Ask A Genius 300 – Edenbargain (2)

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Ask A Genius 300 – Edenbargain (2)

September 24, 2017

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Scott Douglas Jacobsen: You mean this as a metaphor, just to clarify?

Rick Rosner: Yeah. And to put it in you know less religious terms, you could say instead of God setting a place at his table, you could say that evolution has set a place for us at its table that we are very adapted, very competent, you know we have dominion over the world.  Which we shouldn’t have, you could argue that we shouldn’t have as much dominion as we do, because we are messing up a lot of stuff.  But we, you know, we are the king shits of the planet right now.  Thanks to our evolved skills.  Also thanks to our evolved skills we are about to descramble or completely understand how the brain works, how consciousness works, and incidentally how the body works.  Which will eventually lead to types of immortality.  But it also means that we will be kicked out of our evolved natural emperorship of the world.  You know we have things pretty nice, we can do what we want in the world, we have lives full of pleasures, entertainment, and good food and good sex, if we are lucky enough to live in a rich country and not a horrible situation.  Where we enjoy the fruits of dominion.  We like what we like.  We have definite likes that we have evolved as evolved creatures, that evolution wants us or driven us to certain types of food helped us survive during that period of which we evolved.  We like sex because sex carries on the species.  There is a lot of stuff that we have evolved to like, and we live in a world that has a lot of that stuff and we have the skill to make more of that stuff.  But we are about to lay ourselves bare.

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Rick Rosner

American Television Writer


Rick Rosner

Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Editor-in-Chief, In-Sight Publishing


In-Sight Publishing


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