From: Bruce Maccabee <brumac.nul> Date: Thu, 19 May 2005 17:28:43 -0400 Fwd Date: Fri, 20 May 2005 11:09:31 -0400 Subject: Re: The Future of the Space-Alien Meme - Maccabee >From: Mac Tonnies <macbot.nul> >To: UFO UpDates <ufoupdates.nul> >Date: Wed, 18 May 2005 08:52:59 -0700 (PDT) >Subject: The Future of the Space-Alien Meme >The Future of the Space-Alien Meme >by >Mac Tonnies >http://posthumanblues.blogspot.com >Throughout history, the UFO phenomenon has been one step ahead >of human capability. Our definition of the "other" has been >quietly revised and reinvented in a parade of forms ranging from >faerie folk to phantom airships to ghost rockets to NASA-esque >flying saucers complete with alien "crew." <snip> >If the UFO intelligence has been with the human species since >prehistory, perhaps it's naive to assume the "aliens" will stick >around in their present form once we've achieved their evident >level of sophistication. If we can refrain from destroying >ourselves, it's probable we will develop into a star-faring >civilization. What then? The enigma and mythological luster of >visiting space-aliens will have lost its appeal. If the UFO >intelligence wants to continue interacting with us (for whatever >reasons), it will be forced to adopt a new appearance; it will >have to find a new mythical substrate in which to sow its memes. >That's assuming, of course, that humans a thousand years from >now will still be blinkered by the capacity for belief. If we >evolve into a "posthuman" state, as argued by a growing faction >of thinkers in fields such as artificial intelligence and >genetic engineering, there's no telling for certain how our >perceptions will mutate to accommodate our new abilities. We may >shed the dubious luxury of belief altogether... leaving the >"ufonauts" stranded in the realm from which they originate, >unable to continue their theatrical dialogue. A thousand years from now bodies will be obsolete and only the "mind" will exist, perhaps within a brain that lives in a jar supported by technological devices designed to keep it alive and provide a all sorts of experiences that "feel good" to the mind. I predict that in the future aliens won't look humanoid like the greys. Instead we will see "grey matter" and "flying saucers" will morph into shapes appropriate for containing the "grey matter." On the other hand, perhaps we will do away with brains, too, and just become "energy blobs" floating in endless space. We'll probably have the choice of living forever or dying of boredom.
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