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May 31, 2007

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Date: Thu, 31 May 2007 07:07:43 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [stuff-it] [Fwd: [Futurework] FW: SAPIENTIA 461 -- A long-haul to a
       sustainable  world economy]

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Subject: [Futurework] FW: SAPIENTIA 461 -- A long-haul to a sustainable
world economy
From:    "Cordell, Arthur: ECOM" <>
Date:    Thu, May 31, 2007 6:46 am


From: Keith Hudson []
Sent: Thursday, May 31, 2007 1:16 AM
Subject: SAPIENTIA 461 -- A long-haul to a sustainable world economy

DAILY QUOTE 461 -- A long-haul to a sustainable world economy

  "We are using up minerals at an alarming rate. How long before they run
out? David Cohen, New Scientist, 26 May 2007

Despite being laughed at by economic growthists, the environmental
doomsayers of the 1960s -- of whom I was one -- were largely right. We
under-estimated the oil resources of the world. And we did not realise
just how natural gas there was also. However, the present oil and gas
prices show just how critical fossil fuels are in the present industrial
world. Cheap fossil fuels will largely disappear in the next 100 years
if present industrial growth continues. There will be plenty more, such
as coal and tar sands, but energy will become very expensive indeed and
will stop our present wasteful way of life.

Economic growthists shrug this off by saying that new energy
technologies will take over from our present era of burning fossil
fuels. They point to nuclear power, solar technologies and big schemes
such as wind farms and tidal barriers to generate electricity. But all
these technologies also rely on cheap energy with which to make, and
maintain, their engineering equipment and also other critical resources
which have even shorter lifetimes than fossil fuels. The newer energy
technologies will almost certainly have shorter lifetimes than the
fossil fuel burning of the last 130 years.

Careful studies by several academic teams around the world suggest that
several critical materials needed by the modern electronic age are
already in short supply. Key resources that are almost at vanishing
point already are Gallium, Germanium and Rhodium. Other crucial
materials and their anticipated lifetimes are as follows: Antimony (15 -
20 years) Hafnium (about 10 years), Indium (5 - 10 years), Platinum
(about 15 years), Silver (15 - 2-0 years), Tantalum (20 - 30 years),
Uranium (30 - 40 years), Zinc (20 - 30 years).

Thus the irony is that the new, "post-industrial" electronic age is even
more vulnerable to key resource shortages than the more old-fashioned,
industrial, "metal-bashing" technologies ever were. For example, there
seems to be no way that computerisation can grow as intensively in the
future as it has in the past because of shortages of critical materials
such as germanium. Nuclear power seems stymied by shortages of uranium.
As to widespread solar technology by means of solar cells and electronic
circuitry changing sunlight into electricity this will be stillborn.

Whether one is considering countries which are trying to industrialise,
or those developed countries which are fast changing to an
electronic-based service economy, any sensible person reading the full
article in the current New Scientist ("Earth Audit") cannot fail to be
convinced that not only our present way of life (for the fortunate
one-third) nor the contemplated future life (for all) is at all possible
without a  fantastic reduction in world population and a new, and
totally different, way of life.

There remains just one more possibility. This will comprise the
bacterial production of hydrogen (for direct propulsion and also
electricity generation) and also organic variants of consumer products
which presently rely on metals and other energy-intensive materials.
This will be done by technologies supervised by DNA -- the most
sophisticated control technology ever discovered. We only need to cite
spider silk which is stronger than steel or the still-remaining
versatility of wood or the still-superior uses of natural fibres for
clothes to prove our case. There is almost nothing presently made that
cannot also be made by organic methods -- and could perform just as well
-- as is now made by "modern" energy-intensive technologies.

A start has been made on all these new technologies. But they require
the most sophisticated understanding of chemical procedures than has
ever yet been investigated by science. The new technologies will require
a vastly expanded role for the biological sciences and to engage a much
higher proportion of developed countries populations. While populations
collapse around the world -- in both developed and undeveloped countries
-- and the most momentous economic changes take place the realisation of
a DNA-based future is going to be a long haul.

Keith Hudson, Bath, England, <
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Date: Thu, 31 May 2007 10:00:41 -0500
From: Robert Kezelis <robertkezelis@EARTHLINK.NET>
Reply-To: Philosophy and Psychology of Cyberspace <CYBERMIND@LISTSERV.AOL.COM>
Subject: please consider this petition
Resent-Date: Thu, 31 May 2007 11:37:44 -0400 (EDT)
Resent-From: Alan Sondheim <>
Resent-To: Wryting-L <>,
     Cyberculture <>
Resent-Subject: please consider this petition

Thank you


Seven Pieces of Resurrection

The following works are produced from materials 2006-2007; they include
dancework/choreography (Maud Liardon, Foofwa d'Imobilite), dance
description (Gerald Jones, a kind of memorial), a modified harmonica solo
(Alan Sondheim), and a story worth seeing, "Long Long Run." I usually
don't work at this speed or present so much material at once, but these
pieces are all of interest. If you have limited time, I'd look at Long
Long Run, Frenzy, and Blues and Blues. And all for Gerald in Memoriam.

Long Long Run: Foofwa d'Imobilite, video, Alps, 2006
(with Alan Sondheim, Azure Carter, Maud Liardon in the car),
Soundtrack and story: Alan Sondheim:

Dance and Choreography: Foofwa d'Imobilite
Video: Foofwa d'Imobilite
Sound: Alan Sondheim (Sandy Baldwin's voice in the background)
Geneva rehearsal 2006:
Post-production: Sondheim, 2007

Gerald Jones on "dance is, part of a series. This was taped five
months before he died, and after chemo, in Brooklyn, NY, 11/2006:

Two avatar rehearsal, Foofwa d'Imobilite and Maud Liardon:
Choreography: Foofwa d'Imobilite from avatar mocap material (Sondheim)
Video: Foofwa d'Imobilite, Geneva 2006
Post-Production, Alan Sondheim,2007

Solo harmonica modified by automatic voice control:
Alan Sondheim, Brooklyn, 2007:

Rehearsal: Foofwa d'Imobilite, Maud Liardon, Geneva, 2006
Video: Foofwa d'Imobilite
Post-production: Alan Sondheim:

Folk-dance in Nyon with Roman columns, 2006
Dancers: Foofwa d'Imobilite, Maud Liardon
Video and post-production: Alan Sondheim:

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