January 19, 2015
- Think Bigger!
in <134> "It seems to me that the Chinese are the ones who still get it about legitimating a government with concerted, focussed efforts of mega-engineering."
To add further substance to that point, here's two recent articles on Chinese megaprojects:
108 Chinese Infrastructure Projects That Are Reshaping The World
January 4, 2015
- When are China, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the USA going to join the civilised world, stop doing State-sanctioned, judicial executions and consign the death penalty to history? It's 2015 people, grow up!
January 2, 2015
- An awesome post that deserves wider appreciation.Â
Re adjacent possibles. I've been thinking for a while in terms of soft landings and I think these have to do with timescales. It may be that there's a stable sustainable 1000 year future with 100m to 500m humans on the planet. Take the mid point. Getting to 250m from 7b could be via a catastrophic collapse that happens in 10s of years in which case it will be particularly horrific. That's the...
December 7, 2014
- "The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function." - Albert A. Bartlett. This is especially true of exponential growth with short doubling periods. Particularly troublesome are functions that double in under 5-10 years because they wrong foot us. We think the near future is going to be like the recent past just a bit more so, when the growth rate means it's actually going to be...