QuestionIf you had the power to change anything, what would you change first about the world?
      – Lee J Haywood, 2010-05-06 at 17:36:15   (14 comments)

On 2010-05-12 at 12:47:39, Thelevellers wrote...
That's impossibly hard. I'd say get rid of religion, but as South Park suggested you would end up with the same kind of idiotic fervour behind different scientific or political theories probably. Human nature just seems to like tribalism. So maybe it's human nature? But then a world of 'perfect' people would be bloody boring! As I think I come up against that issue every time with the really big changes, I think I'd go for something smaller. Maybe nuclear disarmament? But even that would require the additional multi-national agreements to keep it that way! Humans are just a bit rubbish really. You couldn't even 'fix' global warming, as then we'd continue the same way, and wait til the oil actually runs out to sort cool new tech. I'll tick with nuclear disarmament for now :)
On 2010-05-12 at 18:52:08, Lee J Haywood wrote...
<li>I suppose you could get rid of religions by wiping memories and removing religious books and symbols... plus every single reference to them in other books, etc. People who work at or study religion for a living would have pretty empty heads/lives afterwards, admittedly (unless you just remove them from existence). One of my (toy) ideas was to eliminate religions from history as and when they appear, to see what the development of the world would end up like without their influence. @Thelevellers: People still wouldn't be 'perfect' though! <li>Nuclear disarmament would be an easy one, and you could maintain it - definitely worth doing. <li>Even if you fix climate change, society is still going to suffer enormously when oil becomes scarce. You'd need to fix the climate and either provide more oil or a cushion for the transition. (Estimates of remaining 'available' oil are bogus - it's not economical to extract).
On 2010-05-12 at 18:54:05, Lee J Haywood wrote...
There's also a toss-up between the different ways of ending human suffering. Besides curing the deadliest disease and worst disabilities, there are food and water shortages, poverty and abuse/neglect to consider.
On 2010-05-12 at 20:19:28, Thelevellers wrote...
My point with mentioning human nature was that was something to change :P I agree that of my list nuclear disarmament is best way, but it would have to be with the whole caboodle of agreements and enforcement to make sure it stayed that way. Wish it could be done! :P It kinda depends on what you mean by 'change', cause one work around with global warming would be to 'insert' working fusion reactors and/or decent batteries into the world, and watch everyone ditch oil within a few years!
On 2010-05-13 at 22:31:23, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Ah, well working fusion reactions would solve a lot of problems. In particular, you'd have more than enough energy to suck all the CO₂ and CH₄ out of the atmosphere as you wanted. Changing human nature itself seems like you're crossing a line into making people something other than human. Admittedly, pretty much any change you make to people - e.g. erasing their memories or fixing disabilities - would be crossing a line as well.
On 2010-05-15 at 19:00:08, BorgClown wrote...
After reading your answers, it seems like we have to change people, not the world. I'd use my wish to change human bodies to superbodies. No sickness, impervious to natural elements and fed by light and minerals instead of food. Suddenly the world has no hunger, no thirst, no need for housing or farming. Ideally people would work not for need but for fun, although it will probably degenerate from a golden phase to our current materialistic pursue of happiness. Sure, superhumans need no food, but they want fast travel, communications, privacy, etc. Mmmh, let's purge people's emotions then, autistics FTW!
On 2010-05-16 at 08:09:32, Lee J Haywood wrote...
@BorgClown: I'm having difficulty working out what such a world would look like. If people don't have to struggle for survival, would that mean that that our worst aspects would be amplified? If we still have to work for money, would we simply use up the planet's non-renewable resources at an even faster rate? Conversely, if we didn't have to work for money would we become more violent or more vindictive towards one another. In many ways, not changing things too drastically would be the best approach. Ideally you'd want to improve the current state rather than trying to impose something radically new.
On 2010-05-17 at 08:42:55, Thelevellers wrote...
@Lee J Haywood: That's what I was thinking with fusion - it would fix one major problem we have, without completely changing everything. I think if we had a sudden change now it would lead to mega consumption - modern culture is all about material happiness as it is, so if the need for food is removed that's all there would be! Maybe we should place ourselves under benevolent alien control?! :P
On 2010-05-17 at 18:17:36, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Of course when the topic says "what would you change first" it doesn't exclude changing several things "first". Clearly it'd be better to just change everything that needs changing, but deciding what to do first gives you some focus. Not that you'll ever get to change anything. ☹
On 2010-05-17 at 19:45:53, Thelevellers wrote...
Ahhh, yes, I think I've seen a similar plot before, maybe in Stargate SG-1, as that;s the only sci-fi I've seen lots of. unless that Andromeda episode is one of the random late ones I was forced to watch by my ex... Damn you, now I want to go back to watching Andromeda, I never did finish even the first series... :(
On 2010-05-17 at 19:48:41, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I seem to recall that they stopped showing it on terrestrial TV without showing the final season. There's also the film Next, which shows multiple possible futures being tried out and rejected.
On 2010-05-17 at 19:50:52, Thelevellers wrote...
ARGH! I miss posted that! (Obviously!)
On 2010-05-17 at 19:52:58, Thelevellers wrote...
BTT: that's a good point, you could do a LOT of 'first' changes in one go... I like thinking about what I COULD change, just cause for a while I can pretend I can and be less sad about the world :P
On 2010-05-17 at 19:56:38, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I suppose if you were more like Superman than a god, you could physically put yourself at the heart of each government and make certain demands. I'm not sure how well that'd go down, however.