I found the clip below over at Dave Cohen’s www.declineoftheempire.com. It’s a trailer for a National Geographic mini-series entitled “Mars”. It seems like a propaganda effort spun-out by the highly respectable National Geographic Society, now owned by Murdoch, Inc. If National Geographic is behind this then you can be sure it’s real or at least that’s the impression that millions of viewers will have. Throw in a few of the world’s “brightest” TV personalities like Elon Musk and Neal Degrasse Tyson and you have a bona-fide trip into humanity’s future.
So, I ask myself, why is the colonization of Mars being promoted while we have such profound problems associated with growth and technology here on Earth? Is it A). Because it’s what happens in the comic books and that’s as good an excuse as any. B). A cabal of cancerous corporations need to make a profit and a big government project will guarantee it. C). We’ve killed the ecosystem and must make our escape before it’s too late. D). They need to put a carrot in front of the moribund human RNA to keep them happy and working towards a future reward (which seems always to be out of reach). E). We’re really no different than a slime-mold whose individual members occasionally coalesce to form a stalk whose spores are sent into (air) space to find something new to eat. F). Accomplishing the feat of going to Mars will impress the Gods and they will save earth’s ecosystem. G). Massive debt and spending must happen to keep the financial system from imploding even thought the project doesn’t return any of the copious amounts of energy it expends.
We already have a livable planet with amazing diversity and complexity and it just happens to support us, but we couldn’t or can’t mount an incredible project (like a mission to Mars) to save it?
Below is a diagram of a mitochondrion. Among other functions it provides the ATP energy molecules for the entire cell. There are usually anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 mitochondria per cell and they must make 1-2 billion ATP molecules every couple of minutes per cell. In return we get to walk around looking for food and water and breathing air to keep them pumping out the ATP, somewhat similar to the electricity that comes from a power plant that burns fossil fuels. We could further explore mitochondria, something that inhabits every plant and animal cell instead of traveling to a dead planet or make sure every human has cells full of healthy mitochondria. But, I forgot, we really don’t give a shit about life.
Awesome cellular power plant – the Mitochondrion Project, coming to theaters soon. Watch these organelles churn out the ATP that makes your muscles move and makes the dopamine pop at the synaptic cleft as your brain makes you search and acquire new sources of fuel. Watch the mitochondria work overtime in the heads of world leaders as they burn the midnight glucose in search of new sources of oil for their technological cancers. Guest appearance of Mito-Man at theaters near you.
And therein lies the problem, we’ve been moved to another level of evolutionary competition where we function as the RNA, in cells, making tools. We have one foot in the ecosystem and one foot in the technosystem, but it’s in the technosystem where all of the rapid evolution is occurring and that’s where we’re focused to gain an advantage or at least maintain parity. Not only do we design tools to eat the ecosystem to feed the RNA humans, we imprudently mass produce novel substances and dump them into the ecosystem’s bloodstream. Proven by historical precedent, humans with an advantage tend to wipe-out less aggressive cultures or tribes and therefore we are locked into a “compete or die” dynamic. This is nothing new and is the rule in the ecosystem, but when the same dynamic takes over at our scale of operation, the likely result is extinction. We are involved in an evolutionary arms race, nation against nation, whose ever expanding populations demand cellular growth and more jobs. The technological system is embedded within the failing ecosystem because of the evolutionary competition between entities in the technological system. We seem to have no more hesitation in knocking off another nation than a robin has in eating a worm or a Penicillium mold has in killing a bacterial competitor.
Additionally, we couldn’t even make a self-contained Biosphere 2 work on this planet. Mars is only a distance of 119 million miles from earth or about 540x the distance to the moon.
I’ve come to my conclusion. The Mars mini-series is just a hope-filled, made for TV drama to keep the public entertained, befuddled and confused while everything else goes to hell.