Re: Scarcity and getting off ( was: sex, yet again..)

Chris Hind (
Wed, 06 Nov 1996 22:55:01 -0800

>Also, the dominant form of biological life will be based on carbon, like
>we are. THe next best element as a replacement is silicon, has less than
>50% of the versatility chemically as carbon, so is less likely to be
>used. However, DNA may not neccessarily be the form of building bioware.
>A star with a bit too much ultraviolet light output would simply
>scramble DNA too much to be of use, unless you had an environment like
>Seven Day Planet where massive reproduction, high metabolic rates, and
>high rates of evolution would be the norm.

Perhaps creation or discovery of a silicon-based lifeform would be a large
step toward uploading because a silicon based lifeform would possibly be
more versatile than a carbon based one due to the complexity of the genetic
architecture needed to support it. Some of the most successful organisms
grow where the fewest resources exist.

>i read a recent study of
>likely forms of intelligent aliens. According to the analysis of
>evolutionary behavior, the humanoid form is the most likely to be
>intelligent, though not necessarily mammalian or even human features,
>but the bipedal, two eyes and ears, two to four arms, and four to six
>fingered hand, who is omnivorous. Of course,this is based on an expected
>limited database of how much we think we know about our world, and how
>little we know about others.

Do you remember what the publication was? I'd be interested to read it.

>Of course
>I'd still like to see more people get intelligence amplification enough
>so that I can converse with anyone as easily as most of you guys.

If the mnumonic trick of the hypertext structure of the web is as powerful
as is being suggested, the web may educate the masses into an intelligent
race. oh no!