FORWARD GUIDANCE ‘TRILEMMA’ – Precommitment controversy

FORWARD GUIDANCE ‘TRILEMMA’ – Precommitment controversy.


The advantages and dangers of a world monopoly

from “Global Learning – Constructing the World Mind”

H. G. Wells saw the World Encyclopeadia as being “in effect a world monopoly” with resources “on a scale quite beyond” any publisher which in Alan Mayne’s view could afford a “greatly improved system for providing appropriate rewards for the originators and publishers of intellectual property”. However, Wells warned of the dangers of “private mercenary exploitation” especially by early promoters seeking “proprietorship” and the influence of “opinionated cults and propaganda.”

Self-organization – Overcoming resistance despite the odds

H. G. Wells expected the World Brain to begin “at divergent points.”This view is echoed by Manfred Kochen in his design of “a new social organ” (WISE – World Information Synthesis and Encyclopedia) which would emerge from “several semi-cooperative but semi-competitive organizations”. Against this natural evolution, Wells ranges his fear that the “change of scale….. would lead to an age of confusion and “gangster opportunity” dominated by “unscrupulous” financiers and “recalcitrant” minorities, and what was for Wells “the meanest thing in human nature”, the combination of “the fear of responsibility and the craving for leadership”. Kochen is also cited asking whether the “current global ecological crisis” might provide the necessary “powerful motivation” to overcome resistance.

Considering Radical Life Extension? Why?

A pill might one day help extend your life drastically. Here is what a
study by UQ School of Population Health researchers Associate Professor Jayne Lucke and Professor Wayne Hall has revealed.

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personal benefits to life extension including spending more time with family (36 percent); having more time in life to achieve ambitions (31 percent); and better health and quality of life (21 percent).

“Eighty percent also envisioned at least one downside,” she said.

“These included prolonging a state of poor health (34 percent); financial cost of living longer (16 percent); and outliving family and friends (12 percent).”

She said some of the other results were half of the participants believed the benefits to society would include increased collective knowledge (26 percent); extended lifespan of ‘important’ people (15 percent); and more time to contribute (12 percent).

“More than half (52 percent) of participants thought that life extension would not be beneficial to society though, with seven percent of these participants identifying overpopulation (40 percent) and an increased burden on healthcare and welfare (23 percent) as problems,”