Tue 4 Oct 2011
I saw an article about Killer Asteriods and how Humanity must work together.
See Killer Asteroids on Space.com
This brings us back to “Can Humans work together?” Even if we have nanotechnology, this group of animals may not get it together in time to fix something like a killer asteroid. Look at the American political debacle taking place today. Do you think anyone could fix a problem with that emotion and irrational thinking in place? I don’t.
What can we do about it? I’m not sure how, but the human race must decide to be rational and put away animal emotion when making hard decisions. The human animal never does the rational thing when they are under the control of emotion. That is what emotion is, a non-rational motivation system. You do things based on values based on animal instinct rather than careful thought and values based on knowledge and calm consideration of facts.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m human and I want to be around other humans. But I look back over history and I see an emotion driven animal making decisions based on animal concerns such as,
- Are you part of my core group?
- Are you loyal to our group?
- Does this decision help or hurt my core group?
Until the average human can think about things from a standpoint a few steps beyond this emotion driven self interest, we don’t stand a chance at survival.
When an outside threat overwhelms our several antagonistic groups, we can reformat our emotional values and redirect our aggression from our neighbor to the new threat. But that takes time, and is an animal response. That is not sufficient, nor are we likely to survive when the threat is too quick for the animal to change it’s threat assessment or goes counter to a long standing self interest fight.
We need to work on rational thinking as a tool of the human race for race survival. At the moment, there is little awareness or peer support for such an effort.
What does this have to do with nanotechnology? Nano is power in a tiny package. Who would give a stick of dynamite and a lighter to an excited monkey?