Sentences (#102)

Glimmers of realism (from Yuval Harari) in The Guardian:

instead of globalisation resulting in prosperity and freedom for all, it might actually result in speciation

(Lopping off the last paragraph sacrifices nothing but formula comforting babble.)

May 28, 2017admin 13 Comments »


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  • Erebus Says:

    I’ve been saying this for years. It’s obvious and inevitable.

    The only real uncertainties lie in which forms this speciation shall take. Will some become more, much more, than human — or will they be reduced? Given how our small-souled elites worship at the altar of GDP, and seem to care nothing for aesthetic pursuits, they may simply become Morlocks!


    Hegemonizing Swarm Reply:

    > I’ve been saying this for years. It’s obvious and inevitable.

    Yes it’s a rehash of thought that has been going around since the 90’s. The only novelty is that it is reaching the Western mainstream.

    > The only real uncertainties lie in which forms this speciation shall take. Will some become more, much more, than human — or will they be reduced?

    On Earth, I expect “superhuman aristocrat” aesthetics ventures into the realm of the hyperreal, supernormal stimuli. Testing the uncanny valley from the other side [A convergence of sexbot and human?]. Cosmetic surgery is already doing this, I’d imagine the same trajectory to continue with genetic manipulation.
    (Aesthetics in the sense of art may get better instead of worse, as it’s returning to a patron system instead of boring committees deciding what to fund. In the past this has worked well.)

    Space is much more interesting in that regard. The adaptations required to be effective in the sparseness of space are removed complete turn from those to be effective on Earth. Being a superhuman socialite won’t help you mine Jupiter’s moons. I’d gladly join the space robot Morlocks though.

    > (Lopping off the last paragraph sacrifices nothing but formula comforting babble.)

    Those final platitudes seem to have achieved the status of a prayer. Think positive thoughts, may the superhuman AI-augmented overlords have mercy on us when we become redundant.


    Posted on May 28th, 2017 at 5:38 am Reply | Quote
  • Brett Stevens Says:

    “Formulaic comforting babble” pretty much summarizes the lugenmedia at this point. Wonder if they have noticed in their personal lives the failure of democracy?


    Posted on May 28th, 2017 at 1:24 pm Reply | Quote
  • Peter Whitaker Says:

    If one percent of the population ends up with ninety percent of the world’s wealth, that is well and good so long as they go on to produce ninety percent of the world’s children. They could if they wanted to, but unfortunately harems have gone out of fashion. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is kind of like a harem, except it’s a dysgenic harem.


    Posted on May 28th, 2017 at 10:23 pm Reply | Quote
  • Lotus Says:

    “Of course, technology is never deterministic. We can use the same technological breakthroughs to create very different kinds of societies and situations. For example, in the 20th century, people could use the technology of the industrial revolution – trains, electricity, radio, telephone – to create communist dictatorships, fascist regimes or liberal democracies.”

    ‘Kek’, as Admin might say.


    G. Eiríksson Reply:

    People have great trouble with the term ‘deterministic.’


    G. Eiríksson Reply:

    The will is a synthetic and not a pure thing. It has to be trained, like a Pokémon; purified like a drug. Made to realise that it does(n’t) exist.


    Posted on May 29th, 2017 at 6:59 pm Reply | Quote
  • G. Eiríksson Says:

    ▬» In his 2009 book The Medea Hypothesis, paleontologist Peter Ward offers a provocative theory of ecology. Motivated by the realisation of climate science that ‘there are indeed situations where life does not better the environment for itself but in fact makes things worse’, Ward takes the idea to its radical conclusion. Geologically, he notes, the catastrophes that now loom over us are hardly novel. Mass extinctions wrack the history of the planet; destruction has sprung from every step of evolution, every killing-machine it has created. Far from being a stable system of vital equilibrium, in fact, the biosphere is an ocean of aggressive algorithms, a seething orgy of death that threatens at every moment to overwhelm the fragile suspension in which it is contained. The Greek figure who best characterises our planetary ecosystem is not Gaia, then, the watchful mother-goddess. It is Medea, the wife of Jason who killed her children to repay his betrayal. Zero is immense, and the Earth suffers not its offspring. »

    The missing homeostat


    G. Eiríksson Reply:

    Yet the earth is covered in life. Easily seen why this “goddess” is not included on the mount Olympus, i.e. in the elect that rules the other gods.

    ▬» An extremophile (from Latin extremus meaning “extreme” and Greek philiā (φιλία) meaning “love”) is an organism that thrives in physically or geochemically extreme conditions that are detrimental to most life on Earth.[1][2] »

    I thought, “Death reigns supreme” too, when I was about 20. lol

    Letting the imagination run wild does not equate working on the processes that actually secure the propagation of the technology of civilization.


    G. Eiríksson Reply:

    Or, quite rather say, Letting the imagination run wild does not necessarily equate working on the processes that actually secure the propagation of the technology of civilization.

    Anyone can conjure up ghosts, altho few were as successful as Marx. Ghosts here meaning bad ideas—inferior gods or idols.

    No, the valorisation of Death over Life is an artifact of the Ruinous Powers.

    A morbid fascination of the teenage-brained.

    And various Southern cults.


    Posted on May 30th, 2017 at 4:01 am Reply | Quote
  • G. Eiríksson Says:

    ▬» Fun fact: I’m White. » Youtube-feminist Laci Green, ca. 2015.

    The 20th-century saw the popularisation of the concept ‘Race’. In the 21st it went into hyperdrive. “Little” do they know, but so-called anti-Racists might be doing up to as much, if not more work, in securing the existence of racism (i.e. consciousness and discourse about race) than upfront racists.

    Self-proclaimed Anti-Racists are often, if not typically, or usually, big racists themselves — with varieties of upfrontness, i.e. varieties of self-consciousness about it or admittance. Some were, and thus we infer, are, relatively secret racists, such as anti-Japanese or anti-White racists, caught on “tape,” later; while many are documented to talk from racial consciousness multiple times in their own videos or publications, relatively self-consciously, directedly or upfront.


    G. Eiríksson Reply:

    lol, just saw this ▬» “The goal of Asian American activism should be defeating white supremacy, not gaining access to it.”

    Let’s be realistic here. This is not agreed upon at all in the Asian American community as our goal. There are a lot of Asian Americans whose primary resentment of racism is that they don’t have full access to white privilege. I’d reckon if a genie magically gave Asian Americans full privilege, you’d see half the people on this very sub be no longer interested in activism. »


    G. Eiríksson Reply:

    S.C. Hickman is apparently picking up on the same RFID chips.

    ▬» In the era of Freud sex and sexism were pervasive to the point that psychoanalysis was the therapy for every aspect of sexual perversion: narcissism to hysteria and … and….
    In our era a new Freud will arise, but instead of sex and sexism it will promote race and racism as the disease of our time: new therapies will arise, be discussed, debated, then praxis formed to modify, modulate, and eliminate the disease of racial perversion.
    Is this the new religion of the Left? Instead of Marcuse and Brown on sexual liberation, we will see new books on racial liberation? Curing resentment and the malignant hatred of group for group, class for class under the banner of race has become both the disease and politics of our age. Instead of Psychoanalysis we will see emerge Racialanalysis as the new pathway of hypernormalization and exclusion/inclusion, disease/cure.
    Where is our J.G. Ballard to record this in hyperrealist terms as pure Satire with a straight face? »


    Posted on June 3rd, 2017 at 4:51 am Reply | Quote

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