History Analysis / HumansAreCthulhu

2nd Feb '16 5:21:44 PM ading
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The idea that people in the olden times couldn't have comprehended a society with different values to them is ludicrous, and most of this technology existed in some form back then, even if it wasn't common.
* Humanity's continued social and technological evolution means that, from the point of view of Lovecraft himself or one of his social contemporaries, we have become Cthulhu by way of TranshumanAliens. Think about it: our present day society would be incomprehensible to Lovecraft due to sheer ValuesDissonance, what with our promotion of multiculturalism, lack of an established aristocratic social caste, freedom of speech, casual acceptance of what would be horrific licentiousness and immorality (we let women walk around in skimpy clothes, there are open same-sex couples, no official stigma against mixed-race couples). And then there's our scientific advances. We have machines that can carry us around the world in a few hours. We've been to the moon and back, and sent machines that send us information back as far as Pluto. We can unleash weapons capable of leaving entire cities obliterated and render enormous swathes of countryside a toxic wasteland that leaves future generations sickened and deformed, and these weapons can be sent all around the world with the touch of a button (intercontinental missiles, nuclear warheads). We have machines that can tap into all human knowledge ever developed, every film, every novel, every piece of art, everything man has ever produced can be seen and possibly replicated by anyone with the right knowledge and one of these machines (read: computers and the internet). We've evolved into something that would almost be as alien to Lovecraft's protagonists as the monsters he wrote about.
12th Dec '15 11:40:14 AM arcada188
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** Similarly, what do birds think of human music? Even wind instruments like flutes probably sound like close, but [[UncannyValley "off"]], birdsong. Other instruments are probably perceived as outright {{Black Speech}}.
11th Dec '15 9:44:03 AM arcada188
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** What's scariest of all for a deer is that humans don't "play by the rules" when they hunt, or at least, not by any rules that animals would recognize. Your average predator wolves, bears, etc. will go for the easy kill, cutting the slowest or weakest from the herd. Humans don't do that. Humans have the means and in the case of a sport hunter, the motivation to kill the strongest member of the herd. Imagine being the alpha male stag of your herd. You're fast enough to outrun most of the predators in your world, and if need be, big enough and strong enough to fend them off. Not only is that of no use against a human hunter, but in fact, being the biggest and strongest makes you a target, because you'll make a nice trophy on the hunter's wall and a nice story for him to tell his buddies over drinks. Think of how little sense that makes to a deer. And most likely, the deer won't even see this incomprehensible predator coming; just a loud noise, a sharp pain in the shoulder, and it's over. Millions of years of natural selection have been turned upside down overnight by big game hunting, to the point where being smaller and weaker is now an evolutionary advantage for many game animals.
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** What's scariest of all for a deer is that humans don't "play by the rules" when they hunt, or at least, not by any rules that animals would recognize. Your average predator wolves, bears, etc. will go for the easy kill, cutting the slowest or weakest from the herd. Humans don't do that. Humans have the means and in the case of a sport hunter, the motivation to kill the strongest member of the herd. Imagine being the alpha male stag of your herd. You're fast enough to outrun most of the predators in your world, and if need be, big enough and strong enough to fend them off. Not only is that of no use against a human hunter, but in fact, being the biggest and strongest makes you a target, ''a target'', because you'll make a nice trophy on the hunter's wall and a nice story for him to tell his buddies over drinks. Think of how little sense that makes to a deer. And most likely, the deer won't even see this incomprehensible predator coming; just a loud noise, a sharp pain in the shoulder, and it's over. Millions of years of natural selection have been turned upside down overnight by big game hunting, to the point where being smaller ''smaller and weaker weaker'' is now an evolutionary advantage for many game animals.
11th Dec '15 9:43:10 AM arcada188
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** What's scariest of all for a deer is that humans don't "play by the rules" when they hunt, or at least, not by any rules that animals would recognize. Your average predator wolves, bears, etc. will go for the easy kill, cutting the slowest or weakest from the herd. Humans don't do that. Humans have the means and in the case of a sport hunter, the motivation to kill the strongest member of the herd. Imagine being the alpha male stag of your herd. You're fast enough to outrun most of the predators in your world, and if need be, big enough and strong enough to fend them off. Not only is that of no use against a human hunter, but in fact, being the biggest and strongest makes you a target, because you'll make a nice trophy on the hunter's wall and a nice story for him to tell his buddies over drinks. Think of how little sense that makes to a deer. And most likely, the deer won't even see this incomprehensible predator coming; just a loud noise, a sharp pain in the shoulder, and it's over. Millions of years of natural selection have been turned upside down overnight by big game hunting, to the point where being smaller and weaker is now an evolutionary advantage for many game animals.
