Time & Space

3:07 p.m., January 3

Friday, 3:07 p.m., January 3; Iphone

Finding Now

Finding Now

Well, yes ­– exactly – that is the problem.

All travelers experience it

at each step on the Way. Is it

here, there, up, down,

backwards, forwards, all around,

or somewhere else? How are we to know,

if it doesn’t tell us so?

We all have our maps, but they are the

artifacts rubbing our noses in it.

My worn map I drew myself. I traced

a line from Birchman Street in Fort Worth

through dark caves as a Boy Scout, to Saigon

(and flowing dresses) to Ubon and

Thailand’s temples to Third Street in Denton –

a college town – to Dallas (there’s the dead president)

to Arlington to Thailand again and Laddawan – to Denton

(the college town again) to Waco – a crazy town –

to Alpine and the airy Big Bend where I met and lost

so many friends, to here and now in Chiang Mai.

Ok, just breathe deep and let go.

That’s as close as I can get to it.

to the future?

An institute affiliated with Oxford University is studying the future with the goal of making some fairly rational predictions of where humans might be in hundreds of thousands, millions and billions of years from now––not an easy task to be sure with no real guarantee that humans, at least as we know them, will continue to exist.  An interesting article which sketches some possibilities can be found here, but first read the quotation below:

Only 0.01 percent of all species that have ever existed continue to do so. We happen to be one of them, for now. When Rees looked at the myriad ways in which the present is more perilous than the past in his 2003 book “Our Final Hour,” he set the odds of human extinction in the next century at 50 percent.

Bostrom, the Oxford philosopher, puts the odds at about 25 percent, and says that many of the greatest risks for human survival are ones that could play themselves out within the scope of current human lifetimes. “The next hundred years or so might be critical for humanity,” Bostrom says, listing as possible threats the usual apocalyptic litany of nuclear annihilation, man-made or natural viruses and bacteria, or other technological threats, such as microscopic machines, or nanobots, that run amok and kill us all.

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Monday, 10:34 a.m., two shadows and a dog on the road. (Iphone photograph)

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friday, 1:08 p.m., a Bird of Paradise in flower (Iphone photograph)

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Sunday, 3:45 p.m., a withered plant in the city (Iphone photograph)

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Saturday, 9:05 a.m.: A Spotted Dove flies no more. (Iphone photograph)


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Saturday, Sept. 11, two leaves (Iphone photograph)

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July 15, 9:46 a.m.; Katy & Susan. There’s never been a bad picture of dogs or cats. (Iphone photograph)

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July 6, 3:44 p.m., moulding bas relief of traditional village life on temple stairs in Mae Lim, Thailand. (Iphone photograph)