Creative Thinking: We’re Just Some Experiments

Countless theories are filling the void of the emptiness we feel whenever we try to think of our origin.  When did we arrive?  How did we first exist?  How on earth had we survived but not the dinosaurs?  We know the dinosaurs existed for sure as we have dug up so many dinosaurs’ skeletons in our backyards.  We then ponder on how the dinosaurs were killed off.  What had killed off the dinosaurs but left us alive?  Or, did we come after the existence of the dinosaurs?  So on and so on we go, and we go off the rail with theory after theory, unsure of ourselves how on earth we really had come about to exist here on earth.

If I remember correctly, one theory suggests that a sizable enough chunk of space rock such as a meteor could have created a large enough impact on earth’s past to wreck so much havoc on earth’s past ecosystem, thus in the process, the monstrous size of the dinosaurs was the death-knell that killed off the dinosaurs.  Basically, the dinosaurs could not sustain their lifeforce while the earth’s ecosystem was in tattered.  Not enough foods were around to sustain the predators like the dinosaurs!

Whatever the theory may be, a meteor or an asteroid, diseases or God’s will, we would never be sure how the dinosaurs were extinct since we weren’t there to witness the hellish catastrophe.  How did we come into being?  It seems the whole human race is still having an amnesia because we don’t remember how we had come into being!

To play this guessing game, I like to suggest the most outlandish, on the par with sci-fi spirit, theory.  Imagine when the earth was still at its most primitive stage.  The dinosaurs were roaming freely.  They would feed on smaller preys and humans weren’t around at all.  Of course, I could imagine how ugly such a scene could be to see a dinosaur gnawing, crunching away on a live human, but luckily I think we weren’t around at the time when the dinosaurs roamed as kings.

My theory suggests an alien race descended onto the planet earth, killed off all dinosaurs, spared the more harmless cockroaches and few other harmless animals so the food sources could lay intact and the earth’s ecosystem could survive to nurse the next king of the planet.  The aliens then would create an out of this world experiment by planting human seeds at our most primitive stage to see how the whole planet earth would develop thereafter.  Perhaps, in the future, the aliens would then revisit our planet earth to check on their amazing experiment.  Would the whole human race survive or die off?  They could make a bet to each other while they’re making their way here on their super cool spaceship.

If anyone is making a movie, I think my theory is rather cool for such a prospect.  Don’t you think so?  Anyway, I think my theory seems to be way cooler than other theories that try to explain how the dinosaurs went extinct and how humans came into being on the planet earth!  Of course, my theory is way outlandish and got no proof to back the claim up, but how could you disprove that my theory is wrong when all other theories are just mere theories too.  Remember, we weren’t there when things got really ugly!

 

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Basic Income Is Dead. Long Live Basic Equality!

As earth’s population grows larger and automation gains traction each day, how many job categories and niches would dwindle each time before there would be none left for onlookers?  More people mean more jobs are needed to sustain a vibrant society where equality gap could be lessened instead of widening.  More automation means more people will lose jobs.  These two factors are like pouring gasoline onto the fire.

Unethically, such a society could demand people to have fewer children, but such a society needs a strong authoritarian government.  In the West, most governments are democratic, and so such demand would be outrageous.  Furthermore, such a demand is for a weak society, because the society doesn’t have a solution thus resolving into forcing a reduction of population headcount.

A wiser society would not demand a reduction of population headcount — it got a solution for what’s coming!  What solution?  As of now, there is no clear solution for the two detrimental factors I stated in the first paragraph!  By the way, what is a society?  In my opinion, a society is a group of people that stick together for the benefits of the majority.  The two detrimental factors I described earlier would chip away most benefits of the majority in our modern societies.

Few governments and groups are trying out basic income as a testing case for trying to solve the inequality gap between classes of groups of people in our modern societies.  Nonetheless, small-scale basic income test trials most likely won’t yield any good result.  Furthermore, basic income for large countries like the United States and China would be an insane proposition.  No amount of money would be enough to give out to each person in a large country.

I think basic income is kind of screwy too!  For an example, the more money the government prints to give out the more people will spend thus requiring the money printers to print even more money so the government could have enough doughs to give out to even more people.  Get the gist?  Once the government tightens the belt such as stopping giving out money, the basic income scheme would collapse immediately.  A society that is addicted to basic income could also collapse!

By the way, how inflation would work in a basic income society?  I don’t think I know the answer to this as I’ve seen nothing like it has ever applied to a large country like the United States or China.  We all know that if inflation goes north too much everything would become rather pricey because the supply of money is too large — simply put, too many dollars would chase too few demands.

As job loss number increases and automation gains worldwide prominent, the tipping point would become too real when a society becomes desperate and mad.  Nonetheless, as an advanced society could produce just about anything with little effort using automation, the tipping point once again could occur positively as people would no longer require making a living by working the field, factory, office and so forth.

