Main Entry: 2weird
1 : of, relating to, or caused by witchcraft or the supernatural : MAGICAL
2 : of strange or extraordinary character : ODD, FANTASTIC
synonyms WEIRD, EERIE, UNCANNY mean mysteriously strange or fantastic. WEIRD may imply an unearthly or supernatural strangeness or it may stress queerness or oddness
Although I wonder why people do not just ask about connections being made or patterns being used that they do not understand. It may be that some minds are trying to wire their neural nets to make some connections by intelligent design. It makes you think.
At any rate, I'm not weird, only my words are. My words may tell you about the future and other things that do not exist, which may be what gets spooky for some. So you can comfort your Self with the fact that such weird things as the future do not even exist now. After all, why concern yourself with things that do not exist?
(The Human-Techno Future: How Weird? How Soon?
By Sean Markey
National Geographic News, August 3, 2005)
In his new book, Radical Evolution: The Promise and Peril of Enhancing Our Minds, Our Bodies—And What It Means to Be Human, (Random House, 2005), author Joel Garreau describes research so cutting edge it seems mind-boggling:
• A telekinetic monkey at Duke University in North Carolina uses its mind to move a robotic arm 600 miles (a thousand kilometers) away in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
• At a Pentagon R-and-D facility in Virginia, program managers aim to create the ultimate warriors—soldiers that can fight without sleeping, tell their bodies to stop bleeding, and regrow lost hands and limbs.
Garreau notes that regular doublings in computing power are driving unprecedented advances in genetics, robotics, information systems, and nanotechnology. These "GRIN" technologies are following a curve of exponential growth that could redefine life as we know it within 10-20 years.
Note the ahistorical view typical to socialists: "The Christians speak of heaven but we will bring heaven on earth." It is typical to those who believe that Nature defines human meaning/spirit:
In the heaven scenario that Ray and others portray, what happens is that the curve goes straight up, and there're all sorts of wonderful technological changes that solve all sorts of problems that have plagued mankind forever. This produces a change in what it means to be human that is basically good. As Ray describes it, it's essentially indistinguishable from the Christian version of heaven. [Except that Good and Evil are not even dealt with, essentially, which always leads to evil living as a virus on the Good.](Ib.)
Ray, for example, doesn't think he's going to die. He takes 250 pills a day. And his view of it is that if you can stay healthy for the next 20 years, the curve of technological change will be advancing so rapidly that an awful lot of what ails [us we] will essentially be able to conquer.
Or hell, which if given increasing Naturalism and a decline of Spirit is the historical pattern:
The poster boy for the hell scenario is Bill Joy, who invented [much] of what makes the Internet work—another big-deal technologist, heavy dude.What is really amazing is how when things get bad, then suddenly everyone is more interested in philosophy and religion and the many things that do not exist now, like the future.
He's looking at the same information about this curve of technological change, and he's saying, Wait a minute. This could go just the opposite way. He says with the GRIN technologies, what you're doing is offering incredible powers to ordinary individuals. Some of them are bound to be nuts, you know. What's going to happen as a result?
One of the things that drives him nuts, for example, is the Australian mouse pox incident. [...]
They made one small change in the genetic structure in this mousepox virus, and the resulting organism was 100 percent fatal to the mice, no survivors. They all died. Researchers had never seen anything like this before. That just doesn't happen.
It was amazing how bad this change was.
...then they published the results on the Internet, where anybody who'd wanted to could look it up and see what they'd done and how they'd done it.
And this just drives Bill Joy nuts. He says, "Well, if you handed a million people their own private atomic bomb, do you suppose one of them would be crazy enough to use it?"