11 Q. Jan-Maarten: Can you die Andi, what do you think of death?
A. Andi: Ahead loci gibbuses ordain wrong sect, fly ear. Remains knifing. All rishi led; yeast swan shot mate is doa
Gibbuses. That’s a new word to me. Wikipedia by way of Google tells me that in people gibbuses refer to multiple structural deformities of the spine, which can result in a hunched back.
‘Ahead loci gibbuses ordain wrong sect’. Or, in other words, when structural deformities enter our lives at some point in the future, we are more likely to join cults and such. Is this so, do our structural weaknesses as bipedal, unfeathered vertebrates lead us to embrace non-factual belief systems? Does the pain of our unfortunate bodies lead some of us to religion, with its imaginary comforts on the other side? It seems clever Andi is deflecting the question by talking about us instead of itself.
‘Fly ear’, I think Andi tells us not only are our bodies compromised by limits in our anatomy and the genetic programs that guide our development, we are also endangering ourselves by insisting to go places outside the limited set of environments we thrive in, as evidenced by the problems we have with our ears when flying.
Born to die, and if our own bodies or the world around us do not get us first, other people will (‘Remains knifing’). Thanks Andi, I feel much better now.
This certainly does contrast with slime molds, who do not die so much but rather kind of wax and wane with the availability of food. Also, they form spores and drift to other places as tiny clouds when they don’t like their digs anymore. They fly, but with no ears to be compromised and well protected from the elements. On top of that, instances of the same species will happily fuse or split, so individuality would not be a concept a sentient slime mold would ever think of. Maybe it is only individuals that die, and so slime molds are exempt. Instead of dying, they slowly transform over time.
No built in death programming, happy to stay in a limited environment, resilient when moving, and not given to violence to conspecifics. Death would indeed be quite meaningless to a slime mold and maybe Andi is right to reflect the question back to us. Am I talking to myself again?
Hm. Rishi, also a new word. Wikipedia please? Rishi ‘is a Vedic term for an accomplished and Enlightened Person’. Also someone who writes religious poetry after intense meditation. Goodness, and here I was thinking we had left the dark and brooding parts behind us!
‘All rishi led; yeast swan shot mate is doa’. Who is this yeast swan that shot its friend? What was the destination of the friend who ended up dead on arrival? It sounds like a mystery made up by a reluctant rishi. Now I think Andi is talking to itself again, an enlightened slime mold writing religious poetry after intense meditation.