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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

Quora – Why are social networks not helping to improve the entire society, when in theory sharing infinite knowledge and connecting everyone is an extraordinary advance?

Why are social networks not helping to improve the entire society, when in theory sharing infinite knowledge and connecting everyone is an extraordinary advance? [ 17/8/20 ] Tony Castaldo has part of the answer – the profit motive. Thomas Ruddick … Continue reading

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Quora – Why, in the past, people could, at the same time, be excellent in many sectors (anthropology, philosophy, biology) and now we are rather good in only one?

Why, in the past, people could, at the same time, be excellent in many sectors (anthropology, philosophy, biology) and now we are rather good in only one? [ 16/8/20 ] Short answer is because information is increasing and models are … Continue reading

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Lifeboat foundation comment about Mars colonisation

Lifeboat foundation comment about Mars colonisation [ 15/8/20 ] I love the idea of having a reasonable fleet of heavy lift rockets, but we need to use them to get manufacturing of solar cells on the moon going, then use … Continue reading

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Wendy made a Facebook post about the economy and Covid-19

Wendy made a Facebook post about the economy and Covid-19 [ 15/8/20 ] Quite a few things written here that are not accurate. Many people knew decades ago what needs to be done to control pandemic – isolation. Isolation to … Continue reading

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Facebook – Effective Altruism group discussion of UBI

Facebook – Effective Altruism group discussion of UBI Kaya Diguistini 12 Aug 2:09am [ 12/8/20 ] I do not see UBI as any sort of final stable state, and it does seem to very probably be a necessary part of … Continue reading

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In response to Ralph’s facebook post on the new Covid-19 alert level change

In response to Ralph’s facebook post on the new Covid-19 alert level change. [ 12/8/20 ] I fear we will see too many people revert to overly simplistic true/false models of what is happening, rather than acknowledging the reality of … Continue reading

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Foundations of Logic post about perceptions

[ 10/8/20 Foundations of Logic Facebook group – Walter posted “The perceptions make the pictures of reality, then the spirit in philosophy and metaphysics makes random models out of these pictures !?”… ] I kind of agree in part with … Continue reading

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Quora – Is Darwinian evolution by natural selection, in a western democratic setting, survival of the fittest grift?

Is Darwinian evolution by natural selection, in a western democratic setting, survival of the fittest grift? [ 9/8/20 ] Evolution always works at all time scales (and all contexts) simultaneously, but long term influences only become obvious over long time … Continue reading

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Quora – Seeing that nothing will slow or stop climate change, is it better that humans decided to give up and try alternate methods to prevent the Earth from climate change or move to a different planet?

Seeing that nothing will slow or stop climate change, is it better that humans decided to give up and try alternate methods to prevent the Earth from climate change or move to a different planet? [ 8/8/20 ] Climate change … Continue reading

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Conversation with Jordan I about Covid in the USA

In response to a post Jordan made on facebook “A School superintendent in GA says, ‘Wearing a mask is a personal choice and there is no practical way to enforce a mandate to wear them.’ Tell that to every single … Continue reading

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