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what is the downsides from here from the current human population level to an increasing, decreasing, or a steady state..

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Professor Roger Jeffery - Population: how much of a problem? <video> 1:10 hrs

[ about compounding growth in money, population, earthly resources, crime statistics, etc.
what the mathematical compounding interest means and how to understand the concept. ]
[ primarily focuses on the 'doubling' effect after some portion of time ]

The Most IMPORTANT Video You'll Ever See [ all 8 parts - <video> ]

Also. A very good series to watch on 'Status Anxiety' by Alain de Botton


Status Anxiety - Part 1

Status Anxiety - Part 2­

Status Anxiety - Part 3­

Status Anxiety - Part 4­

Status Anxiety - Part 5­

Status Anxiety - Part 6­

Status Anxiety - Part 7­

Status Anxiety - Part 8­

Status Anxiety - Part 9­

Status Anxiety - Part 10­

Status Anxiety - Part 11­

Status Anxiety - Part 12­
[ basically covers the issues of finding ones way to discover having a healthy self knowing outlook on society ]
covers topics in history: everything is taken from another group [ via war, economics, etc. ]
guiding philosophers [ Marx, Nietzsche, plus others.. ]
A former member
Post #: 43
also..Peter Singer

About human animal suffering - how to have a moral and ethical system which encompasses all things which may suffer.

Suffering - is the basis of claims to morality claims Singer in the below interview [ he mentions historical
and personal experience with this ]

Peter Singer - The Genius of Darwin: The Uncut Interviews - Richard Dawkins <video> 45 mins

A former member
Post #: 44
[ most of our ideas are 'relics' of the 20th century ]

only transparent internet like methods ( open source / scientific peer review ) of information
transfer will make a sustainable future..[ as mentioned in the video ]

Richard Heinberg Peak Everything -- the end of non-renewable resources

[ about how long even if we had fusion energy today -- how long still putting
this energy system online would take -- ]

Ed Moses: Clean Fusion Power This Decade <video> 1:40 hrs
The Long Now Foundation­

LIFE: Laser Initial Fusion Energy System

[ for the curious - here is one group - amongst several - pursuing various types of fusion energy ( on the cheap ) ]
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Post #: 615

Paul Gilding: The Earth is full­ Have we used up all our resources?
Have we filled up all the livable space on Earth?
Paul Gilding suggests we have, and the possibility of devastating consequences, in a talk that's equal parts terrifying and, oddly, hopeful.

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Post #: 616
Human irrationality and putting in the effort to correct our biases, often said our need for accurate beliefs, is the most pressing need for our species, mentioned in the below video.

TEDxMileHighSalon - Michael Huemer - The Irrationality of Politics

Michael Huemer focuses on the scope and nature of what we know, morality and truth.
He is an expert at structuring logical arguments the premises of which are easy to go along with, which makes it annoying if you don't agree with his conclusions.
We'll let you decide. In this TEDxMileHigh Talk, he details the irrationality of politics.

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These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event.
The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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Post #: 617

Hot, crowded, and running out of fuel: Earth of 2050 a scary place

A closing window of opportunity

The report argues that immediate action not only makes environmental sense, but also economic sense.
If global greenhouse emissions can be made to peak before 2020, a 2° C limit to the increase in world average temperature is possible.
This would limit the costs of "adaptation and mitigation," but requires "ambitious decisions" to be taken more or less immediately.

The report sets a specific target of stabilizing atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations at 450ppm.
At this level, studies have put the odds of keeping a global temperature rise under 2° C at between 40 and 60 percent.
For this level to be achieved, the report calls for putting a "price on carbon" immediately, while implementing a gradual transformation of the energy sector into a low-carbon industry.
Finally, the report calls for a wide implementation of "low-cost advanced technologies" that would be stimulated by the higher cost of fossil fuels, giving the example of bio-energy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS)—a technology which the Royal Society has suggested could decrease atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations by between 50 and 150ppm.

The OECD additionally proposes phasing out fossil fuel subsidies which it claims amounts to $45 billion-75 billion per year in OECD countries, and over $400 billion per year in developing and emerging economies.

Beyond climate change, the report also highlights a number of other actions to mitigate environmental impacts of population growth, with the need to protect natural habitats perhaps foremost among them.
Though it acknowledges that 13 percent of the world's land is protected, it claims that grassland, savanna, and marine environments are underrepresented.
The report also calls for an end to environmentally harmful subsidies, including those provided to projects or companies which intensify land (or sea) use for agriculture, bioenergy, fishing, forestry, and transport.

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Post #: 1,009
Below is an implementation of a widget which may be based on zero point energy physics.

How may we regard or disregard sparsely populated knowledge ecosystems.

What model does this widget follow?
How may we test what model is more accurate?

Not only is the universe stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine.
Sir Arthur Eddington
English astronomer (1882 - 1944)

Assistant Professor Presents Scientific Model for Yildiz Magnet Motor
5 JAN 2013
Yesterday, we reported that later this month, a leading European university will be conducting a thorough, academically-rigorous, peer-reviewed, independent, scientific test of Turkish Inventor, Muammer Yildiz' all-magnet motor in an isolated room at the university.

Not only will this provide the validation Yildiz needs to get funding for a patent, but it will open a new scientific revolution.

