I can see it all now; brains uploaded onto a chip and into a machine built by a machine that was built by a man. A man who may have had too much to drink the night before and ooopsie! Oh, well, mistakes happen. Then downloaded into another machine built by a machine that was programmed by the guy who appears normal on the surface, but secretly likes to test the boundaries and see what he can get away with, or the newly graduated student of We Churn ‘em out Quick and Charge a Bundle University who relied on her classmates to carry her through. She can’t add without a calculator and removing both of her Reeboks, but hey, who notices nowadays?
And there you are in all your undead glory, stuffed into a computerized machine that only needs minimal upkeep every now and then; a change of oil, bit of grease, new filter, and away you go for another year or so. You can hit ‘pause’ and take a break, but you’d better remember to set the timer or you’re asleep indefinitely. Aaaahhhhh, but we will be sentient machines you say. Uh huh.
A soft, humanlike machine is still a machine. Thoughts may be recorded on a chip, but not as anything remotely resembling the soul that uttered them.
So, I really hate to break it to those who think that they are destined to live forever in a body of their own design, but anything that man makes is imperfect because man is imperfect. The glorious future that you envision of everlasting man-made life encased in a shell of materials designed to host circuits and computer chips is not a viable reality. There will be no consciousness in that soulless vehicle. At least not one that can be recognized. And if by some miracle your spirit could be entrapped in a mortal boundary created by toddlers weaned off Windows 8, that would be everlasting life in hell, and nothing to really look forward to.
We’ve already got kids running around with blue hair and pink tattoos, and so much metal attached to their bodies that if a magnet is anywhere near their vicinity, they stand a good chance of flying through the air to meet it. So, it’s not a big stretch. Man melds with machine. Man becomes machine. Man makes it all up and can become anything he wants. Only it will never be without flaws. Ever.
I can see it now… It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a…. what in the hell is that, anyway? Oh! Not to worry, it’s just Fred down the road. He wanted to increase his sex drive and thought some rabbit DNA would fit the bill so he got some transgenes injected into his artificial body and not only can he hump like a bunny now without Viagra, but sports a nice tail, a few extra whiskers, and his ears are a tad long. Too bad he can’t feel anything from the waist down without taking 34 pills a day to keep his artificial nervous system functioning at 85% of normal…
Aaaaahhh, transhumanism and life without boundaries. Well, almost…
©2016 Barbara H. Peterson
I have, not only the right, but the moral duty to rob you.
Barbara H. Peterson
First they came for the Indians…
I cried today. I cried because what we think of as ‘America the Land of the Free’ is really ‘America the Land of the Governed,’ founded on theft and robbery.
In their arrogance, government officials spout rhetoric about how Indians (the indigenous/native people of the land) should integrate into American society. They compare them to immigrants and boldly state that it is they who are supposed to fit in and learn American ways in order to become citizens. But who is the immigrant? Who came here in ships, declaring the land ‘theirs’? Foreigners. Those who believed the dictates of Manifest Destiny and thought that because of their ‘Christian’ beliefs they had a right to the land and the indigenous people were unworthy to own that land because they did not subscribe to the correct religion. Their justification for the theft was called the Doctrine of Discovery:
“The “doctrine of discovery” claimed that any Christian European discovery of territory held by non-believers gave Christians title to the land…
Using the Doctrine of Discovery, referred to as pre-emption in colonial times, the colonists claimed that they held title to all Indian land and that the Indians only had the right to occupy the land. Should Indians decide to sell their land, they could only sell it to the colonial conquerors.” (Humboldt State University)
The natives of the coveted land were re-named Indians, labeled savages, degenerates, sub-human, and therefore deserved whatever ill treatment they received at the hands of the invaders, including theft of their land and subjugation of the people. It was the ‘moral duty’ of those who came in contact with these ‘savages’ to ‘save’ them, so whatever suffering was inflicted on them, they brought on themselves. Like the abusive spouse blaming his/her partner for each and every blow inflicted, shouting “You made me do it. It’s your fault that I am forced to treat you this way. If you weren’t the way you are, I would not have to do this.” Read the rest of this entry »
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Open Letter to the Director General of the BBC and the former Defra (Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs) Minister Lord de Mauley
Lord Hall & Lord de Mauley: Monsanto’s own long term studies in rats in 1990 showed an increased risk of cataracts following exposure to Roundup®: why are you protecting Monsanto?
Annual rates of admission for cataract surgery in England rose 10‐fold from 1968 to 2003. A 2016 study by the WHO: ‘A global assessment of the burden of disease from environmental risks’ says that cataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide. Anthony Samsel is the US scientist who obtained Monsanto’s early studies under FOI from the US EPA which showed that Monsanto (and the US EPA) knew that glyphosate caused cancer but concealed it. He said: “Forty years of glyphosate exposure have provided a living laboratory where humans are the guinea pigs.” Read the rest of this entry »
If you’re ready to take the energy efficiency of your home to the next level and save even more money on your utility bills, consider replacing the conventional appliances in your home with solar powered appliances. After all, your home appliances account for the vast majority of your energy consumption and are therefore responsible for much of your home utility costs.
Conventional energy sources are nonrenewable, derived from sources like coal, fossil fuels, petroleum, or natural gas. These sources of energy are bad for the environment, because when they’re burned, they release harmful pollutants into the environment. They are also unsustainable, meaning they are bound to run out in time.
In comparison, sustainable energy sourced from the sun is unlimited, clean, and essentially free, providing the perfect alternative to homeowners and business owners. Home solar systems are not the only option when it comes to making the switch to solar energy. Many energy efficient appliances are now designed to run entirely on the energy provided by the sun. Read the rest of this entry »