Category Archives: Ideas

Greatest problem

What is the greatest scientific problem that mankind must solve? [ 19/Mar/21 ] How to get humans to cooperate at scale in ways that put in sufficient limits to ensure survival and empowers creativity and freedom to support individuals to … Continue reading

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Response to Sam Harris on the illusion of free will

Final Thoughts on Free Will (Episode #241) [ 18/Mar/21 Comment on Youtube] It seems to me that Sam has such faith in determinism, that he really cannot conceive of what free will might be. And I grant the truth of … Continue reading

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Is ethics without religion possible

[ 14/Mar/21 Walter Kant – The Foundations of Logic – Is Ethics without religion possible?] Yes. When one understands the strategic systemic underpinnings of the process of evolution, and one has a reasonable self interest in living a very long … Continue reading

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Technology and the global family

Is it possible that technology may change the world into a global family in which everyone helps the members that are devoid of human rights? [ 14/Mar/21 ] In and of itself, No. As something that creates a new context … Continue reading

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The homeless problem

Can’t I use the scientific method to investigate a homeless problem? If yes, then how? [ 7/Mar/21 ] How deep do you want to go? If you study deeply the mathematics and logic of evolution in open and fundamentally uncertain … Continue reading

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Responsibility for discoveries

Scientists accept no responsibility for what is done with their discoveries. Do scientists believe that science is more important than humanity? [ 7/Mar/21 ] Anil Mitra and Scott Currier both give reasonable answers, but the question is not accurate. Many … 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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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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