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waechter418
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Posted 07/19/16 - 6:30 PM:
Subject: Do we run on obsolete software?
for example: we still do - voluntarily or not – use software that was designed 3000 years ago by shepherds in the middle eastern deserts
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Posted 07/20/16 - 10:55 AM:

wae,

You're talkin' about 'human' software, brain software, psychological software, cultural software, yes?

If so: it's all kludge-work, ungainly and awkward, but largely it works, and if it works (ain't broke), don't fix it.
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Posted 07/20/16 - 9:47 PM:

how about (for example) Vatican troyans and moral viruses - don't you think our cultural & psychological would work better without them ?
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Posted 07/21/16 - 8:50 AM:

You're talkin' about religion, and associated notions, yes?

If human psychology were modular, could be disassembled like a Lego set, could be reassembled minus the crappy blocks, then, yeah, certain things might work better, but -- using your software analogy -- that's not how it works.

You got software...you discover lacks, or errors...you can write a patch (add to the kludge) or you start from scratch and build a new piece of software.

Human software is even worse...fully intergrated, irrevocably intertwined, with the hardware, human software has a nasty robustness, it resists editing, it writes and overwrites itself...religion (just pattern-making/meaning-imposition gone wild) seems to be a function of that software...not seein' how you can address that function without drastically, radically, altering the software as a whole.

Again, yeah, certain aspects of society, community, nation, etc. would improve immensely if you could cleanly excise certain impulses from the human software, but I don't think you can, and mebbe -- if you could -- you shouldn't.

Life is a kludge, a sequence and cluster of work arounds. Kludge work has taken life, especially human life, far...kludge work seems to work well enough, even if certain individuals and populations go mad over imaginary sky people or try to elevate ordinary folk to semi-deity status...so: as I say, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
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Posted 07/21/16 - 9:41 PM:

A reasonable excuse for the unwillingness to face our present conditions (for details check media)- and if "couldn´t/shouldn´t" would be a universal rule/law neither you nor me would be able to communicate the way we do right now - which after all it is the outcome of our ancestors update efforts - and vigilance - and i think it is no more but just to continue this tradition (otherwise we will - according to our latest scientific software - wind up in a/the cosmic garbage can).

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Posted 07/22/16 - 9:04 AM:

"our present conditions"

I think I have a pretty good handle on the state of things...just don't think we're gonna self-edit ourselves out of the mess (cuz the mess is our natural state).

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"cosmic garbage can"

Gonna end up there anyway, no matter what we do.

My advice: enjoy life, self-defend, self-direct, self-rely, raise your kids right, mind your own business, keep your hands to yourself.
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Posted 07/22/16 - 10:45 AM:

Your advice is taken !
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Posted 07/22/16 - 12:24 PM:

Good deal.

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