Understanding the gathering storm of [insert favorite disaster here]
Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you — Joseph Heller (Catch-22)
I have a strange fascination with the prepper community. People who are often smart, skillful and resourceful devote a lot of time and money to keep their families safe from the apocalypse. Looking at a show like “Doomsday Preppers” reveals that such a feared apocalypse is highly idiosyncratic. There are no obvious hints to why a person chooses one disaster scenario over others. Some are concerned with an EM pulse that knocks out electrical power, for instance…
You are gripped with excitement. The kernel of an idea, a great truth or keen observation springs from your fingers.
And then… nothing.
We’ve all been there — that moment of “come on brain, is that all you’ve got for me?!”
Fortunately, we are not hostage to the staccato musings of the sponge between our ears, since we can rely on other intelligent beings. Why not ask a friend?
Better yet, why not ask an AI? They’re always available, and they don’t insist on credit.
2017 Ig Nobel prize recipient in economics for experiments to see how contact with a live crocodile affects a person’s willingness to gamble.