The question is, in the between the transition from a working society to a leisure society, how many people would have to die and how many revolutions would have to occur before the storm could pass and peace could form?  The basic income could work as a dirty solution till the modern society could completely transform into a leisure society!  The question is, will the governments of the world dare to print an unlimited amount of money before inflation hits and destroys the hope and dream of attaining a transformation of a modern society into a leisure one?

Perhaps, basic income is too draconian and would not work.  Perhaps, providing a fair playing field for the newcomers would work?  What do I mean?  Imagine basic income is not basic income but a one-time thing for the poor and the newborns!  What do I mean again?  Well, basic income is too hard to carry out as it requires the governments of the world to continuously print an unlimited amount of money each year.  Instead of basic income, why not basic equality for the poor and the newborns?

What do I mean by basic equality for the poor and the newborns?  Well, let’s say the government would go about to calculate the right amount of money each person needs to have a fulfilling life as long such a person would not do anything too crazy to destroy the money cache quickly such as using drugs, gamble, and whatnot — then a government would give a one-time basic income to all the poor in his/her own country so to provide a fair level of playing field.  Obviously, the rich won’t need any basic income so the government can save money by not giving any to the rich through basic income channel!

Basic equality would save the prudent government a lot of money and yet his/her society would be able to function in a jobless era.  All the newborns could also receive one-time basic income in a form of a trust fund that the government would create for them.  The trust fund would go out to the parents of the newborns for a while till the newborns become adults.  Once the newborns reach adulthood, the government then could give them basic equality (one-time basic income) according to the inflation rate in their time.

Of course, the hope is that the basic equality would buy time for modern societies to transform into leisure societies across the world.  The idea of basic equality, one-time basic income, is to leave nobody behind yet buy time for the governments of the world to see their societies transform into leisure societies where automation would provide everything everyone needs.  When everybody got everything and more, money would become so irrelevant!  In such a society, money won’t buy anything!  In a leisure society, only the smart, funny, easy going, talented ones could become real assets of the world!

 

 

Why China Doesn’t Care About Bad Economy Leads To Color Revolution!

Some China watchers suggest that when China’s economy is going south to the sour, Chinese government would flame the nationalism to shift the blame outward.  Personally, I think it’s wrong to think like that!  I think China is a one-party system government with a lot of policies that are in place to prevent color revolution or any sort of revolution from happening, and so China doesn’t need to point outward to shift the blame of bad economy at home.

Furthermore, China had been there when the former revolutionary leader Mao Zedong, founder of today’s China and the Chinese Communist Party, prescribed the wrong policy “Great Leap Forward” in which famine raped the country to the point of almost no return.  Yet Chinese didn’t demand the Communist party to step down.  Of course, there was the Tiananmen Square revolution, but that didn’t really destroy the Communist Party even though at the time China was still super poor.

Today, China is prosperous and strong, and so I doubt there would be a revolution even if the Chinese economy takes a huge hit to the chin.  I think the Chinese government knows this, and so they probably would not take any action to flame the nationalism unnecessarily as such a flame would be easy to stoke but very hard to put down.

Nonetheless, I think the Chinese government may want to economically restrain potential rivals and enemies from conducting businesses inside China, thus the bad foreigner’s case could come up from time to time to create difficulties for the non-Chinese companies.  I think that is as much as the Chinese government may want to stoke the flame of nationalism.

So, when the outsiders think of utilizing strategies that depend on the outlook of how China would behave nationalistic when the economy goes south could produce little to no effect.  Perhaps, this may irritate the Chinese government enough in which the Chinese government may put up countermeasures that may have undesirable effects in diplomatic and economic relations.  For an example, China may want to make it a lot harder for non-governmental organizations that support or belong to a foreign entity from operating within China.

Amazing Science Fiction: Three Body Trilogy Got One Epic Godlike Ending

When you thought the story could not get any grander, the mind-bended ending changes all of this sort of thinking.  Spoiler alert!  As Cheng Xin just finished traveling over 200 plus light years of distance in space and arrived near her star — the one that her supposed to be secret admirer in the common era had given her through his purchase of the star from the United Nations’ crowdsource funding project — she got the news that this very man is waiting for her in this remote area of the universe.  When he was about to say hello to her through a communication device, the whole shuttle that she was in suddenly got trapped in the speed of light, thus the timeline got distorted for her and the friend that she was with on the shuttle.

It’s really heartbroken to see Cheng Xin who traveled 200 plus light years distance to not be able to meet her secret admirer.  After all, he’d given her a star with two planets, and fate had that they were never meant to be together.  Or not?  The epic ending is so opened that I think Cixin Liu could have written a few thousand more sequels and won’t be able to finish the story!  I have to say, Three Body trilogy is one of the best science fiction story I’ve listened to through Audible audio program to date.  Obviously, I could have also said one of the best science fiction story I’ve read to date, but it would be insincere since I did not read this trilogy.  All the same, if I’d read instead of listening to this trilogy, it would still be one of the best science fiction story I’ve ever encountered so far.

