Re: Midpoint of history?

Michael Lorrey (
Thu, 14 Nov 1996 19:52:04 -0500

Hal Finney wrote:
> What is the most interesting period to simulate? Why, the Transition,
> of course: those brief millenia when we went from being paleolithic
> cavemen to posthuman gods. So naturally they'd look at that over and
> over again. And our era is probably high on the list, the first age when
> we began to realize what is happening. Even among our era, those people
> most simulated would be those who became aware of the great changes in
> store for them, such as Extropians. And the moments which would be most
> simulated would be when they were actually thinking and communicating
> these ideas... just as we are now.

As most entertainment is based on new experiences for the individual,
and that most individuals in a transhuman society would live in a
relative lap of luxury, I would conclude that the most frequently
simulated periods would be the primitive ones, those would induce
hardship of all kinds, most of which have or will have dissapeared from
the "real" human existence.