Probably a scam : Muammer Yildiz magnet motor presentation at Eindhoven TUe in 2009

Modeling the Yildiz Motor by J. L. Duarte, Department of Electrical Engineering, TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Firstly we should examine the possibility that the
delivered mechanical energy could be taken from the
magnetizing field stored by the permanent magnets. By
considering a total weight of 24kg of all operating
Neodymium magnets in the motor – that is 50% of the
motor’s weight – a total maximum stored magnetic
energy can be calculated to be 0.25Wh, or 15 watts-
minutes. Only the mechanical power that keeps the air
flow through the tube placed in front of the propellers
was already measured to be 10W. Therefore, if the
motor runs longer than 2 minutes it is clear that the
mechanical energy has not been transferred from the
magnetizing energy stored by the magnets. And that
was the case.
A candidate explanation on how the Yildiz motor
runs could come from mainstream physics based on the
notorious statement E=mc2. We could speculate that the
energy is continuously supplied by reenergizing the
spins of the elementary magnets via photon flux from
gravitational fields. Otherwise stated, the self-sustained
vibrations of the magnets in the motor would somehow
resonate with gravitational fields.
In order to confirm this possibility, an extremely
careful and sensitive experiment should uniquely
demonstrate that the weight of the motor reduces during
the running process, and that the weight does not
change when the motor stops. But that means if the
weight is reduced by 1g during the running process,
then about 25000MWh need to be converted. Well, this
is equivalent to supply uninterruptedly 2kW electricity
to more than 1200 households for one full year!
Nevertheless, if the motor does not change weight
during the experiment, there is another interesting
possibility for a candidate energy source as forecast by
Quantum field theory.

Zero-point energy is the lowest possible energy that a quantum mechanical physical system may have; it is the energy of its ground state.
All quantum mechanical systems undergo fluctuations even in their ground state and have an associated zero-point energy, a consequence of their wave-like nature.
The uncertainty principle requires every physical system to have a zero-point energy greater than the minimum of its classical potential well.
This results in motion even at absolute zero.
For example, liquid helium does not freeze under atmospheric pressure at any temperature because of its zero-point energy.
The concept of zero-point energy was developed in Germany by Albert Einstein and Otto Stern in 1913, as a corrective term added to a zero-grounded formula developed by Max Planck in 1900.
The term zero-point energy originates from the German Nullpunktsenergie.
The German name is also spelled Nullpunktenergie (without the "s").

Vacuum energy is the zero-point energy of all the fields in space, which in the Standard Model includes the electromagnetic field, other gauge fields, fermionic fields, and the Higgs field.
It is the energy of the vacuum, which in quantum field theory is defined not as empty space but as the ground state of the fields.
In cosmology, the vacuum energy is one possible explanation for the cosmological constant.
A related term is zero-point field, which is the lowest energy state of a particular field

A magnetic monopole is a hypothetical particle in particle physics that is an isolated magnet with only one magnetic pole (a north pole without a south pole or vice-versa).
In more technical terms, a magnetic monopole would have a net "magnetic charge".
Modern interest in the concept stems from particle theories, notably the grand unified and superstring theories, which predict their existence.

Magnetism in bar magnets and electromagnets does not arise from magnetic monopoles, and in fact there is no conclusive experimental evidence that magnetic monopoles exist at all in the universe.

Effective (non-isolated) magnetic monopole quasi-particles exist in some condensed matter systems.

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Post #: 1,010
The particle physics model measures the mass particles through quantum foam which has particles coming in and out of existence?

vacuum state
In quantum field theory, the vacuum state (also called the vacuum) is the quantum state with the lowest possible energy.
Generally, it contains no physical particles. Zero-point field is sometimes used as a synonym for the vacuum state of an individual quantized field.

According to present-day understanding of what is called the vacuum state or the quantum vacuum, it is "by no means a simple empty space",[1] and again: "it is a mistake to think of any physical vacuum as some absolutely empty void."
According to quantum mechanics, the vacuum state is not truly empty but instead contains fleeting electromagnetic waves and particles that pop into and out of existence.

The QED vacuum of quantum electrodynamics (or QED) was the first vacuum of quantum field theory to be developed.
QED originated in the 1930s, and in the late 1940s and early 1950s it was reformulated by Feynman, Tomonaga and Schwinger, who jointly received the Nobel prize for this work in 1965.
Today the electromagnetic interactions and the weak interactions are unified in the theory of the electroweak interaction.
The Standard Model is a generalization of the QED work to include all the known elementary particles and their interactions (except gravity).
Quantum chromodynamics is the portion of the Standard Model that deals with strong interactions, and QCD vacuum is the vacuum of quantum chromodynamics.
It is the object of study in the Large Hadron Collider and the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, and is related to the so-called vacuum structure of strong interactions.

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Post #: 1,011

we are making materials out of physical substances that have never existed before.

Aiming to control various properties resulting from electron charge, spin, and phase

MIT researchers discover a new kind of magnetism
Experiments demonstrate ‘quantum spin liquid,’ which could have applications in new computer memory storage.

Ferromagnetism — the simple magnetism of a bar magnet or compass needle — has been known for centuries. In a second type of magnetism, antiferromagnetism, the magnetic fields of the ions within a metal or alloy cancel each other out. In both cases, the materials become magnetic only when cooled below a certain critical temperature. The prediction and discovery of antiferromagnetism — the basis for the read heads in today’s computer hard disks — won Nobel Prizes in physics for Louis Neel in 1970 and for MIT professor emeritus Clifford Shull in 1994.

“We’re showing that there is a third fundamental state for magnetism,” says MIT professor of physics Young Lee. The experimental work showing the existence of this new state, called a quantum spin liquid (QSL), is reported this week in the journal Nature, with Lee as the senior author and Tianheng Han, who earned his PhD in physics at MIT earlier this year, as lead author.

The QSL is a solid crystal, but its magnetic state is described as liquid: Unlike the other two kinds of magnetism, the magnetic orientations of the individual particles within it fluctuate constantly, resembling the constant motion of molecules within a true liquid.

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Post #: 1,012

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