Monthly Archives: January 2020

Quora – How do we know about climate change?

How do we know about climate change? [27/1/20] Lots of work by lots of people. The evidence sets are vast and old. The earliest link I can find to it was published on page 7 of the Rodney and Otamatea … Continue reading

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War on Sensemaking 3, the Infinite Game: Jamie Wheal

War on Sensemaking 3, the Infinite Game: Jamie Wheal [26/1/20] Some good ideas and interesting perspectives, but from my perspective crippled by too many errors. And I don’t want to be an example of the thing he spoke about – … Continue reading

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Quora – How do we reduce the impact of climate change?

Quora – How do we reduce the impact of climate change? [26/1/20] Four major classes of options available to us: 1/ Reduce the sources of CO2; 2/ Increase the set of sinks that reduce CO2; 3/ Develop technology to control … Continue reading

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Quora – Why are many informed people concerned about our future and that of the earth?

Quora – Why are many informed people concerned about our future and that of the earth? That very much depends on what you mean by the question. What are the implicit assumptions behind the words in use? Words are symbols … Continue reading

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Quora – Do you accept the paradox, ‘if you want world peace, you have to fight for it’?

Quora – Do you accept the paradox, ‘if you want world peace, you have to fight for it’? [26/1/20] Agree with Peter Tatford. Fight here has at least two very different classes of meanings, as does peace. Peace can be … Continue reading

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Quora – Is human well-being just a matter of getting everyone to share one ideology?

We view our own and only our own political ideologies as the best for human happiness, but isn’t the case with each ideology that if we all shared it, we’d all be happy? Is human well-being just a matter of … Continue reading

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Quora – What do you expect to see in the next 50 years that most people would never expect?

Quora – What do you expect to see in the next 50 years that most people would never expect? Quite a few things: Indefinite life extension. Within 50 years we will be well past “longevity escape velocity”, which is to … Continue reading

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Quora – With a 6 billion world population, is there a number calculated beyond which Earth cannot support them with resources?

With a 6 billion world population, is there a number calculated beyond which Earth cannot support them with resources? [22/1/20] Let us do some simple first principles calculations. Current population is closer to 8 billion than 6. Assume that for … Continue reading

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Adventure Awaits

Adventure Awaits Do you have up-and-coming travel plans? Hi Laurie, Depends what you mean. I’m not a great one for long distance (overseas) travel, but I have been known to drive 21 out of 24 hours a couple of times, … Continue reading

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Evonomics – The Future of Work, Robotization, and Capitalism’s Ability to Generate Useless Jobs

Evonomics – The Future of Work, Robotization, and Capitalism’s Ability to Generate Useless Jobs [21/1/20 – continuation of a 2 year old thread] If you could be certain that all the “artistic people” would receive enough money to live comfortably, … Continue reading

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