Friday, April 3, 2015
[Photo from United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA)]
Barry, My Liege :
Evidence of relatively recent ocean temperature changes and associated species die-off moves the HUMANITY DOOMSDAY CLOCK forward 6 years to 2139.
New science shows that a temperature rise 14,700 years ago killed off just about all species living in the ocean. It took only 170 years to accomplish the extermination but thousands of years for the species to recover.
View the entire article here : http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-oceans-climate-change-20150331-story.html
Humans will find it difficult to recover.
We accept it calmly.
Despite some popular entertainment vehicles, our species knows that it is not possible to survive death as a computer file.
[see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mind_uploading_in_fiction#Literature for a list of works]
Occasionally someone make an attempt like Russian Dmitry Itskov to outlive his mortal body. [Article here: http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2012-03/achieving-immortality-russian-mogul-wants-begin-putting-human-brains-robots-and-soon]
There is in nature an acceptance of the inevitable. A rabbit which is wounded and about to be decapitated does not struggle. It accepts fate. Even insects will stop their struggle when death is unavoidable.
"How small a part of the boundless and unfathomable time is assigned to every man? For it is very soon swallowed up in the eternal. And how small a part of the whole substance? And how small a part of the universal soul? And on what a small clod of the whole earth thou creepest? Reflecting on all this consider nothing to be great, except to act as thy nature leads thee and to endure that which the common nature brings."
― Marcus Aurelius Mediations, Book Twelve, 32