Mortality and behavior (was: Queen Mum dies)

Eugen Leitl eugen@leitl.org
Mon, 1 Apr 2002 23:52:42 +0200 (CEST)


On Mon, 1 Apr 2002, Russell Turpin wrote:

>   "There is more to life than avoiding death."

This is only constructive as long as death is unavoidable. In this case
a-small-furry-mammal-hypnotized-by-a-snake-mode is detrimental, since
freezing you rigid, incapable of action. No fun, plus get nothing done.

If you're one step away from effective immortality (megayears...gigayears)
above becomes silly. It's like blastula stage embryo thinking it's
exhausted its potential already. (Well, it's really stupid, so what does
it know).

A lot of things only makes sense on deep time scale. Given that you're
getting a sense of priorities around 30ish, and you run out of steam by
60ish, that leaves you three decades with palpable traction, which is a 
joke.

Frome where I sit, those three decades are about equal to zero.