Re: SOC: Immortality and Historiography

Damien R. Sullivan (
Tue, 30 Dec 1997 12:50:40 -0800 (PST)

On Dec 30, 8:22am, GBurch1 wrote:

> Because these factors will be significantly impacted by effective immortality,
> such a development seems bound to impoverish the future historical record. An
> offsetting factor may be that posthuman beings will change so much across a

Criticize me if I'm missing a key element here, but the 'solution' seems
inherent in the problem. They're immortal. They don't need to study
history so much, because they're the ones who lived it. I think this
continuity of memory, presumably with high fidelity of public and one's
own private recrods, could well offset the loss of other people's
private information. I think private decision information is much less
important than people not knowing public information.

And an economist might say other people could be offered money for their
perspectives. First-hand historical consultants.

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