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Q: I read one of your earliest posts on this subject and you said the three prime indicators of a species in crisis were increased aggression, sexual/reproductive dysfunction and disease. Is that what I am hearing now?

MA: You got it. When I speak of perceptions of reality this is a prime example.

It is imperative that you be able to look back on the patterns that we know are factual and make reasonable projections or observations about our future.

Q: While MA went to get us another round of drinks, I could feel the sugar rush fading away and just a hint of the Turkey Sleep thing coming on. It was now dark outside and the fire was roaring hot. It is terribly frustrating for her to be able to explain all that in such a concise and reasoned manor while I spent weeks writing a bunch of dribble that is - honestly - a bit embarrassing at this point. I understand what she is saying - how could you not. But I need more from her. She is not being as open as she once was with me about this. I think I know why.

(MA said good night to her housekeeper and came back to the study and smiled at me with that teacher to student smile that is so warm and intelligent. Sometimes a writer labors over his work and sometimes it is the greatest joy on earth. I would not, for any measure you could offer, change my trade. How I got to this point from an article about the revolution in the New Media is very odd, but none the less here I am in front of the fire in the high sierra desert with the most remarkable person I have ever known.

Because I write for so many science editors, it is fair to say that I have seen my share of bright bulbs. But the steel and wit of this woman defies any conceptions you might have about her age. I told you the Turkey was getting to me - just was daydreaming about the task and not really doing the work. One of my less attractive traits. I gathered my thoughts and chose my words.)

Q: MA when we first met at the cabin you told me that you had grave concerns about our near future as a species. Is that still your position?

MA: Yes it is.

Q: When you try and discuss it with people do they think you are odd?

(I saw a look on her face that I am not certain I had ever seen - just a hint of a raised eyebrow and a small shadow of doubt quickly passed over her)

MA: Why do you ask?

Q: Because I believe that you see way more than you have ever discussed with me and that you are super careful not to disclose any of these premonitions/projections with anyone - because people are largely idiots.

MA: People are not idiots.

Q: Yes they are MA, if you in any way upset their perfect little vision of reality they get defensive and nasty. Now I am not saying the people who read your threads are like that, but those folks are a very very small minority of the population Your everyday Joe wants to hear about how hope and love always conquer and if you tell some people the truths they do not want to hear - they will get violent. That is why I say that.

I am not telling you something you don't know. You live the recluse lifestyle and keep your own counsel because your true thoughts disturb people.

Q: She looked at me very hard for a long time, not a pleasant experience to be on the receiving end of that gaze. I think in that moment the scientist in her was shining and it was doing a very careful examination of the specimen - and that speciemen was me...
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