Category Archives: Our Future

Why does it seem like the world is getting worse when some people are becoming more optimistic?

Why does it seem like the world is getting worse when some people are becoming more optimistic? [ 24/November/22 ] Many different components to why this is so. One aspect is that we are strongly biased to notice danger. The … Continue reading

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Daniel Schmachtenberger, Nate Hagens, The Metacrisis

Daniel Schmachtenberger: “Modeling the Drivers of the Metacrisis” | The Great Simplification #42 [ 27/October/22 ] I just got home from doing a beach survey of endangered birds on my electric bike. I have been vegan for 12 years. I … Continue reading

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Is technology the answer to world peace or the problem?

Is technology the answer to world peace or the problem? [ 10/October/22 ] Neither. It is deeply more complex than that. There is a sense in which technology is foundational to our long term survival, and there is another sense … Continue reading

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If we could greatly extend the human lifespan, would people eventually become immortal?

If we could greatly extend the human lifespan, would people eventually become immortal? [ 30/September/22 ] That does not seem to be an option in this universe, though it may be possible to very closely approximate it. It seems very … Continue reading

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NIETZSCHE: The Dignity of Work

Comment to NIETZSCHE: The Dignity of Work [ 20/September/22 ] Several errors on Nietzsche’s part – quite understandable given the very simplistic state of science generally and biology in particular in his day. He did not understand that beauty is … Continue reading

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Global Catastrohic Risk Policy

Global Catastrohic Risk Policy Contact page [ 20/September/22 ] I have had my Autistic Spectrum brain focused on this subject area since 1974 – since realising that indefinite life extension was a real possibility (as I finished undergrad biochem), and … Continue reading

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A sliver of reality

AEON – A sliver of reality [ 8/September/22 Science and mathematics may never fully capture the physical universe. Are there hard limits to human intelligence?] David H Wolpert writes:“What can I ever know about that which lies beyond the limits … Continue reading

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Greatest human at present

Who is the most superior human being on Earth right now? Why do you think so? What makes him/her so special from others in your opinion? [ 22/August/22 ] Elon Musk. He has made electric vehicles at scale a reality. … Continue reading

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Great Transition Initiative (GTI) forum

Response to Opening essay for GTI Forum The Population Debate Revisited – Ian Lowe [ 17/August/22 ] I have been seriously exploring the space of survivable strategic/economic/political/technological environments since the early 70s.Some of my recent writings are collected at https://tedhowardnz.wordpress.com/IContinue reading

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Nuclear power

Nuclear power [ 24/July/22 ] Yes – of course, there is a lot more energy in the bonds of the nucleus than in those between electrons. And the real situation is deeply more complex. To get 1Kg of U235 typically … Continue reading

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