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About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money

Would it be unethical to say that there are too many people on Earth?

Would it be unethical to say that there are too many people on Earth? [ 22/April/21 ] At present – yes. That would imply one valued some other metric higher than individual life and security, and the long term probability … Continue reading

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Are there too many people in the world for it to survive without radical social change?

Are there too many people in the world for it to survive without radical social change? [ 22/April/21 ] The number of people present is not yet the major driver for social change, and it is rapidly growing in importance. … Continue reading

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Response to Elon’s – maximize freedom – comment

Comment to Elon Musk – My Final Warning [ 21/April/21 ] Maximizing freedom is self terminating. What is needed is to maximize freedom with minimal risk to life. Every level of structure has necessary constraints required to support that level … Continue reading

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Not knowing

[Foundations of Logic – Feynmann quote – Its ok to say I don’t know!] [ 21/April/21 Its ok to say “I don’t know!” There is no shame in that! The only shame is to pretend that we know everything.] We … Continue reading

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What is the central theme that makes up the moral law that governs the earth and the earth itself and inhabitants?

What is the central theme that makes up the moral law that governs the earth and the earth itself and inhabitants? [ 20/April/21 ] The survival of complexity over deep time and across a wide variety of dynamic contexts. If … Continue reading

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What is the most immediate challenge you have at startup ecosystem level that you would like automation to help solve?

What is the most immediate challenge you have at startup ecosystem level that you would like automation to help solve? [ 20/April/21 ] In New Zealand that would be a trap that catches mammals – particularly mice, rats, cats, hedgehogs, … Continue reading

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Will humanity’s extinction be abrupt, or will it slow after a long decadence?

Will humanity’s extinction be abrupt, or will it slow after a long decadence? [ 19/April/21 ] It seems to me that there are finite probabilities associated with various sorts of extinctions (some rapid, some slower) that together sum to about … Continue reading

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Time

Foundations of Logic Walter Kant asked [ 16/April/21 Time:What is the nature of your definition of time:realabstractillusory?] Time is a necessary pre condition for the existence of complexity. Time is that aspect of a system that delivers some probability of … Continue reading

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Do scientists increasingly doubt the truth of evolution?

Do scientists increasingly doubt the truth of evolution? [ 16/April/21 ] No. I know of no scientists (as I accept the definition of scientist), who has any significant doubts about evolution. And that requires understanding the definition of scientist. I … Continue reading

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Is human extinction as imminent as this article claims or is the writer trying to scare people?

[The comment was – Is human extinction as imminent as this article claims or is the writer trying to scare people? – but I didn’t record where I wrote it, and can’t now (2 weeks later) find it again or … Continue reading

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