Category Archives: understanding

Would it be unethical to say that there are too many people on Earth?

Would it be unethical to say that there are too many people on Earth? [ 22/April/21 ] At present – yes. That would imply one valued some other metric higher than individual life and security, and the long term probability … Continue reading

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Are there too many people in the world for it to survive without radical social change?

Are there too many people in the world for it to survive without radical social change? [ 22/April/21 ] The number of people present is not yet the major driver for social change, and it is rapidly growing in importance. … Continue reading

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Response to Elon’s – maximize freedom – comment

Comment to Elon Musk – My Final Warning [ 21/April/21 ] Maximizing freedom is self terminating. What is needed is to maximize freedom with minimal risk to life. Every level of structure has necessary constraints required to support that level … Continue reading

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Not knowing

[Foundations of Logic – Feynmann quote – Its ok to say I don’t know!] [ 21/April/21 Its ok to say “I don’t know!” There is no shame in that! The only shame is to pretend that we know everything.] We … Continue reading

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Will humanity’s extinction be abrupt, or will it slow after a long decadence?

Will humanity’s extinction be abrupt, or will it slow after a long decadence? [ 19/April/21 ] It seems to me that there are finite probabilities associated with various sorts of extinctions (some rapid, some slower) that together sum to about … Continue reading

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Time

Foundations of Logic Walter Kant asked [ 16/April/21 Time:What is the nature of your definition of time:realabstractillusory?] Time is a necessary pre condition for the existence of complexity. Time is that aspect of a system that delivers some probability of … Continue reading

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Do scientists increasingly doubt the truth of evolution?

Do scientists increasingly doubt the truth of evolution? [ 16/April/21 ] No. I know of no scientists (as I accept the definition of scientist), who has any significant doubts about evolution. And that requires understanding the definition of scientist. I … Continue reading

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Is human extinction as imminent as this article claims or is the writer trying to scare people?

[The comment was – Is human extinction as imminent as this article claims or is the writer trying to scare people? – but I didn’t record where I wrote it, and can’t now (2 weeks later) find it again or … Continue reading

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Quora Why can’t we just eliminate poverty through sheer will

Why can’t we just eliminate poverty through sheer will? [ 15/April/21 ] Sheer will by itself does nothing. Will power applied to systems over time can achieve outcomes. Eliminating poverty depends very much on how one defines it. If one … Continue reading

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Society without work?

What happens in a society where no one had to work and people had free food, water, shelter, and medical care? [ 14/April/21 ] No one has actually tried it, so it is conjectural, and as someone who has been … Continue reading

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