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Newmedia on Fri, 26 Apr 2013 16:27:53 +0200 (CEST)


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John:
 
> At this point I am quite pessimistic that the evolutionary drive
> to guarantee propagation of the species, a drive inseparable from
> life itself, and which includes the need for consuming any and all
> energy necessary for survival-to-reproduce, can be short-circuited
> by any altruistic or even pragmatic socio-political (community,
> nation-state, supra-national) agendas, ever.
 
Are you sure that you adequately understand either humans or their  
technological environments?
 
Humans are *not* monkeys 2.0 (typical mistake #1) and the effects of our  
man-made environment on the humans are neither fixed *nor* impossible to  
understand (typical mistake #2) -- so, you might consider that you have begun  
your "analysis" with the *wrong* premises.
 
The "pessimism" you reflect is likely based on these *mistakes* and, like  
many others, you will find that you have no choice but to re-examine some of 
 your fundamental beliefs.  
 
It's time to start asking some *very* basic questions about both humans and 
 the environments they make!
 
Mark Stahlman
Brooklyn NY





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