29th Nov '15 10:27:50 AM AHI-3000
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* Humanity's continued social and technological evolution means that, from the point of view of Lovecraft himself or one of his social contemporaries, we have become Cthulhu by way of TranshumanAliens. Think about it: our present day society would be incomprehensible to Lovecraft due to sheer ValuesDissonance, what with our promotion of multiculturalism, lack of an established aristocratic social caste, freedom of speech, casual acceptance of what would be horrific licentiousness and immorality (we let women walk around in skimpy clothes, there are open same-sex couples, no official stigma against mixed-race couples). And then there's our scientific advances. We have machines that can carry us around the world in a few hours. We've been to the moon and back, and sent machines that send us information back as far as Pluto. We can unleash weapons capable of leaving entire cities obliterated and render enormous swathes of countryside a toxic wasteland that leaves future generations sickened and deformed, and these weapons can be sent all around the world with the touch of a button (intercontinental missiles, nuclear warheads). We have machines that can tap into all human knowledge ever developed, every film, every novel, every piece of art, everything man has ever produced can be seen and possibly replicated by anyone with the right knowledge and one of these machines (read: computers and the internet). We've evolved into something that would almost be as alien to Lovecraft's protagonists as the monsters he wrote about.
15th Nov '15 11:28:28 AM AHI-3000
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** There's a theory that dinosaurs simply couldn't survive in the climate of modern Earth: the climate of their day was warmer, wetter, and more oxygenated. For a dinosaur to be transported to the modern day would be like a human being transported to Mars. The air is deathly cold. You can barely breathe. You probably can't even hear anything, due to your eardrums being designed for a thicker atmosphere. And you're surrounded by these strange little creatures that seem to ''thrive'' in the very conditions that render you helpless. Imagine that. In your own world, you are the undisputed top of the food chain. Here you can't move, can't hear, can't see. You're at the mercy of these ghoulish, alien... ''things''. ** It gets worse: imagine as a dinosaur, you find out just what these great mechanical beasts [[PoweredByAForsakenChild use for fuel]]. ''Sweet Dino-Jesus''... ** Oh, and those bipedal naked things that somehow ruled the world? They are the descendants of those little furry things that you either ate or barely paid attention to. It's the dinosaur equivalent of the Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes, only much worse.
21st Oct '15 10:46:26 AM AHI-3000
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* Imagine if an extinct animal such as a dinosaur were to somehow get transported forward millions of years into our time. At least animals today are used to living alongside the abominations that call themselves ''Homo sapiens''. To a dinosaur, everything about the 21st century would be alien. [[CoolPlane Gigantic metal pterosaurs soar thousands of feet in the air]], brick trees many stories high tower above a concrete ground, and [[CoolCar shiny metal dinosaurs zoom through these strange forests at impossible speeds, and feed on deadly liquids]]. You then discover the puny but threatening bipedal aliens that are the top predators of this world, and find out that these creatures [[AGodAmI build monuments to worship the petrified skeletons of your kin]]. Were you able to grasp exactly what was happening, you would find the notion very creepy. Little do you know that this world is your own planet, but in a distant future, separated from your own era by spans of time orders of magnitude too immense for you to fathom. If you were capable of grasping the truth of this eldritch future, it would break your fruit-sized brain.
19th Oct '15 10:40:40 AM AHI-3000
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*** 4 of the 6 most common elements in the Universe are Hydrogen, Oxygen, Carbon, and Iron (in that order). #2 is Helium and #5 is Neon, and both are inert. Life as we know it needs all four non-inert ones. Most alternate forms of life we imagine that aren't Carbon-based would need chemistry that uses Lithium in place of Hydrogen, Silicon in place of Carbon, Sulphur in place of Oxygen, and/or Phosphorous in place of Nitrogen along with very high temperatures and a near total absence of both Hydrogen and Oxygen. ** Of course, the environment of those aliens would be just as deadly to us as ours is to them...
19th Oct '15 10:29:10 AM AHI-3000
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* Other primates, great apes in particular, probably see us as their equivalent of a HumanoidAbomination. Just think of what it must be like to be a chimp or a gorilla in a zoo. You're in a cruelly small space that looks uncannily like your natural habitat, but beyond is a void filled with creatures that ''look just like you''. And they just stand there, zombie-like, ''watching you forever''. ** It's even worse than that for other great apes. Kanzi is a bonobo smart enough to learn human sign language from a Gorilla and communicate it back to his handlers. For Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Bonobos, and Orangatangs we look strange, walk funny, make weird sounds they can't make, and have social customs that are completely alien to them.
19th Oct '15 10:24:56 AM AHI-3000
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