Physics of creating a "deliver-to-Earth-in-future" signal


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Jon Richfield
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Apr16-10, 12:54 PM
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That brings me back to: "Why?" Why do dying people want to share the information that led in some way to their destruction? Why would people exert their final (but not inconsiderable) effort to something OTHER than immidiate survival? That ALREADY sounds like a very different society.
I can't answer for everybody, but I suspect that it has something to do with reproductive drive in some form or other. Some people go no further than reproduction. Some wish to live forever, even if only because people remember their name (Think: burning of temple of Apollo?) Some wish to live on in their monuments, which is futility that we need no Giza, no Ozymandias to illustrate; just pay a visit to any abandoned cemetery, usually not more than decades old. It giffs to tink!

Me? I reflect that the human world has progressed in many ways, though nauseatingly wastefully, messily and increasingly worryingly insecurely. But that "progress" implies that in at least some ways the average human has left behind more that was constructive than negative. The best form of immortality I can see for myself is such a contribution. It beats the hell out of an eroding chunk of funerary kitsch!

Are you familiar with Piet Hein's Grooks? My candidate for the 20th Century's greatest epigrams.

Giving in is no defeat
Passing on is no retreat
Selves were made to rise above
You shall live in what you love.

Immortality of one's positive contributions might not be as good (or as bad?) as living forever, but it beats hangovers, cirrhosis and putrescence.

As I see it anyway. I do not urge my arguments as cogent, but they work for me.



Jon


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