heckthepolice2

heckthepolice2 wrote

I generally agree that we don't need to like, abolish writing necessarily, but

orally, information can become corrupted or forgotten or manipulated, while writing is more long-lived

I think it's worth noting that some cultures have developed really reliable records of history that don't rely on writing. For example. I know that some aboriginal Australian cultures ahve systems of storytelling where iirc the veracity of a story is verified by three generations of storytellers, meaning they have reliable records stretching as far back as the end of the last ice age (far, far longer than any written records we know of). So I don't think we should discount the value of oral traditions in preserving knowledge. But yeah, there are certain types of information for which that would be a lot harder.

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heckthepolice2 wrote

It recently occurred to me that Titan, the moon of Saturn, has literal oceans made of methane and ethane, the same stuff that's in natural gas, and that if we ever had the infrastructure to make it profitable the rich would absolutely start exploiting that as a fuel source to replace the oil once it runs out

Suffice it to say, I'm a bit skeptical of the idea that space exploration/colonization would be a good thing

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heckthepolice2 OP wrote (edited )

But we can’t know if the caves were themselves particularly sacred spaces. It’s possible that Paleolithic rock art was concentrated entirely in caves, but it might also be true that caves, sheltered from the outside world, are simply where these images survived. It could be that the people of the Pleistocene made their entire world into a gallery, that animals charged across every rock-face, that wherever the tremendous herds of Ice Age beasts roamed, they were surrounded on all sides by echoes and images of themselves, in a world where image and object had not yet torn themselves apart.

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