8 thoughts on “Homo Oblivion Oblivious”

  1. I remember going on summer holiday camping trips in Alberta in the 1970’s and the hood, headlights, grill, back of the side mirrors were all plastered in bug blood-N-guts and wings. Sometimes dad would stop at gas stations just to use their squeegee.


  2. Hi Rob
    I think it was you who introduced me to the sci-fi writer Peter Watts – if it was, thank you! My husband is reading and enjoying Blindsight on his commute to work. I don’t read Sci-Fi but I do enjoy reading Peter’s blog. He has a new post up, and I thought the following was particularly apt:

    “… back when What Has To Be Done could still fit into the set of What’s Politically Doable”

    The gap between those two things has perhaps never been wider than now. The whole post is well worth a read.

    Thanks for hosting this blog.
    Warm regards,

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    1. Thanks for bringing Watts’ essay to my attention. I subscribe to his feed but missed this one. This quote stood out for me:

      The years since have been sprinkled with Sunshine anthologies and editorials hectoring us to Stop Writing Dystopias And Write About Solutions— as though solutions haven’t been staring us in the face for decades, as though it weren’t obvious what we could do to avoid catastrophe. (Stop breeding, for one thing; how long does it take to get a fucking vasectomy?) What the haranguers are really demanding is easy solutions, magical ways to save the world without having to reduce their own comfy standard of living[1] and their own rutting proliferation. They’re not peddling optimism so much as denial.

      By the way, there’s only one plan that I’ve come across that transitions humans to a sustainable civilization WITH a comfortable modern lifestyle AND that is technically feasible. That plan is by retired engineer Jack Alpert. His plan does assume that it’s not too late to avoid catastrophic climate change from runaway feedback loops, and I’m not sure that’s a reasonable assumption. Unfortunately Jack’s plan has a near zero chance of being implemented but it’s nice to know that at least one plan was actually possible.



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