[ExI] homo sapiens as endangered species
anders at aleph.se
Sun Jun 5 09:43:21 UTC 2011
Kelly Anderson wrote:
> I would doubt they are spending much on that. Although I would assume
> that they did support the Svalbard seed bank to some extent.
"They" in this case are the Norwegian government, a government that can
afford this kind of thing (the only non-evil petrostate) and has pretty
good public support for it. Operational funds are from them and the
Global Crop Diversity Trust (GCDT), in turn funded by a whole bunch of
countries plus the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Seedbanks are cheap to build and maintain. Frozen zoos are more
expensive and hence more rare (and they are vulnerable to infrastructure
disruptions). Preserving humans will jump in price, size and complexity
since they have to be stored alive (if we ever get cryonics to work
perfectly it would just move things down to the frozen zoo level).
>>> I love Svalbard!
>>> So do I. And not only the Golden Compass version thereof. :-)
>> I can recommend it. Lovely place, at least in summer.
> I'm quite jealous if you have actually been there. Are there lots of mosquitoes?
I didn't encounter any when I visited in July, but according to my books
there are arctic mosquitos in some locations.
At the Longyearbyen bank there was a sign above a box: "Please put your
rifle here before entering". Having rifles to scare away polar bears is
sensible; a few years ago one decided to take a nap against the main
doors of the university building.
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James Martin 21st Century School
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