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Initial post: Jan 10, 2012 11:21:04 AM PST
J. Westwind says:
In the not too distant future a child comes across an unfamiliar word and asks a grandparent,

"What does 'privacy' mean?"

"It's a old word from a time before everybody knew everything about everybody else; a time when some personal information
was secret."

"What does 'secret' mean?"

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 11:22:11 AM PST
J. Westwind says:
Web logs are called Blogs -- why aren't web links called Blinks -- or are they?

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 11:27:49 AM PST
J. Westwind:

Freedom is the word that kills me. It is so meaningless in so many ways. I think we are only free to have a private thought (John Stuart Mill).

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 11:28:10 AM PST
J. Westwind says:
(one more)

I asked a friend of mine what he would do if an alien space ship landed in the back field and the, seemingly friendly, occupants invited him to go with them -- he said he would go!

When I asked a grocery store clerk the same question, he also said, Yes. Would you go? Don't think I would if I had a choice.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2012 11:32:21 AM PST
For J. Westwind:

I would not go. I would feel like one of those turtles on ship waiting to be turned into soup.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2012 11:33:59 AM PST
Oh, and by the way, I am most appreciative that you were kind enough to read a couple of my novels. I consider you to be a friend.

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 11:44:14 AM PST
D. Mulhollen says:
The "Us" faction hold their privacy very deeply, but feel the "Them" faction deserve none--as they are not true (fill in nationality or religion here). This shows a major flaw in human nature.

Freedom is an odd word, but when compared to conditions in Bourbon France or Hapsburg Austria, people in much of the world today do have more freedoms--to travel, to publish, to publicly express religious opinions contrary to the state religion. If this were Inquisition-era Spain, a good many posters to this forum would be tracked down, tortured, and executed.

The spaceship thing, I'd be too worried about ending up as lunch to go.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2012 11:59:11 AM PST
We do have more freedoms here than in some countries, but our freedoms are quite limited in so many ways.

If a space ship did show up, I would be more worried about how many bullets I had and how much food I had and so on than I would be about trying to be friends with an alien life form. I would be getting out of Dodge.

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 12:33:28 PM PST
I never understood why an alien race with the technological ability for interstellar travel can only learn about humans from sticking probes up our bums............Don't they have tricorders like on "Star Trek" or something less invasive????

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 12:40:51 PM PST
I read in yesterday's paper that the Federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has permitted a lawsuit to go forward challenging NSA's intercepts of telecommunications. Although one would like to be able to rely on privacy in such, the realities of today's world render this problematic. I see no clear-cut answers here.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2012 12:44:02 PM PST
dischism says:
Yep, it's the probe thing that would make me think twice. ;)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2012 1:03:24 PM PST
J. Westwind,

Let's give your question some quick thought:

You'll have noticed that some posters assume the "angelic" nature (they're friendly, noble, wise, etc.) of such aliens while others assume their "demonic" nature (they're destructive, murderous, etc.).

What might fall between such extremes? Well, virtually anything. They might be "exobiologists" looking for different life forms for their zoo or for experimentation, but this is the only "middle way" variation I can think of within my human conditioning. An alien intelligence might have alternatives that we can't imagine, depending on whatever biological, sociological, or technological kinds of needs they might have.

Would I go with them? It's difficult to say but, since I doubt they could anticipate all of my needs and might, inadvertently, subject me to some extremely difficult situations, I'd be inclined to stay at home (though it pains me to confess as much).

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 1:27:28 PM PST
Random thought:
If you could know what your future holds, would you want to know?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2012 1:38:11 PM PST
No way.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2012 1:40:05 PM PST
dischism says:Yep, it's the probe thing that would make me think twice.

I read that as J Westwind's Blink twice. In case tears came to the eyes, no doubt.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2012 1:48:16 PM PST
sfon says:
Glad to be Gaelic says: "I never understood why an alien race with the technological ability for interstellar travel can only learn about humans from sticking probes up our bums............Don't they have tricorders like on "Star Trek" or something less invasive????"

I hate to tell you this, Gaelic, but those weren't aliens. Is that what they told you?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2012 2:00:33 PM PST
Whaa........? You mean....? They were just costumes?????

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2012 2:05:08 PM PST
D. Mulhollen says:
...apparently very good costumes at that.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2012 2:08:45 PM PST
I,,,,I feel so dirty now......

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2012 2:54:04 PM PST
Me, neither.
But I have a terrible and embarrassing confession: I am one of those people who reads the end of books to see if I want to spend time reading the whole thing. Can't do that with life, though. I'd like to know that I'll get THROUGH the bad stuff, but I don't want to know what the bad stuff is...

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2012 2:55:13 PM PST
They told me I was special.
Was that a lie, too?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2012 3:04:51 PM PST
But what if "To Serve Man" is a cookbook?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2012 4:38:48 PM PST
So they're recreating the Big Bang in that 17-mile long thing in Switzerland. Very cool.
So what was before the Big Bang?
Or... is time just a human concept?
Was there ever really a beginning?
We know - or, at least, *I"M* pretty sure that it isn't "turtles all the way down" - but...? Were there always photons and energy and... where did it come from? Or... maybe it didn't come from anywhere? Maybe it just is? Man, I can't even begin to wrap my head around this stuff...

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2012 4:54:14 PM PST
S. Evans says:
Maybe it all started in the CERN?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2012 5:02:29 PM PST
J. Westwind says:
Exactly, and where the *blip* do these random thoughts come from? (dangling...)
Isn't it interesting that we can come up with questions that we have no definite answers for (for which we have no definite answers, dang danglers!!)
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