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

Michael Lorrey (
Thu, 07 Nov 1996 05:14:54 -0500

Chris Hind wrote:
> >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.

It was on the web. I can't remember what i searched under.

> >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!

Gee, they may all become Libertarians!