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The cliched Chinese curse fully appreciates the value of
stability and status quo.
But I suspect that in each age, a certain level of self
absorption dictates that the current times seem
"interesting", e.g. we tend to "blah, blah, blah" parts of
medieval history and assume that true change
after the Renaissance, etc.
At the reverse, even Homer couldn't make the entire ten
years of the Trojan war interesting.
So how does one measure were the disruption of our age
stands versus the French Revolution, or the Industrial
Is it a fair assumption to assume that the pace of
"interest" is only going in one direction, i.e. increasing?
(hmm, wonder if this is simply a measure of entropy)
While it may be difficult to measure versus ancient
history, now that so much data is computerized and
available for mining, one can use a large variety of
counters from patents to demonstration permits issued,
from arrest records to war casualties, etc. One has to
note that the wide availability of data is demonstrably
affecting, Heisenberg style, behavior, and is arguably an ameliorating influence in some cases, resonating
influence in others.
If we are truly heading towards the singularity as the
kurzweils and the cyberpunks predict, then this curve
should be looking like a hockey stick.
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||You would need to adjust for relative population sizes as, generally speaking, more people = more activity.
||certainly, [DrBob], though one would argue the size
of the population itself is a factor. Or is it -- was it
a more interesting time when we were a single tribe
out on the savanna?
||If the times are so interesting, why is my life so darn boring at the moment?
||Could it possibly be that you are actually a very dull and unattractive personality that intelligent, witty and attractive people instinctively avoid ?
||Nah, I'll go with misunderstood. Yeah, that's it.
||Ray, do you read James Altucher? Kind of a weird
guy, but produces the occasional gem.
||//for example, on the savanna or in the 70's//
||Nah, he speaks some kind of alien language they call finance, which makes my eyes roll back in my head. Also a writer of self-help books. Yeah I know, life is what you make it. Most of mine revolves around work, home improvements, and a hormonal preggo wife at the moment.
||Full buns for fatalistic statistology, and I hereby propose
that this be called the 'Rincewind Scale'. [+]
||Congratulations, [RayfordSteele]. And good luck...
||Congrats, [Ray]. Any name ideas? Nemo, no doubt?
||Or Charlie, Mike, Oscar, or Victor.
For a girl, Juliette or Sierra.
||Thx. This is our first that looks like a go. We have had names chosen since 4 attempts ago. And no, it's not Romeo, Zulu, X-ray, or Lima.