I like your idea of rediscovery very much.
Small issue though, who is going to pay for psychologist help of billions of touch screens?
I like your idea of rediscovery very much.
Small issue though, who is going to pay for psychologist help of billions of touch screens?
how are we defining 'robot'?
"Your plastic pal who's fun to be with!"
Hmm, that actually covers anything from smartphone to sexbot....clever definition, that one....umm, perhaps we should not have put them all against the wall so quickly....On the other hand - "share and enjoy?" - yhea, did we use at at least 3 silver bullets for each? I hope so...
Actually, if it is bellow freezing it's even better. True, it takes some time, the clothes freeze and it is not a good idea to fold them at this point but after the ice slowly sublimates the cloth becomes dry, cleaner and carries a very pleasant smell of freshness....I loved that when I was a kid...
I agree with GP that there are so many low hanging fruits in energy saving. It pains me to observe how much can be achieved by very little effort, yet for some reasons (mostly laziness or ideology IMO) it does not happen. Pity...
It's not that Origin of Species is exactly a new book. By the time we developed the antibiotics evolutionary biology was well understood.
I guess as usual , no-one was thinking about long-term consequences.....also I wonder how did my grandparents managed to be successful farmers - earning the most money in the whole family while supporting themselves and the families of their sons with agricultural products (I don't remember my family buying much flour, cheese, meat , fruits and vegetables for decades) without antibiotics. I mean they hardly used machines let alone chemistry...
Sorry for the provocation, but is there anyone who still thinks that free market capitalism is any good in anticipating (let alone solving) global long-term issues?
Look, I am fed up with this. Just turned 40 last Sunday. Have pictures from all the 40 birthdays. All the way through the 70-ties and half 80-ies I am on ski - 50 cm or more snow, winter is in full swing. Late 80-ties and early 90-ties - cold but not freezing. After that it became ridiculously hot until last Sunday when the absolute record was set - it was 23 (I repeat 23 degrees!!!). And BTW, this 20-23 degrees lasted for 4 weeks in total (mid-October -mid November). Utterly ridiculous and unheard off.
Since 10 years the fruit trees in our garden do not bear fruit because it is too hot in January and February, so they start blossoming too early. Then a few frosts in March and they are gone. 17 degrees Celsius in mid-February (for a week or longer)? In my country where this is the coldest month? WTF?!?
Say what you will about anecdotes, I don't give a damn. My experience is unambiguous. The Earth is warming.
That's because your company pays the ticket. 382 Euro per month for "altijd vrji", which is only 30 euro more expensive than a single trajectory (A'dam-Delft) abonament - barely 60 km.
If my company did not pay I' wouldn't work for them - 400 euro is hefty percentage of my monthly income...people with cars spend less but actually pay more than me because cars are dirty and despicable so there is no financial incentive to use them (that's the policy at least).
Bloody hell, you also saw this? Me too.
It was the most revolting thing I've ever seen on a screen. Because I knew it was real. The most horrifying thing for me was how the body of the decapitated soldier reacted - like a rabbit or a chicken to which you have cut the head off - trembling and convulsing.
The idiots in my country (perhaps we are from the same place?) let this video be shown on the central news at 20:00 , Channel 1. I don't know how many were sacked afterwards...
If you are correct than I've had the flue 3-4 times in 40 years. The rest was just colds.
By default I am suspicious to health care that operates on the profit motive. They need more "customers"...also the last few years regular Christmas panic about bird flue, swine flu, whatever flu looks to me like a campaign to promote vaccination.
I am not against vaccination and I am happily caring many vaccines from my childhood (obligatory at the time and for good reason) and some extra shots in recent years against tropical disease and hepatitis...but this recent flue thing....I smell a rat!
There goes all the spent mod points...but I just cannot let this comment pass.
