Friday, October 5, 2012

An age of madness

We live in an age of madness.  We have always lived in this age--I'm pretty sure one day we're going to look back at this period as one of extreme insanity and danger.  Like monkeys with machine guns, or nuclear weapons.  It's only a matter of time.

I think it's inevitable that we will improve our brains.  Not just through genetic engineering, but through a proper application of what we know about psychology and learning we'll be able to actually educate most children.  And by "educate" I don't mean just basic reading and writing, but actually learning how to think.  Can you imagine a world where most people have adequate critical reasoning skills?  It simply doesn't exist, now.

And yet we have so much power.  If we survive this period intact, it will be a miracle.
For example, this guy has encoded his book in DNA, and has trivially created 70 billion copies of his book in DNA form.

Seventy billion.  That's 70,000,000,000 copies.  And yet, we have people in power who are tempted to strictly enforce the idea that you cannot make even one fucking copy of a movie, song, or book, without being a criminal.

People are not remotely smart enough.  And I don't believe it needs to be that way.

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