So Many pathways

So many pathways… I’m busy battling along with Steam-mole, with of course issue of finance bubbling away in my head too. It’s one of those how can this not affect you scenarios. To add insult to injury, I seem to be sick too. Still, the Cuttlefish/steam-mole universe is a fascinating world – a world which began to diverge at the beginning of the 20th century. It has like so many of the universes I find myself building all too many possible pathways – like some vast game of chess, where one technological direction follow could change so much. I often wonder just what we’ve missed by the fairly narrow paths followed in science. Take the Oswald process… without Ammonia synthesis, of far less relevance.

And then the ecology of a world that much hotter… so many pathways. Do feedback loops exist that trap biospheres within ranges? And societies — what does abandonment do to the regard for authority (after all, when the chips are down, we call for the SES, the cops, the army. What does it do to a society where constituted authority ordered them out?

I need a bigger mind

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  1. Ori Pomerantz

    The last paragraph reminds me of Britain in late Roman times when the central government ordered the legions to come protect more valuable provinces. I assume people formed their own forces.

    • Very like, indeed, Ori. Except this was a natural disaster, and thus police who as far as the locals who stayed and survived were concerned, ran away. Doesn’t make them ‘most loved.’

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