Category Archives: Politics

How can younger generations avoid overwhelm?

How do millennials and Gen-Z keep being hopeful for their future and not be overwhelmed with the negative aspects of climate change/economic downturn/society that’s more divided than ever? [ 3/April/21 ] By becoming as aware as possible of science and … 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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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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Self Sufficiency

Does self-sufficiency exist? [ 20/Feb/21 ] Only to a degree. We are social animals. We need to learn language and culture and most of our technology from others. Without those we cannot survive. And once we have those, then being … Continue reading

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Who should be held responsible for global poverty?

Who should be held responsible for global poverty? [ 26/Jan/21 ] Why would you think that anyone should be “held responsible”? Isn’t that a rather hubristic notion? Isn’t it much more likely that it is the ignorance of each and … Continue reading

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Lifeboat discussion on The Biggest Threats To Human Existence

[ 26/Jan/21 Facebook – Lifeboat Foundation] The list given of “The Biggest Threats To Human Existence” seems to me to be a very strange mix of categories. Nuclear war Bioengineered pandemic Artificial Intelligence Nanotechnology Extraterrestial Super volcanoes Food supply Weather … Continue reading

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Quora – How do I address global inequality?

How do I address global inequality? [ 18/Jan/21 ] As others have noted, the problem is not inequality – that is a given – real complexity contains diversity – always. The problem is insufficiency – NOT inequality. Giving everyone what … Continue reading

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Conspiracy theories

How can a society de-program/reintegrate people who have gone down the conspiracy theory rabbit hole? [ 12/1/21 ] What do you mean? If you want people generally to stop looking for conspiracies, and to start generally trusting, then you need … Continue reading

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Reinventing democracy

London Futurists – Reinventing democracy [ 12/11/20 ] As the complexity of the issues we face grows, and the gulf between levels of understanding present also grows, and the ability of AI systems to exploit levels of unconscious bias grows, … Continue reading

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Quora – Why can’t all people in the world forget about differences and unite as human beings?

Why can’t all people in the world forget about differences and unite as human beings? [ 30/10/20 ] Wrong question. Not possible. It is not a matter of forgetting differences. It is a matter of accepting and valuing both our … Continue reading

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