Death’s End is the last book in the Three Body trilogy, and Cixin Liu did not hold back when he’d written this book.  Everything is so grand that I think the author himself probably had traveled to the future and back again just so he could finish up his trilogy.  I already thought he must have done something like this in his second book of the Three Body trilogy, but this last book tells me the man isn’t human.  Basically, the hardcore science fiction details are vividly described and the characters within are being weaved into one indescribable huge undertaking in which I think even God would agree with me that it’s indeed rather grand beyond description.

I like how the very last moment, Sophon said that as long Cheng Xin is with her, nothing bad would happen to Cheng Xin.  Meanwhile Sophon was no longer wearing her Kimono but she was wearing a camouflage with Katanas on her back.  Basically, she is one super sexy, smart, humanoid-like robot who (not it) is probably smarter than the human counterparts but deadly as hell with the Japanese swords that attaches to her back.  A ninja Sophon is, and it’s not so reassuring to see she’s in her killer mode.  After all, Sophon was the killer machine in the time in which the Trisolarans instructed her to kill the stubborn humans who did not want to migrate to Australia as Australia was the only reservation for humans in the time in which Trisolarans invaded earth’s solar system.  She used her Katanas to slice those humans into pieces without any reservation.  This very same copy of Sophon told Cheng Xin to feel safe because Cheng Xin is now her master of a sort.

After an eon of time had passed and yet here we see two little humans with one Trisolaran robot existed in one amazingly opened ending.  I have to say the epic ending is rather perfect.  After finished listening to the audio of Death’s End, I could not forget the ending and so here I’m writing about it in this blog post.  After the ending of the audio is long gone from my auditory sensory, I could still imagine Cheng Xin and her friends are having discovered something new — but rather dark and evil and scary — somewhere in the universes.  Not one but in multiple universes.  The ending of Death’s End isn’t capable of being humble as its godlike nature could not allow such a thing to be whispered aloud.  Simply put, if you love science fiction and haven’t yet read or listened to Three Body trilogy, you probably have missed one epic godlike ending!

Cities of the Future Could Be in Space, And These Won’t Look Like Any Real Estate We Know Today

The concept of real estate is largely depending on how we are glued to earth!  What will it be if in the future we could forgo the glue of earth altogether and build a city in space?  The space elevator is a concept that is in science fiction realm, and today we don’t have anything like this yet.  Nonetheless, this space elevator concept could become true if we got the right materials and plan to make it a reality.  Once humans travel through space easily as if how one would take a bus or a train on earth, then the idea of living in space becomes rather mundane.

We humans always think that we need another planet out there to be a second earth, but what if the cost of building a city in space in a modular fashion in a sense that space elevator concept could expand into a space highway and such — wouldn’t this be more doable and cheaper and time-saving than trying to find a second earth?  So I would imagine that a highway system in space would function similar to space elevator but the system itself would be more expansive.  After all, a space elevator could be a quick fix for a short distance from one point in space to another point in space.  Perhaps, space highway is like a bigger, more durable space elevator, and the spaceships that travel through this space highway system won’t need to use a self-powered propulsion system to traverse quickly from one point in space to another point in space.  Wouldn’t this be fuel efficient?

Of course, we could argue that space highway is kind of stupid if spaceships could just fly freely in space without needing to stick to an asphalt.  Nonetheless, space highway could function as fuel saving mechanism/system and much more.  Spiritually, space highway could function as a system that turns the idea of space city into a real community/city.  Imagine how much more expensive to build a small earth in space, and so it’s not wise to do so.  Instead, each spaceship could act like a car, home, restaurant, and so on.  The space highway then acts as a highway system that connects the necessary points in space to form a loose space city system.  From this highway, a home in space could fly from one point to another without needing to use any fuel unless the home is going to fly off the space highway system.

I think a concept of loose space city system — if it’s a reality — could turn the idea of owning a piece of real estate upside down.  After all, everything would be floating in space and won’t stay put.  Furthermore, even the highway itself could be floating continuously, albeit that it would stay in the same large vicinity in space.  Once people actually live in such a space city, people won’t be able to differentiate a house from a car, a car from a restaurant, and so forth.  After all, humans in space would be in a spaceship most of the time.  So, humans in space would think their spaceship as either a home, a car in a space highway system, a business location, a restaurant to invite other humans to come to dine and so forth.

In summary, I think when people begin to think a city in space in a loose space city system, the real estate concept would be completely different than the one that we use for cities on a planet.  Of course, humans don’t have to stick to only one type of space city.  After all, we could find a second earth and create even more cities from far away in space.  In my opinion, a loose space city system could be the extra real estate for a closeby planet.  For an example, let’s say earth would run out of space and people could create extra space real estate by creating a loose space city system just right outside of earth.