Re: poly: Re:singleton scenario & Gaia

From: Peter C. McCluskey <>
Date: Tue Apr 28 1998 - 17:38:27 PDT (d.brin) writes:
>For an illustration of Nick Bostrum's singleton scenario, resulting in a
>situation with a highly diverse internal (and mostly benign) structure, see
>the end of my novel EARTH, in which the singleton 'Gaia' takes its final
>form almost exactly as a result of the to-the-wire sort of singularity
>competition Nick describes. It includes the self-interest behavior that
>Nick describes, in which Gaia encourages competition among its sub-units
>(us) but insists on rules (e.g. ecology & fair play) for the good of the
>commons (Herself). This still leaves a lot of room for
>competition-generated advancement, one of the book's major themes.

 It's an entertaining book, but you don't provide enough info about this
Gaia to make a serious analysis possible.

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