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February 24, 2012

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Min

And your very own Downton Abbey paper dolls.

Just what I need for my Maggie Smith shrine.

Wm T Sherman

Re: "It's always been getting worse."

Yeah, but this time it's for real.

Things actually do fall apart from time to time. Sometimes an unimaginable future lies on the other side of an information-destroying wormhole. Mass gets through, but the identity of a people is left on the near side. For better or for worse, Rome completely disintegrated and its language is nearly a dead one.

I suppose it won't be as total as that. Unless say, for example, a certain hypothetical religion that is so jealous of the successes of other cultures that it must dynamite their statues and repopulate their stories with heroes of its own, fulfills its destiny, covers the world like an old time Sherwin Williams paint advertisement, and makes a sacrament out of finding and destroying books, memory sticks and CDs that record the world that was. That could be a real discontinuity in civilizations, as well as a challenge for anthropologists of some distant future time.

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