Look, I thoroughly agree on your ideas and your general attitude to the problem. However, I firmly object to your statement that the throw away society is a product of the will of the people. No,no,no. Perhaps some really brain-dead people, mostly in US (didn't wee learn recently that the Americans are NOT representative for the white race, that they are the freaks not the norm?)
I don't want to change my smartphone every two years but ATM my HTC desire (3 years old, running A v2.2) can hardly browse the net! The amount of app's I have ATM is halved because every damn "update" bloated the apps more and more, made them slower and slower. I can't even install a single game on the phone, I have no space left from the apps that either essential for the normal operation or are irremovable!!!
I don't want to throw away my 250 Euro super duper rain jacket but by Io , the zips on those things are not so durable and NOWHERE in the western world there is a place where they can change the zip for you. Or they'd ask 200 euros.
I don't want to throw away 350 Euro head phones because the cable broke down. Why did it take decades before the first replaceable cables for expensive head phones were created? And by the minority of the companies on the market. And even then, the cables were all the time "out of stock" - it took me 11 months until I could get a replacement cable. 11 months! Don't tell me this was not deliberate action to make people give up, throw away and buy new...
The same for home appliances - one plastic piece fails in the washing machine [that you can 3D print in minutes, but fat chance we will be allowed to do this - copyright and all that, besides is every citizen a nerd with free time on their hands) and you have to throw it away! The reason for the ridiculous prices for repair is "vertical integration" (google it) and it is company policy maximizing the turn-over and minimizing the life-time of the product. Do you see the consumer involved somewhere in this scheme?!
Same goes for everything man, everything. And it was not people's doing.
I yet have to see a person in this life who is happy with the enforced obsolescence. Everyone I know bitches like hell about it and the technical people hate it with fierce hate (because this kind of shit has penetrated even the professional/scientific markets for super-high precision instruments and so on...)
Well, I don't agree on the language of the parent post and his frustration could have been better worded and he could have avoided most of the harsh language but there is a point there....I can just imagine that on a very bad day I could use similar language and overreact like that because sometimes this topic just adds the last drop...
Let me see if I can do any better.
Some posters in this tread point that the extreme feminism is just another over-hyped reaction by a very small but vocal minority. I disagree.
I have heard on a national radio in a EU country a statement from a member of the EU parliament (and a member of a committee on female rights) that "Every sexual intercourse is an abuse against the women". Also from the same person "Prostitution should be banned even if it is perfectly consenting and legal. These women are exploited even if they don't realize it". You call that "small minority" - maybe but they seem to run the show? BTW, do you call this "sanity"?
A balanced, objective and scientifically backed discussion on this topic (male-female) is almost impossible these days. As an example of such an attempt I would like you to take a look at this: [http://denisdutton.com/baumeister.htm]. Notice the story about Larry Summers [I was not familiar with this episode and it came as a bit of a shock] and then the fact about the bell-curves that describe the distribution of well, anything, in both sexes. If Roy F. Baumeister is not misleading/misinterpreting for/lying to us about the distributions, then you simply cannot have 50/50 gender ratio in positions that require extremes (extreme physical ability, intelligence, creativity est.) because men are overly represented in the extremes. On both sides of the bell curve, never forget that! I cannot evaluate well his speculations about the the reasons for this, although the "cheap male - Nature's lab rat" thing does align of what I know of biology. So, if being physics professor at [for example] the MIT requires extreme qualities of some sort (I think we all agree it does, and perhaps not all of those qualities are actually "nice" or even obvious) then a legislation that enforces equal gender distribution (as one that's been proposed in the EU) is offensive to both sexes and potentially dangerous.
It seems that we [men and women] are, after all, different [occasionally, in some areas, under carefully defined boundary conditions]. OK, what's the issue? Are we not happy with this arrangement? Well, complain to the Universe or [insert deity of choice here] then. I am sure they'd listen.
On the other hand, from what I have read on the subject it seems that mixed gender groups perform better in any task including extreme conditions. So, we are complementing each other; the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Great!
