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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

Will climate change be a problem

Will climate change be a problem in our lifetime, or should we leave it to the next generation? [ 6/Mar/21 ] It is a real problem now. It is one of very many real problems we have now. Loss of … Continue reading

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On the nature of freedom and responsibility and being human

Why is uncontrolled human activity the biggest threat to the environment? [ 5/Mar/21 ] David Simpson makes some reasonable points in his answer, but I will approach it from a different set of perspectives. Those perspectives are mostly around exploring … Continue reading

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Social responsibility on the government alone?

Does every societal responsibility, to build schools, give jobs, etc., fall on the government alone? [ 4/Mar/21 ] No. At every level of complexity, cooperation is required for survival. The huge issue for cooperation is that naïve cooperation is always … Continue reading

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Human survival to 2100

Will humans be able to survive till 2100? [ 4/Mar/21 ] Yes, if, and only if, we develop several understandings an apply them to all levels: 1/ Liberty demands responsibility if it is to survive. 2/ Liberty applied responsibly always … Continue reading

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Life-Expectancy – Continued from 2018

Ivan replied to my answer to Life-Expectancy from 2018 [ 2/Mar/21 ] Hi Ivan, The question doesn’t specify “life expectancy at birth” – it is an open question in that sense. There are many possible ways of calculating life expectancy, … Continue reading

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How to assess research problems

How would you assess the importance and relevance of a research problem? [ 1/Mar/21 ] There are several issues when assessing the relevance of any sort of novelty.One is that we all have multiple levels of subconscious bias.Another is that … Continue reading

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Fermi Paradox

[ 28/Feb/21 Lifeboat Foundation – Fermi Paradox – Pat Ryan’s post “In science fiction, there is a lurking specter of logic”…] I think it far more probable that the Fermi paradox results from a set of evolutionary drivers that result … Continue reading

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A substitute for worry

What is one substitute for worry that can make the world a better place? [ 24/Feb/21 ] Responsibility. Accepting that all complexity has necessary sets of conditions required for survival. Accepting that any real freedom necessarily results in diversity (all … Continue reading

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Robin Hanson – Grabby Aliens

Robin Hanson, George Mason University | A Simple Model of Grabby Aliens [ 23/Feb/21 ] Enjoyed watching. The one counter thesis that I didn’t see explored, is that by the time a species gets to a level of complexity that … Continue reading

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Science, Faith, Religion

Foundations of Logic Science, faith and religion [ 23/Feb/21 Walter Kant posted in Foundations of LogicScience, faith and religion:There are at least 3 basic types of theological, religious, philosophical and scientific thinking (1.transcendent 2.transcendental 3.inductive) that can lead to the … Continue reading

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