[FoRK] Brownback defines science
<jbone at place.org> on
Mon Jun 4 06:40:34 PDT 2007
BTW, Lion, since you clearly can't be bothered to try to absorb the
culture around here in the course of inflicting yourself on us, let
me give you a hint.
I'm one of the "optimists" around here. Yeah, I think there are
risks; yeah, I think they're higher than they were, say, a decade
ago. That doesn't make me a pessimist; I'm not living in a bunker
somewhere with a year's supply of food and a bunch of gold coins.
Despite what you may conclude from your limited exposure to this
list, only a tiny fraction of my time and bandwidth is spent thinking
about existential risks and what to do about them. Indeed, I'm
rather often teased about being wildly over-optimistic about my own
prospects for effective physical immortality. But a tiny sliver or
concern about existential risk is, I think, appropriate; and if it
takes overstating the case to raise awareness, to "shock" people out
of their complacent, myopic, short-term / static-world views --- then
it's worth it, I think.
If you want to talk to one of the pessimists, strike up a
conversation with Beberg. ;-)
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