Tag Archives: Risk

World Government

How would the world be different with a one world government? [ 26/June/21 ] What does one mean by government? If one means a set of systems created in order to maintain those boundaries that are in fact necessary for … Continue reading

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Personal Crisis

In your personal life, what would equate to ‘WWIII’, a personal crisis that consumes all your resources and ends in spectacular victory or the end of the world for you and your family? [ 8/June/21 ] 11 years ago an … Continue reading

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What is humanity’s biggest problem?

[ 19/May/21 ] A strong bias to over simplify complexity and assume that reality is simple enough to be understood with absolute certainty. It is a kind of subconscious hubris that takes a lot of work to distinguish and overcome, … Continue reading

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Why are humans so slow to react to looming crises, like a forewarned pandemic or a warming planet?

Why are humans so slow to react to looming crises, like a forewarned pandemic or a warming planet? [ 15/May/21 ] Some good part answers here already. A full answer would be really complex, so I will point towards the … Continue reading

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Social competition or cooperation is part of human evolution, which may lead to the ascent or demise of individuals or entire groups of people. Do you agree or not?

Social competition or cooperation is part of human evolution, which may lead to the ascent or demise of individuals or entire groups of people. Do you agree or not? [ 6/May/21 ] Kind of, and it is deeply more complex … Continue reading

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What is the most immediate challenge you have at startup ecosystem level that you would like automation to help solve?

What is the most immediate challenge you have at startup ecosystem level that you would like automation to help solve? [ 20/April/21 ] In New Zealand that would be a trap that catches mammals – particularly mice, rats, cats, hedgehogs, … 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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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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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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