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Friday, November 27, 2009

Monday, November 23, 2009

Some of our Problems

Money is a renewable resource (cotton and ink printed by the federal government in a pattern), everytime you take out a loan from the bank, that IOU is loaned out to other banks and that IOU is loaned out again and again ad infitum, in effect breeding 90% of the previous value each time it gets loaned to a new bank within the federal banking system (sum(.9^0 + .9^1 +...+.9^n+....9^infinite)=10), thereby for every $1.00 loan you take out, the banks can take that IOU money and sequentially loan it out to a different bank which can loan that out to another bank, etc, until there is a maximum federal banking amount of $10.00 (ten times) in IOUs or until an indivisible penny is left. The problem we have is an exploding overpopulation of high risk takers and phoney IOUs (thereby rich bankers) and a drastic underpopulation of honest people with financial integrity.

The other problem is that we are all very resource inefficient and produce a lot of garbage in the name of convenience, and that garbage thereby produces a lot of ozone depleting methane, plastic bags blow in the wind and end up clogging the oceanic gyres, etc. However, that garbage that we produce still has the potential of being a resource jackpot if it were better sorted and managed.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

On Peace

Peace is the absense of conflict, of course it could just be the eye of the storm though, that weightless feeling before realizing you don't have a parachute on, that moment of calm before you realize that wild monkeys are sneaking up to assault you, that false sense of security one gets just before T-rex bites your porta-john in half. The biggest myth of all is that peace can be everlasting, for nature is always out to get you....the realization of that is, ironically, very peaceful.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


With Adam Carolla, you should check it out.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

A Modernized Proverb

Proverbs 14:4 - Where no oxen are, the manger is clean, But much revenue comes by the strength of the ox

(Modern equivalent - Where no industrial machines are, there are no industrial waste emissions, But much revenue comes by the strength of the industrial machine)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Charles Darwin really did have advanced ideas about the origin of life

Charles Darwin really did have advanced ideas about the origin of life. Credit: Armin Cifuentes

"All organic beings that have lived on Earth could be descended from some primordial form", explained Darwin in The Origin of Species in 1859. Despite this statement, the scientist took it upon himself to understand the evolutional processes underlying biodiversity.

"Darwin was convinced of the incredible importance of this issue for his theory and he had an amazingly modern materialist and evolutional vision about the transition of inanimate chemical matter into living matter, despite being very aware of Pasteur's experiments in opposition to spontaneous generation", Juli Peretó, principal author of this study and researcher at the Cavanilles Institute of Evolutional Biology and Biodiversity at the University of Valencia, explains to SINC.

The study, which is published in the latest issue of the journal Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres, demonstrates that Darwin had an advanced idea on the origin of the first species, and was troubled by the problem. "It is utterly wrong to think that he was invoking a divine intervention; it is also well documented that the mention of the 'Creator' in The Origin of the Species was an addition for appearance's sake that he later regretted", affirms Peretó.

According to the researchers, all Darwin's opinions on the origin of life can be found in his private correspondence and in his notebooks. The exception is a review of a book on foraminiferous microorganisms published in 1863 in the London social club Athenaeum, where Darwin "lets his opinion on the spontaneous generation be known".

The international team, comprising Spanish, US and Mexican scientists, has not only examined in detail the phrases, texts and paragraphs of the letters, but has also put into context all Darwin's opinions on the origins of life, available online and in the original manuscripts.

The origin of life hypothesis

A comment in a notebook dating back to 1837, in which Darwin explains that "the intimate relationship between the vital phenomena with chemistry and its laws makes the idea of spontaneous generation conceivable", gave the researchers their clue.

In another famous letter sent in 1871 to his friend, the English botanist and explorer Joseph D. Hooker, Charles Darwin imagines a small, warm pool where the inanimate matter would arrange itself into evolutionary matter, aided by chemical components and sufficient sources of energy.

In other letters, the naturalist admitted to colleagues such as Alfred Russel Wallace or Ernst Haeckel that spontaneous generation was important to the coherence of the theory. However, "at the same time, he acknowledged that science was not advanced enough to deal with the question (hence his reluctance to speak of it in public) and that he would not live to see it resolved", Peretó points out.


Source: FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology