Thursday, February 12, 2009

On Inorganic v. Organic Lifeforms

From The Two Faces of Tomorrow, by James P. Hogan - in a discussion on superiority of a future, immortal inorganic lifeform when compared to human descendants.

"A man lives for eighty years. He spends the first quarter of it or more learning all the same things that generations have had to learn before, and the rest of it laboriously building up a collection of information, knowledge, opinions, ideas, experiences --all those kinds of things. Then he dies and takes the whole damn lot with him, and so the next generation has to start out all over."

While we do advance some in each generation, the pace is slow compared to what would essentially be an immortal lifeform.

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