Why all the Gold? I'm interested in connections to deep time, in symbols and experiences that transcend narrow, often culturally specific views of Now. All the gold on Earth was created in stars that died before ours was born. Horseshoe crabs have been on Earth for 450 million years. Humpback whales appear to have language, our machines are learning. Let's speculate about the future, about life beyond the anthropocene, about how sentience and consciousness might appear elsewhere in the universe.