phil rimmer commented on the post, Stephen Hawking just gave humanity a due date for finding another planet 18 minutes ago
But publicising your views starts to connect them. Fractional percents can turn mostly happy smiling countries into ones spiralling down into horror. Thresholds exist here and in AGW say.
phil rimmer commented on the post, Stephen Hawking just gave humanity a due date for finding another planet 25 minutes ago
Growth (more stuff) is (for us) mere dogma.
phil rimmer commented on the post, Stephen Hawking just gave humanity a due date for finding another planet 28 minutes ago
I notice you didn’t comment on my solution (#39), perhaps because it wasn’t technological but socialist?
Parasitism has hidden the benefits of Americans working ever harder to just stand still. The theft of their money is a double catastrophe because fully 20% has been taken out of the economy and not re-invested.
The rise of automation…[Read more]
I think men are not needed at all. A waste of good passenger space.
Sorry, Melvin. You are the one with the Utopian mind cleaving to Moore’s law.
Micros whilst doubling in density every two years, failed to double in performance after 2000. 2014 has seen the geometry even fail to keep up. Though geometries are planned down to 7nm the 16 down to 14nm has not been proving particularly viable. At 7nm working with…[Read more]
But everything is always reset. We never feel richer after the first frisson of new tech. We don’t actually feel richer, that’s not how feelings go. Millionaires need ten million to begin to match the thrill of the first million. Soon a billion is no longer thrilling. My ability to see things and do things, bestride the world, eat the finest food,…[Read more]
I think that’s not a correct interpretation of Michelson Morley. This (eventually) proved there was no luminiferous aether that was a carrier of light waves and would affect its speed as the earth moved through it.
There was no reason to think that it was necessarily constant everywhere, just that aether played no part in it…
It was…[Read more]
phil rimmer commented on the post, Religious thoughts trigger reward systems like love, drugs 21 hours, 20 minutes ago
It is certainly crafted by men (sic).
The first Abrahamic religion attempted was a huge rag bag of stuff, manipulating by guilt but for too un focused for real coherent behavioural traction.
The second traded plain guilt from original sin for the more deceptive manipulation of obligation. “He died for your sins, you bastard!”. A…[Read more]
Terrifying quote, Dan.
Postmodernism is the pits. W merely warned against invented abstract concepts as untrustworthy until a pragmatic test was possible. Postmodernists stole the first half to assert (quite wrongly) that all abstract concepts are equally untrustworthy (!) and any worthiness is only ever contingent (!) and non-transferable (!).
So how would a declining US population work? Town and city and country-wise? Politically and socially and culturally-wise?
Why don’t you tell me how you think the problem of an empty piece of dogma is going to spoil things first? Then I’ll re-iterate how services can be essentially limitless until our needs give out.
I warn you also I’m a…[Read more]
For a third time, yes.
I’ll post what raw data I think valuable and explain to many people here the problems of understanding say the health dividend in population growth and why it puts a two generation delay in getting the results we need. I’m delighted you are the master of this already. Some aren’t.
I bought the Harari kindle edition almost immediately. I have…[Read more]
The trick is the siting and the depth. Avoid plate edges but near a plate elastic thinning hotspot. Go down a kilometre (only 100 atmos!), compliantly tether and cross your fingers you are more than 500km away from the asteroid strike zone.
Better off off the planet altogether, but another bolt hole at least for potential survivors of your…[Read more]
Recently, my good friend, savroD, suggested we would do better building underwater cities first rather than martian colonies. I think these could have great merit and pay for themselves as resort cum oceanographic institute. They may well survive volcanism and tsunami. Plonked along the Hawaiian chain and snuggled up to Iceland etc. they would…[Read more]
I’m sorry. People really do say things out loud without realising it. Ipso facto you cannot know for certainty you didn’t. Most people talk out loud a couple of times a day on average. It is not something you need ever notice least of all during some moment of high drama.
Besides staying silent is the learned, unnatural state. As kids we say our…[Read more]
The narrow squeak we had of it 75,000 years ago with the Toba Super Eruption, culling us possibly to a mere 10,000 individuals tells me the good Professor is talking of real possibilities. We should indeed listen and plan. Plenty of others think this including me. Despite the reality TV shows we have lost our hunter gatherer skills pretty…[Read more]
Good quotes, Dan.
We need a credible plan to restore what was taken. A return to the past and all the old jobs back is the most astonishing con job on an electorate ever. This is to be expected of a billionaire reality TV personality whose fortune was essentially made by zero sum trickery rather than investing in a value adding business like…[Read more]
Here is the other set of graphs needed to make you a junior demographer.
Like the universal fall in fertility rate is the universal rise in lifespan from the poorest to the richest countries. This is entirely why populations are still growing as rapidly as they are despite the fertility rate…[Read more]
phil rimmer commented on the post, Scientists are really, really worried about Donald Trump 1 day, 20 hours ago
Doctors are worried about him too.
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