Balance of probabilities Terrorism vs nature
Terrorism's potential is minute, against what nuture can throw at us. The Yellowstone Caldera is a supervolcano that could wipe out half of the USA's population.
The caldera is rising and the rate of that rise is increasing, the caldera is roughly due to go up again. Does that mean next month (probably not), next year or 50,000 years? Truth is I have no idea, but I think we need to find out.
The scientists working on this, are on a budget of hundreds of thousands spread over years. But on fighting terrorism the budget is many billions each year. If you count the wars, trillions each year.
Lake Tabo is an even bigger supervolcano, with a even smaller budget. The rising caldera is Samosir island.
The budget to study near earth objects is not enough, to track any more than the most likely problem asteroids. With so many people on earth the next major metior strike will almost certainly kill many people. Just last century there was Tunguska and one over western South America.
No expert is working full time on the Amery Ice field, yet this ice field is the plug to a big chunk of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet which by now is half the Ice on Earth. If Amey holds then low lying countries will probably be OK. If not, then countries like Holland are stuffed. There is some realy fascinating work that has been done. But so much more is needed.
It is easier to deamonise Muslims than work on problems that can realy change the world in most unpleasant ways. We could be in for some nasty shocks that could be ameliarated with prior knowledge
Giving our solar system a "slap in the face"
- A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
- It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
- Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
Bernardo Kastrup proposes a new ontology he calls “idealism” built on panpsychism, the idea that everything in the universe contains consciousness. He solves problems with this philosophy by adding a new suggestion: The universal mind has dissociative identity disorder.
There’s a reason they call it the “hard problem.” Consciousness: Where is it? What is it? No one single perspective seems to be able to answer all the questions we have about consciousness. Now Bernardo Kastrup thinks he’s found one. He calls his ontology idealism, and according to idealism, all of us and all we perceive are manifestations of something very much like a cosmic-scale dissociative identity disorder (DID). He suggests there’s an all-encompassing universe-wide consciousness, it has multiple personalities, and we’re them.
Once again, our circadian rhythm points the way.
- Seven individuals were locked inside a windowless, internetless room for 37 days.
- While at rest, they burned 130 more calories at 5 p.m. than at 5 a.m.
- Morning time again shown not to be the best time to eat.
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