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The End-of-Everything Watchdogs

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It's good to know these guys are on the watchtower:

bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/20/the-lifeboat-foundation-battling-asteroids-nanobots-and-a-i/ 

The money that Google and Sun Microsystems are giving show they are troubled, too:  Google gave $450 to the organization.

And I take the point that chairman Eric Klein makes:

“I also realized that there is no sign of intelligent life out there in the universe. You wonder what happened to all those intelligent civilizations, and one of my potential theories is they all self-destruct. I think it is a data point that is hard to skip over.”

I myself do not skip over that data point. I have always thought that the enemy is not out there but right here. And ib that connection I can suggest that aluminum, in triangular or pyramidal form, might be considered when designing the Personality Preserver. Mine has protected me for years.

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crowleycrow
Jul. 21st, 2010 11:14 am (UTC)
"Potential theories" is a useful formulation too. I just noticed that.
thatmakesmemad
Jul. 21st, 2010 11:36 am (UTC)
I'm sticking with cryogenics so when the aliens reach earth they will be able to revive me :D
We're currently down to the last handful of people who fought in World War 1 and it's depressing to think that one day we will be down to the last few people who saw the moon landings. Eventually it will no doubt be discounted as a myth :( .
walkingscarlet_
Jul. 21st, 2010 12:09 pm (UTC)
I'm 33 and I already see the moon landing as an age gone by. My generation has contributed computer games that make the moon-landing seem boring. We'll be lucky if there's even a moon-landing myth!
vakratunda
Jul. 21st, 2010 01:00 pm (UTC)
Yay us!

There's none like us!

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(Anonymous)
Jul. 21st, 2010 12:47 pm (UTC)
Who's watching the watchdogs? Nano shields as personality preservers? "Excuse me sir, but are you experiencing a breach of personality..." Why not just polish up a few suits of armor and have done with it. In days of old when knights were bold and maidens lost their heads.
vakratunda
Jul. 21st, 2010 12:59 pm (UTC)
I particularly admire the conical aluminum hats.

The nice tall ones.

The three cornered ones are far too gaudy.

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vakratunda
Jul. 21st, 2010 01:02 pm (UTC)
Hold On One Minute
I thought the Jehovah's Witnesses were on the watchtower.

What did these people do with the JW's?

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crowleycrow
Jul. 21st, 2010 01:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Hold On One Minute
The JWs have their own watchtower. It's facing the other direction.
joculum
Jul. 21st, 2010 05:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Hold On One Minute
Then there's the one where princes keep the view while all the women come and go (barefoot servants too). Said the joker to the thief.

There is still too much confusion, IMHO.
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vinnie_tesla
Jul. 21st, 2010 02:12 pm (UTC)
$450? I didn't know Google could count that low.
rogerdr
Jul. 21st, 2010 02:49 pm (UTC)
The answer to appropriate head-ware was found by Devo many years ago. These people are going in a totally wrong direction.
dragowicz
Jul. 21st, 2010 03:19 pm (UTC)
Check out the Lifeboat Foundation website for a bizarre and slightly unnerving experience.
randy_byers
Jul. 21st, 2010 03:22 pm (UTC)
Papist nonsense! Aluminum won't help you at all. Nothing but tin foil will.
(Anonymous)
Jul. 21st, 2010 03:43 pm (UTC)
isn't tin foil made out of aluminum?
randy_byers
Jul. 21st, 2010 03:46 pm (UTC)
That's what they want you to believe.
rogerdr
Jul. 21st, 2010 05:32 pm (UTC)
Tin foil is made out of tin.
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crowleycrow
Jul. 21st, 2010 04:06 pm (UTC)
Ah how interesting: in my lifetime "tinfoil" turned into "aluminum foil" without people my age consistently changing the name. It remained "tinfoil" no matter what it was made of. (Same as "icebox" after that cabinet turned into a refrigerator.) Now I've been wearing this damn aluminum hat all this time thinking was made of tinfoil. I'm sunk!
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al_zorra
Jul. 21st, 2010 05:08 pm (UTC)
"I have always thought that the enemy is not out there but right here."

