I’m a 60 year old retired systems software developer and high-tech executive with an honors M.A.Sc. Electrical Engineering degree from UBC. I’m concerned about human overshoot, the damage we are doing to a very special planet, and the high probability of collapse in the not too distant future. I’m fascinated and horrified by our collective denial of our predicament. I sometimes like to think of myself as Varki‘s Huxley. I’m trying to build some personal resilience to the coming storms while volunteering my time on useful projects, and enjoying the good days that remain with as small a footprint as possible.
The singular emergence of human intelligence, and its ability to write and read this paragraph, evolved in a gene controlled machine with an unusually powerful computer, that was created by an improbable simultaneous adaptation for an extended theory of mind with denial of reality, and whose complexity was enabled by the increased energy per gene provided by mitochondria, that resulted from an accidental endosymbiosis of two prokaryotes, powered by an unintuitive chemiosmotic proton pump, that originated in an alkaline hydrothermal vent, on 1 of 40 billion planets, in 1 of 100 billion galaxies, and that planet had an improbable store of photosynthetic and geothermal generated fossil energy, that the species leveraged to understand and appreciate, the peak of what may be possible in the universe, before it vanished, because it denied the consequences of its success.