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Why is an ideal free distribution of a species rarely (if ever) observed in nature?

Why is an ideal free distribution of a species rarely (if ever) observed in nature? [ 23/April/21 ] How would one ever define a thing like “ideal free distribution”? The idea is predicated on a fixed fitness landscape. The whole … 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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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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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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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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Feelings vs reason

Walter Kant asked – Feelings, emotions versus philosophical reason: Can feelings and emotions defeat or replace philosophical reason? Yes or No? [ 13/April/21 ] Have you stopped beating your grandmother yet? Yes or no? All questions and answers rely on … Continue reading

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Quora – People who grew up in adverse conditions tend to work harder, and understand human nature and society as a whole in a more profound way.

People who grew up in adverse conditions tend to work harder, and understand human nature and society as a whole in a more profound way. Would you agree or disagree? [ 12/April/21 ] Agree with all that Sakshi Mehta writes, … Continue reading

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Notes in a Life Extension forum on the nature of aging and related issues

[ 12/April/21 Facebook – Lifeboat – post by B J Murphy linking to an article on bio-inks] Indefinite life with expanding capabilities is a very complex suite of issues. One of the issues is that gradual changes can happen in … Continue reading

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Hobbes or Locke?

Who gives the better account of the state of nature, Hobbes or Locke? [ 12/April/21 ] To me it is a bit like asking who gives a better account of quantum mechanics, Pythagoras or Plato? Both Locke and Hobbes base … Continue reading

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