox of the stillness is we crave it, yet we work really hard (in the name of “progress”) to get away from it.

The Great Stillness is the culmination of a series of balancing events we were too prideful to see coming, because we thought all of “this” was created for “us.”

Here is the rough outline of the events leading up to the beginning of The Great Stillness (there is some overlap of course):

2015 – 2150 The Great Resource Depletion and World War III

Not just peak oil, but peak “everything” … water, silicon, metals, all of it. In a fit of corporate greed, noble altruism, environmentalism, alternate energy, technological upheaval, etc… we completely drain the planet of all resources known to humans.

Even solar panels, harnessing the great power of the Sun require energy and resources to create, and we eventually build our last and cannot build any more. The infrastructure for this new energy begins to critically decay close to 2100. All power systems, decentralized homes, etc… cannot persist.

Any sort of fuel (bio or otherwise) is in short supply, because the resources necessary to create fuel (even with cloning technologies we are barely figuring out) begin to run out, permanently.

These processes also prevented us from launching our “missions to Mars” and explorations of other planets to live on. In short, we were limited to what was here.

The changing climate we failed to address because of corporate, political, and some individual greed and ignorance accelerates this resource depletion at an exponential pace we cannot understand.

While this is happening, World War III breaks out. Billions of people (soldiers and civilians) are killed, left starving … and savage damage to an already damaged planetary ecosystem erupts exponentially. The entire planet is scarred; resources are depleted in the name of endless War.

Mini wars ensue, states and Governments start to break down, many of our animal species go extinct … and the human race enters “survival mode” as a whole.

2100 – 2202 World War IV and The Great Realization

In 2108, the last of war-mongering, tyrannical factions has it’s way … and we enter into World War IV.

With limited resources, and in a world similar in appearance to the movie The Road Warrior (from the 1980’s), the people who are left after the last World War begin to fight over what is left. Some smart ones survive, even through this tragedy.

Alas, because of our carelessness as a species in the 21st century, the human gene pool was invaded by the advanced chemicals and “food stuffs” we started to create in response to crisis.

The Great Realization, a period of time between 2150 and 2202, is a magical time in our 210,000 or so years on this planet Earth.

We finally realized that our technology can only take us so far, and the lessons learned from the 21st century taught us that our planet has finite resources. The same natural systems we tried to separate ourselves from proved too complex to re-engineer.

After all, we also realized we were given brains, consciousness, and eyes so we could see, adapt to, and contemplate our environment. We realized we couldn’t live out of harmony with nature, and ourselves.

We couldn’t, until The Great Realization, even begin to understand ourselves and our connection to each other as a whole. And we mistakenly thought we could fully understand and dominate, even re-engineer the complex natural systems that gave birth to our species.

We finally realized that this planet, the only planet we had to live on, wasn’t created “for us.” We realized that we were part of something special already, but from 1850 – 2150, we chose instead to create our technological noise in the failed attempts to claim this speck of dust in the vast Cosmos as ours.

But for about 50 years, without electrical power, without much technology, we finally lived in such harmony. The 350,000 or so left after all of the Wars, famine, destruction, racism, greed and consumption of previous generations, these remaining survivors lived in peace with each other.

And they didn’t end up living as most people in 2015 thought, like primitive savages.

Instead they lived in what was left of the sparse trees and foliage in the North (between what we call Iceland and Alaska in 2015). They foraged, some tried to hunt and farm, some built little homes by the remains of creeks and rivers. Some even tried to rebuild small fragments of technology’s past.

But with limited drinkable water and almost no mineral resources to access and build the technology to desalinate the already acidified oceans … most of our remaining species died in the 30 years between 2150 – 2180.

The last of our species, and some might say the strongest, died peacefully in 2202, their bodies and genetic pools so ravaged by industry and bio-chemical society of centuries past, they could not reproduce.

Homo-sapiens was no more.

2203 – 4014

The Healing and the beginning of The Great Stillness

The two-thousand year period after Homo-sapiens was the beginning of a great healing for the planet.

Robust bacteria, similar to (and perhaps the same as) the type that began life on this planet, survived our time on this planet. So did a few animal species. Plants, bacteria, animals … all beginning life anew.

But the scars the planet suffered would probably take tens of thousands, to even hundreds of thousands of years to completely heal, the eco-sphere fully repaired and re-evolved with species new and old.

Because you see, in 4014 The Great Stillness has just begun.