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theadvancedapes  ·  3373 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: TPP Seen as Door for Foreign Suits Against US

The Trans-Pacific Partnership will pre-determine the global socio-economic contours of the planet and will dramatically increase the likelihood of global corporate oligarchy. There will be no opportunity for genuine progressive social or ecological direction. We have our individual freedoms but we are losing the commons. We have free choice within the contours of an increasingly authoritarian forced choice.





OftenBen  ·  3373 days ago  ·  link  ·  

And you're still confident in the technological salvation/ ascension of the species? Is there going to be a point where the womb of humanity will be too poisonous/damaged to give birth to the next phase of intelligent life? Or will the phoenix come rising out of the ashes of society as we know it?

theadvancedapes  ·  3373 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    And you're still confident in the technological salvation/ ascension of the species?

The 21st century is the physical manifestation of the ancient concepts of apocalypse/transcendence. I'm an optimist (I think with good reason), but not a determinist.

    Is there going to be a point where the womb of humanity will be too poisonous/damaged to give birth to the next phase of intelligent life?

It is in the ruptures, in the dramatic/traumatic discontinuities when life really breaks into something new. That is the only way life breaks into something new. True at the individual and the collective level. Punctuated equilibrium OR: oh shit we have to change.

    Or will the phoenix come rising out of the ashes of society as we know it?

I still think the end of the human universe is the symbiotic synthesis of transhumanity. I don't think that entity will have trouble stabilising planetary socio-economy/ecology.

am_Unition  ·  3373 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    transhumanity

Even though I do not share much of your optimism, I do enjoy imagining the forms that transhumanity could take. It is of course futile speculation, but a good brain exercise.

Thanks for stopping by this thread, always like to hear your take on things.

theadvancedapes  ·  3372 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    Even though I do not share much of your optimism, I do enjoy imagining the forms that transhumanity could take. It is of course futile speculation, but a good brain exercise.

I think our future possibility space is much higher than people tend to assume... :D