[ExI] atrophy or hypertrophy

Anders Sandberg anders at aleph.se
Mon Oct 5 07:43:13 UTC 2015

On 2015-10-05 02:44, spike wrote:
> > Hahaha! Yeah, that was some trip. I felt bad for you. Maybe next time we should try a 
> slightly more calming environment (or not, to keep the adrenal glands 
> working).
> I probably would have been OK on that adventure had we been in my ratty old pickup rather than Mister Lincoln.  Anytime I go into the city in that rattletrap hunk of Detroit, the proles look at me and assume I have a sidearm and no insurance.  They give me plenty of room.  {8^D

Of course, in The Mission these days you run more risk of them trying to 
make you an angel investor or a beta-tester for their peer-2-peer social 
entrepreneurship incubator. It is a geek ghetto.

But driving in a non-car adapted city is definitely an adrenal gland 
workout. Do not even try to bring a car to Oxford - it hardly worked in 
the era of horse and carriage, and we often see people have strokes 
trying to get from nearby point A to B and having to go around the 
entire town. Walking is often sigificantly faster.

In the North the challenge is different: my husband has me as reindeer 
lookout during the looong drives in the wilderness. The reindeer just 
love to saunter out on the road, and you better notice them before it 
turns into a mess. (The elks at least are mostly moving at dusk and 
dawn). There you need to stay vigilant continually while there is 
nothing but spruce and pine to look at.

Anders Sandberg
Future of Humanity Institute
Oxford Martin School
Oxford University

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