Grizzly’s Gamble — Part 3 of 8 (Repost)

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Parts:  One — Two — Three — Four — Five — Six — Seven — Eight Smell, Hearing and TasteWe won’t find any advantages here. Pity poor Man, all domesticated and dumbed down so that his wild senses, if ever he had any good ones, are now blunted and tamed.All the other animals, with their razor-sharp sensory gifts beat us all to hell in this area. Even without the ever-present threat of slinking, silent predators, we seem barely well enough equipped to keep from poisoning ourselves … [Read more...]

Grizzly’s Gamble — Part 2 of 8 (Repost)

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Parts:  One — Two — Three — Four — Five — Six — Seven — Eight … Okay, it never happened.I did stand under the streetlight on that lonely highway, right enough. After hours of waiting, I began to study the darkness around me, projecting my fears into it, and as I began to think more and more of things that might lurk out there, I gradually froze into spooked immobility. Though I never saw or heard the merest evidence that anything was out there, I stood locked in place, imagining … [Read more...]

Grizzly’s Gamble — Part 1 of 8 (Repost)

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Parts:  One — Two — Three — Four — Five — Six — Seven — Eight This is The Lie:Back in my hitchhiking adventure days, I stood one night under a streetlight on a deserted highway outside a city in West Texas, waiting for a car to stop and give me a ride. Waiting, actually, even for a car to come along. Eventually there in the dark, I hadn’t seen one for more than an hour.An overcast sky and the dirty air of civilization killed even the stars overhead. Surrounded by an ocean of … [Read more...]

Earth Day 2014: Thoughts Like Falling Leaves

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[This is a repost of a piece I did several years ago, slightly edited for 2014. This essay is also part of the conceptual force driving my thoughts on the need for Beta Culture.]Leaf OneCon games and sleight-of-hand magic work because, one, we humans only have so much attention to spare at any one moment, and two, they direct that attention deliberately in one direction. If you look at where the finger points, you miss … well, everything else.Like the movie teen backing through a d … [Read more...]

The Dark Side of the Sun

I belong to a couple of Facebook groups on Transhumanism and the Singularity, and I avidly read the articles and posts. But I don't buy into every one of them. Yes, I want fantastic things to happen. Hell, I fully EXPECT fantastic things to happen. But ... a lot of the articles are more about possibilities than realities.  For instance, I think we've been predicting safe, abundant fusion energy -- any time now -- for the past 50 years. I've kinda begun to wonder "What if it just isn't … [Read more...]

Deserts In The Blind Spot

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Driving through Nevada on vacation a week or so back, I had this epiphany about deserts:In the presence of green and wet, we become blind to deserts, in the same way sociopaths are blind to the existence and reality of other people.On the desert highways of Nevada, you'll occasionally see an oasis off in the distance, a green, lush place — maybe a hay farm, or a little spring-fed resort — and you'll think "Wow, that's beautiful." Your eye is drawn to green, and in that drawing, it looks a … [Read more...]


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