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Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Very Serious Futurologists Bravely Endorse Yet Another Thing That Doesn’t Exist
The headline: IEET Readers Endorse Wide Availability of Morality Pills. Drilling down, we find that 28% of respondents want these non-existing “morality pills” made available over the counter without a prescription, 26% want the non-existing “morality pills” put directly in the water supply (yes, you read that right), 20% want the non-existing “morality pills” made readily available through health insurance, while 19% want the non-existing “morality pills” made available by prescription for people with unspecified “personality problems” (presumably this would be the "moderate-middle" Robot Cult contingent). There’s no point even beginning to ask whether these “morality pills” are safe for everybody who might take them in combination with everything else people might be taking since none of this exists to assess. Even if I try to treat this sort of futurological speculation as I usually do, as a kind of skewed or allegorical reflection on anxieties and hopes occasioned by actually-existing current issues (all of which would be better dealt with on their actual terms), I am at a bit of a loss to figure out how the mapping is supposed to be operating here exactly -- I mean, is it like stealth pro-ritalin advocacy? is it an endorsement of enforced counseling for folks who get red flags for anger-management issues? is it a subtle dig at Bircher anti-fluoridation paranoia? Who can say with these Robot Cultists? Sheesh!