[ExI] Silence in the sky-but why?

Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org
Thu Sep 12 10:42:06 UTC 2013

On Wed, Sep 11, 2013 at 05:26:08PM -0400, Rafal Smigrodzki wrote:

> ### Absolutely. Which is why I am really excited about us being
> possibly extremely close to a point-of-origin, a trivial
> spatiotemporal distance bridgeable with cryonics and a stable
> currency.

Yes, if we don't drop the ball some of us alive today
might became one of those who remember how life was
> Today I saw a former girlfriend, the woman I loved passionately some
> decades ago. The sunlight of her smile warmed my cold heart a bit. She
> thought she would not choose suspension even if she could afford it.
> It saddened me, yet, with a bit of luck, an echo of her being could be
> remembered for a long time. Poetic, no?

Far too many people reject cryopreservation almost reflexively.
E.g. my wife has absolutely no interest whatsoever.
> > I'm arguing that due to radiation the bulk of the postecosystem
> > will be nonsentient, despite of founders having been. There is
> > e.g. a strong selection pressure for pioneer organisms to lose
> > sentience. As such they have behaviour, but no ethics to
> > constrain it.
> ### Yes. Are you familiar with any books by Karl Schroeder? He
> describes many variations of this scenario, set in various
> post-expansion locales.

I wasn't aware. I've only read Ventus. Do you have specific recommendations?
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