Aren’t we mortal, fragile and perhaps a little afraid?
We’ve tested our theories about the origin of our universe and seen what happened 13.8 years billion ago. We’re proud of our ability to predict the past.
Our predictions for the future are less precise. One among many challenges, we store the waste from nuclear reactors even though Uranium-235 has a half-life of 700 million years, more or less the duration of life on this planet to date.
Perhaps James Lovelock was right when he proposed that neither DNA nor language but communication is the universal purpose.
He also suggested that our minds may soon become computerised. If that happens, perhaps the computers that we will become won’t care much about preserving a sustainable environment on this planet for such fragile life forms as we have been. We’ll have become more robust, poised for expansion out from this planet into the wider cosmos. Or will we?
Moyra Donaldson, Bone House – page 23 Made Flesh – ‘mortal, fragile, afraid’ (Doire Press, 2021)
James Lovelock, Novacene: The Coming Age of Hyperintelligence (Allen Lane, 2019)
Gallery: Impermanent Images – some of the ideas behind and within the photographs, presented as a photo gallery to complement the chapbook.
The Bracket Books chapbooks are available for online purchase through FabHappy and TheUpliftKit but perhaps you’d prefer to enquire here. They’re being issued by the calendar month, each edition in 2022 limited to 100 copies, each copy uniquely numbered and posted at the end of each month.
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