As many have observed through the ages of Christianity, death is the release from living in hell.

Love, C.
joculum
Jul. 21st, 2010 05:10 pm (UTC)
Anyone who would buy a Personality Preserver neglects the fact that the worst personality destroyer is, in fact, aluminum (if that Alzheimer's theory is correct...I gave up on aluminum cookware years ago as a result of it).

I still like the theory (and it isn't mine, nor the occultists') that we don't see intelligent life in the universe because we don't know where or how to look for anything that didn't follow the same course of evolution that we did.

Eric Klein, of course, overlooks the fact that he isn't any more likely than anybody else to discern the real hazards that will inevitably come.

The statistically improbable gets us every time, though sometimes the statistically probable is enough. I've been re-reading Czeslaw Milosz's account of how everybody with any common sense in Poland between the wars knew that Europe was fated for complete catastrophe within their lifetimes...and responded by burrowing ever more deeply into their meaningless jobs at Polish Radio, polishing further the practice of the avant-garde theatre, or spending 1939 looking for the perfect apartment.

Maybe they should have been devising Personality Protectors.

Edited at 2010-07-21 05:12 pm (UTC)
rogerdr
Jul. 21st, 2010 05:34 pm (UTC)
I think the Mad Hatter might have an argument against that, but point taken.
joculum
Jul. 21st, 2010 05:47 pm (UTC)
I'm missing the joke, or you missed mine. Remind me why the mercury-poisoned Mad Hatter (a real one, not Lewis Carroll's) would argue that refraining from ingesting aluminum doesn't help. Or being aware that we are hit by the statistically improbable more often than we think and clueless when we ought not to be doesn't help. Or at least that such awareness would help a great deal more than wearing any kind of Personality Protector would.

I know I'm being dense. But I don't get the joke. And this bothers me.
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crowleycrow
Jul. 21st, 2010 05:59 pm (UTC)
Beautiful.
(Anonymous)
Jul. 23rd, 2010 03:30 pm (UTC)
"[W]e don't see intelligent life in the universe because we don't know where or how to look for anything that didn't follow the same course of evolution that we did."

Also applicable to cetaceans and cephalopods? RC
crowleycrow
Jul. 23rd, 2010 04:03 pm (UTC)
I've always thought that intelligent life developing in an extraterrestrial ocean would be undetectable by us. It wouldn't put out the radio waves that the SETI people believe MUST be produced by any highly developed intelligent species.

Also -- intelligence evolving under permanent cloud cover, being unable to see and entirely uninterested in What's Out There. To say nothing of intelligence arriving at Zen renunciation before evolving its first engineer. I think the SETI people can;t really imagine that intelligent life need not produce engineers.
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(Anonymous)
Jul. 21st, 2010 08:58 pm (UTC)
From the NYT article: “basically a Web site that raises money for various things.”

Well that certainly tells me all I need to know. To whom shall I address my check?

walkingscarlet wrote: "We'll be lucky if there's even a moon-landing myth!"

How sadly likely. Already the marvelous feats of yore are losing meaning when millions seldom leave their houses. What's so impressive about the Hoover Dam? I can build whole civilizations in my computer. Who's Neil Armstrong? He's certainly no Leroy Jenkins.

joculum wrote: "Czeslaw Milosz's account of how everybody with any common sense in Poland between the wars knew that Europe was fated for complete catastrophe within their lifetimes...and responded by burrowing ever more deeply into their meaningless jobs at Polish Radio, polishing further the practice of the avant-garde theatre, or spending 1939 looking for the perfect apartment."

And maybe this explains all those shut-ins playing video games, and watching reality tv about swapping houses and spouses. Not that we feel fated for catastrophe in our lifetimes, of course.
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