SCIOPS 01.15: Planetary Freakout

Hi everybody! I’m headed into the forest for a couple weeks of info-detox. SCIOPS will be on hiatus until I return in July.

I want to leave you with this thought I’ve been chewing on:

The human species is going through a planetary freakout triggered by the atemporal medium of the Internet. It’s changing the nature of war, of love, of community. Human social dynamics evolved in groups of roughly 150 people. Now we’re constantly and instantaneously interacting with the entire species, worldwide.

We’re in an identity crisis as a species. The meme war that will dominate the 21st century is a symptom of this psychological breakdown. We’re redefining our physical, embodied identities to match our ethereal cyber-selves. The old gods, the forces of nationalism and race and religion, dissolve in the electronic aether. We can’t maintain the old stories anymore. We have to build new ones.

The next few decades will be a race to define the history of the future. We’re in futurity crisis right now, and those with the courage to face it will set the pattern for thousands of years of human and post-human existence.

Merry Prankster and futurist Stewart Brand saw this coming. In the 1960’s and 70’s he campaigned for NASA to release the Blue Marble photo of Earth, which then became the icon of his Whole Earth Catalog.

first full picture of Earth from space

And as he said in the very first issue of Whole Earth,

“We are as gods and might as well get good at it.”

Thanks for reading.

– Max


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