The equality that needs to be enforced and supported by the law is the equality of opportunity!! Leveled playing field for both sexes. Leave the rest to the people themselves. Period.
I think that the filed is leveling fast in today's world and besides, in many countries it is leveled, or if not, it is very slightly inclined (and not always in favor of men, mind you). And BTW, who the f*uck tilted it in the first place? I'd appreciate a historical analysis from knowledgeable people on the matter. One obvious big target is religion, but it cannot be that simple, IMO. Besides religion might have been simply the tool for the advancement of an already existing paradigm.
But somehow [and here lies my butt-hurt in this matter and maybe the parent's poster too], the more the filed levels more accusations are raised that it is not and more and more [paradoxically and ironically - ever more extreme] demands. But this is a finite system, people. Sooner or later the filed is leveled, the issue is solved and we need to move on. But we don't. We never do, do we? We keep pushing until the filed is tilted to the other side which provokes response. Rinse and repeat. And not only on this issue but I think on almost all issues - take a look at the typical day on
Erotica is when you use a feather. Pornography is when you use the whole chicken.
IIRC, this is from Terry Pratchett
Actually it can be even beneficial.
Quickly now, deploy the thorium reactors before they are back!
The power hungry asshats in the east are just not competent enough. I mean, do you think that for instance Putin does not want to have the equivalent of the Russian NSA as powerful, all-seeing and intrusive as the US version? But he just does not have the capabilities to achieve it.
The task of toppling today's world elite (or at least keeping their greed in check) is so much more difficult than fighting against the totalitarian regimes of the communist era. I mean, at that time we all knew we are prisoners and that the system does not serve us, but is actually working against us, the common folk.
In the western world, however, the powers to be have done an excellent job (using hard science and remember the important thing about science - "it works, bitches!") in giving the illusion of choice, the illusion that people determine their own fate and many more illusions, whereas the actual situation is not much different than those totalitarian regimes of the past (and sliding further down daily). In the west the delusional part of the common folk will defend the system because they believe it to be just and right. Brilliant!
Having lived in both systems I can sincerely say: The West is the best! In everything! (that includes propaganda, spying and killing, political hypocrisy and so on...not only the good bits!)
The dark ages are due to the Catholic church. There was nothing "dark" in the East of Europe after the fall of Rome. We did great in fact...
What a load of Dingo's kidneys!
Science provides all the morals you need. The golden rule for instance as the most stable (for a species) paradigm. I hope you did not think that Jesus invented it or even stated it for the fist time. From it follows "do not kill" (unless for food), do not destroy the natural world, promote biological diversity, create sustainable socio-economic system est.
My personal altruism (which is said by the people around me to be global) is a DIRECT result of me realizing the realities of Life, Universe and Everything through Science. And some people tell me that as an atheist I have no moral compass? Really? I yet have to see a group of religious people that measures as high in moral as my beloved, non-religious relatives and friends. On the contrary - I never fully trust religious people because their allegiance lies to a lie, not to reality and the other fellows human beings. Religious folks will happily treat you inhumane if it advances their "saving the soul" quest. History, anyone?
Another thing - it is said that Science does not answer fundamental questions. Which ones exactly?
Why are we here? - because matter organizes itself under specific conditions in line with the laws of Nature. Yes, the path from hydrogen to living organisms is long and fascinating but we already have pretty good idea what happened.
Why do we die? - the easiest one. The Universe changes. Living organism that do not die, do not change and will become extinct.
Why do we spend the intermediate time wearing digital watches? - I'll let you answer that one yourself
And since we are on DNA wave - do you remember who was against the building of "Deep thought"? The theologians and the philosophers!
- "What is the meaning of us arguing if there is (or not) God if that machine gives us His telephone number in the morning?"
And so on...sure to some question we can only give probable answers (actually if you are pedantic every answer is a probability, absolute certainty does not exists) but a probable answer is MUCH better than fictional one.
We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge. -- John Naisbitt, Megatrends