From: Tom McCabe (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sun Aug 19 2007 - 22:38:58 MDT
Oops- didn't see the List Sniping reminders until I
--- Samantha Atkins <email@example.com> wrote:
> On 8/15/07, Tom McCabe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > First of all, a recession does not qualify as a
> > dystopia. We've been through much worse, even in
> > past hundred years. The "rise of Islam" in Europe
> is a
> > non-issue.
> A sufficient economic collapse can well qualify as a
> dystopia especially in
> its aftermath of conflict at home and abroad. The
> danger from Peak Oil are
> in my opinion the most pernicious at this time. One
> day soon the world at
> large will realize its energy supply is in much more
> perilous shape than it
> has been led to believe. Many of the US recent
> actions around the world
> make little sense unless you assume Peak Oil is real
> and that much of the
> leadership knows it. The Energy Wars that will
> likely result will be quite
> dangerous for all our dreams.
> Secondly, the general public's attitude is currently
> > non-issue. The vast majority of people are
> > scientifically illiterate, and probably would not
> > understand the implications surrounding the
> > Singularity, even if you explained it to them in
> > detail.
> That the general publy is scientifically illiterate
> was not such good news
> for stem cell research. If we are lucky AGI will
> not enter the public and
> political consciousness before it is too late.
> If the world becomes sufficiently inflamed I doubt
> very much that we are
> going to manage to save it all by somehow creating a
> massively FAI as we
> burn. A certain minimum amount of stability and
> freedom is essential.
> - samantha
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