People, I think, have been beyond trained, coded to not anticipate change; to think that change is implausible, like almost weened off like we’ve had the revolution ‘bred’ out of us.
Our primary desires are incessantly stimulated to keep us basic consumers; our basic fundamental desires overly stimulated. The problems that we have like recently in london … We have a generation of people that have been accidentally marketed to. Because marketing is all pervasive, they are marketed products that they can’t afford, can’t ever hope to acquire. They believe that the only way they can achieve happiness is with the acquisition of these products that they can’t afford. They see them out there, they see people living that life. So they have that lifestyle beamed incessantly into their minds through media… The nihilism - it was about nothing. This was not Paris, this was not Prauge 1968, this is not people sort of rising up against the tyranny that they should be rejecting, but just like ” ah fuckin hell GIVE ME AN XBOX!”
Its not just London. Take the uprising in Libya for example. Don’t get me wrong, the uprising was great and much needed, but the only reason it happened was because they saw the rest of the world with superficial non-corrupt and equal governments and all the peoples’ useless consumerist memorabilia. They saw something they didn’t have and they wanted it. Its a childish reaction.
If a baby sees something lying on the floor that doesn’t have much interest to them, they ignore it. If they see another baby with that toy or playing with it, they all of a sudden have to have it. I think it comes down to, oh you have that? There must be some reason you have it so I want it too. Its a chain reaction that starts at the mass marketing. Commercials aren’t real people yet people see them and act as if they are; wanting and desiring the things they see other people have and “enjoying” in commercials.
That’s the problem with marketing, its all a matter of getting people to buy stuff they don’t fucking need and sadly this is a lot easier to do than it sounds.
Oh my god and Daniel Pinchbeck’s response to Russel is just great. There is no correct model for humanity to desire. You can dream up utopia and the perfect government but unless there is a model for it, there will be no progression toward it. People have to see it happening to believe it will work. I’ve ALWAYS dreamed about creating a small utopian government and society on a small island as a idealistic model for society. It sounds totalitarian but believe me it would be democratic. I’ll elaborate in a future post I suppose. I wanna get back to finishing the vid….
Capitalism requires more and more things being turned into money; being turned into profit. But that’s kinda now reached this absurd limit where there’s nothing left to turn into money. So at that point the capitalist system is breaking down I think what we’re ultimately going to recognize is capitalism is an immature and transitional system.
Now that capitalism has reached the limit, its branching into politics and things we don’t necessarily want purified down to a single solitary monetary thing. We don’t want the governing of our nation to be boiled down to who or what policy has the most monetary support but that’s what it has turned into unfortunately, and it needs to be changed.
Yeah the vid is moving so fast and theres just so much I’d like to comment on, but really you just need to watch it for yourself. SO many good ideas and true points touched upon.
Great video which presents a great concept. The world’s population won’t continue growing as it has been in the past. This is an example of a logistic growth trend. Right now we are exhibiting more of an exponential growth, but due to inevitable limiting factors, our growth will decline and the population will slowly approach the earth’s carrying capacity for humans.
What does this mean though? Lots of people will die and resources will be scarce. Take a population of rats for instance. They reproduce nearly exponentially until their population rises over their environment’s carrying capacity at which point the population takes a nose dive down past the carrying capacity. Once the population and environmental resources stabilize, the process begins again, starting a little higher up than before. This is an example of damped oscillatory motion where the population goes up and down around the carrying capacity, slowly converging on it over time.
In terms of humans, the carrying capacity can increase over time with genetically modified foods, and possibly colonization of mars, but it is never infinite. Once we overstep our population bounds (if we haven’t done so already) the population growth will decline and go negative (More deaths than births).
tl;dr: This means widespread poverty and war and death. A modern day noah’s flood if you will.
The only way around this catastrophic resource scarcity is for the population to realize this inevitability and take action against it. This means population control, convergence and resource pooling as a human race (to up the carrying capacity of the world), or expansion to new worlds (the best solution but also the craziest).
Population control is pretty straightforward but most people will be against it as it goes against millions/billions of years of evolution (and evolution itself at its most basic rules). But sooner or later if population control isn’t enacted there will not be enough resources for people’s newborns to grow and they will die. The younger you are the more prone you are to malnutrition, disease, and death in general.
Convergence as a human race is probably one of the best things we can do that hasn’t already been done. Coming together as a conscious species is the ultimate form of evolution. If we could all peacefully pool all of our resources and spread them unselfishly from those with excess to those in need, we could easily multiply the carrying capacity of the world to great effect. Also, taking into consideration world-wide policies and regulation, if done unselfishly, scientifically, and correctly (this will be a challenge) we could raise food production and create sustainable lifestyles throughout the world to combat our self destruction.
Lastly, expansion to new worlds. I fear that the world does not give this possibility enough merit. With science and sustainable living we could populate space and expand our environment. Eventually we could discover ways of colonizing Mars and maybe even other solar systems. Technically they would be new populations and over time would evolve into possibly new sub species but it would continue the survival of humans.
So that about sums it up. :) Do your part for your children and for your species!
Rossi has claimed that the device will output six times as much energy as it consumes. If it fails to perform, Rossi will not get paid and the customer will doubtless remain anonymous to avoid the inevitable bad publicity. If it succeeds, the customer might reveal itself to take credit for financing the biggest breakthrough in energy production of the modern era.
Sounds suspect but if it works it will truly be revolutionary.
This is cool, but what good is it? What does it DO or PROVE? I can’t find an answer even in the research paper.
What would really be cool would be a complete simulation of the growth and development of a human/brain using a DNA sample as the only input parameters. That would require a ginormous computer much larger than this one, but if done it could tell us SO MUCH about how we work.
Directly out of Stephen Wolfram’s “A New Kind of Science”
They draw the relation of massive parallel computing to a brain and how its so much faster than a modern day CPU. The brain’s computations are based on these cellular (not as in neuron or living cell, just a term to describe a specific bit, a cell can be on or off) automata.