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Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Wednesday August 18, 2004. To Pillsbury House, where I did data entry for the Community Barter Network and Pillsbury House's volunteer program.

They've hired a new Volunteer Coordinator. Good news; the job has been vacant for a while, with other people doing bits of it in their spare time.

***New word of the day: phytoneurology; the study of plant nervous systems. Thanks to my subconscious for coming up with that one.

On the other hand, it also came up with "Coca-Cola Postmodern."
Thinking out a society: Twenty percent of the local population is "experimentals" -- they were gene-engineered and brought up to be an advance on "wild" humans. (While most were designed to rule, some were designed to be good serfs and servants.) About half still belong to the groups they were born into. The others have left, or are survivors of
groups which imploded.

There are also "designer kids" -- designed individually or in small batches to the specifications of one set of parents.

They aren't superior to "wild" humans, for the most part. Partly because most ideas of what would produce people better at certain things are wrong. Partly because the general population has undergone genetic upgrading to eliminate hereditary disease.

But also: the experimentals aren't good at working with people who having been raised in the same sub-societies they were. And belief in their superiority comes across to the people they feel superior to.

And the designer kids mostly have dysfunctional parents.
Writing: daily exercise -- Done; see above.

"They Might Be Windmills" -- The above is background for that story; but I probably shouldn't count it twice.

"History Line" --
"Port Useless" --
"Well Met, Well Met, My Own True Love" --
Decluttering: Some things donated. Some things put in the trash.

Mindwork: Mini-meditations

Bodywork: Working at more awareness of my body.
From Google News:
Major nations' population expected to fall by 2050
Casa Grande Valley Newspapers - 2 hours ago
The annual study by the private Population Reference Bureau found that, while the world's population will increase nearly 50 percent by mid-century, Japan will lose 20 percent of its population in the next 45 years, while Russia, Germany and Italy will ...
British population forecast to rise to 65.4m by 2050 The Scotsman
World population to double by 2050, says report IrishExaminer.com (subscription)
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