Scientific papers have typically a finite lifetime. The number of citations they attract achieves a maximum a few years after publication, and then steadily declines. There are blatant exceptions: papers […]
This article by Cass Sunstein is delicious (emphasis mine): