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12/09/2012

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Oliver

Dilworth could benefit from conversing with you Dave, as he says the only person he could discuss his ideas with is now dead. It was embarrassing listening to that intellect-deficient guy struggling to interview him.

Martin

I took the hint you gave before to read Dilworth, and his "Too Smart" is a great, worthy effort, the product of an insane amount of research and reading and plodding synthesis - thanks for the recommendation.

Yet his is a sad story. No one who thinks himself above the capacity of others to understand his chirpings is worthy of adulation. Life does not reward the monk - there are plenty of shallow, fun, pleasurable activities that can go along with thinking and communicating about the great verities and mysteries.

matt

Funy thing.....when I read this I am reminded of the many times I try to explain to friends/coworkers that we (the collective we, mankind) are circling the drain. Without fail my viewpoint is met with instant disdain and I am informed that I am a "pessimist".

Well, after careful study I've decided two things: A realist is a pessimist who knows what he is talking about! And, a pessimist might just be somebody who realises that the ship really IS sinking......

adam

I think perhaps you hit something particularly important:

"...I have come to believe that the love of technology and the salvation which it allegedly makes possible is built right into human cognition..."

It would make sense, being that we are the technology ape, and technology has been our way of dealing with things for thousands of years. Fundamentally, as soon as we started making stone tools and ceramics we were on that road. I think if looking for engineering solutions to things that are not engineering problems is something ingrained in us, it explains a lot of our actions. The drive for geoengineering to deal with global warming; fish farming to deal with overfishing; seawalls to deal with rising oceans - all solutions that fail to understand the fundamental issues and cause problems of their own, yet these attempts at an endrun around nature are just the way we do things.

John D

The more I look at it and think about it, the more profound the Viscious Cycle Principle becomes. Really sums it all up!

Shawntoh

Thanks, Dave,

I picked up the book, Too Smart For Our Own Good, for only $12 and I'm impressed how well it presents the case of our demise--excellent, solid science!

Thanks again,

Shawntoh

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