Fwd: [SPORK, XORK, S/TORK] Astronomical Waste, or, Keep Your Eyes On The Prize

Bill Humphries bill@whump.com
Sat, 22 Mar 2003 17:59:21 -0800


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> From: Bill Humphries <bill@whump.com>
> Date: Sat Mar 22, 2003  5:40:41 PM US/Pacific
> To: Jeff Bone <jbone@deepfile.com>
> Subject: Re: [SPORK, XORK, S/TORK] Astronomical Waste, or, Keep Your 
> Eyes On The Prize
>
>
> On Friday, March 21, 2003, at 11:44 PM, Jeff Bone wrote:
>
>>
>> The thing that chaps me the most about the last 2-3 years is the 
>> waste:  time, resources, focus, effort, unity.  There are REAL costs 
>> to the insanity we've been embedded in.  The costs must be accounted 
>> for:
>>
>> 	http://www.nickbostrom.com/astronomical/waste.html
>
> Interesting, perhaps we'll be brought to task by a court of the unmade 
> future generations of humankind, a.k.a. _This is the Way the World 
> Ends_ [1].
>
> Also worth considering, in another of Bostrom's Papers [2], he 
> suggests:
>
> "Reductions in existential risks [i.e. game over for humankind risks 
> such as quantum mechanical horrors and BIG ASS rock from space ] are 
> global public goods [13] and may therefore be undersupplied by the 
> market [14]. Existential risks are a menace for everybody and may 
> require acting on the international plane. Respect for national 
> sovereignty is not a legitimate excuse for failing to take 
> countermeasures against a major existential risk."
>
> So I'll suggest that it may be fruitful for John and Jeff to engage 
> over the question of is Saddam is an existential risk as defined > below.
>
> [1] http://www.sff.net/people/Jim.Morrow/worldend.html
> [2] http://www.jetpress.org/volume9/risks.html
>
> -- whump (make love, not grey goo)
>
>
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