Consider this an anti-idea..
The Virtual Species: Post-Modernism Gets Physical
or Humanity's Launch into Hyper-Reality.. Next Stop: Oblivion
It's an interesting phenomenon whereby some people actually infiltrate home computers to install programs like SETI@home or Folding@home on them without their owners' permissions. It would invoke mixed feelings in me if it happened to me: it has all the nuisance of a trojan, but the intention behind it is different. It's something like, "I COMMAND that your computer work to serve humanity (and without your knowledge or consent)." Add to that the fact that I don't even agree with the Folding@home-and-ilk initiative, and I almost want to roll my eyes at such a person's choice to boldly get on that kind of a high horse.
I don't run Folding@home, and not because I want to save electricity, but because I don't believe in it. It's just a bunch of fucking manipulation. Einstein said, "the significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them," and I think that maxim really applies here. Forget the Power of Creation. Forget the Heart. Forget even all the modern causes of disease. Just solve the problem with manipulation. And not even physical manpilation, just some sort of abstract conceptual manipulation. But don't use human thought to do this, use computers. But don't use *one* computer, use hundreds of thousands of these silicone machines, not even individually created by humans but rather mass-produced in factories, solving our health problems by searching for virtual solutions in some ridiculously huge abstract mathematical possibility space. If the Greys really exist, and if they actually are infertile and hence creating human-Grey hybrids in order to continue their species, then this is why: they went down the same road we're going down now a long time ago.
Fuck Folding@home, Fuck Rosetta@home, Fuck Predictor@home, Fuck Foldit, and Fuck Robetta.
Fuck It Fuck It Fuck It Fuck It Fuck It!
I can feel the healing already..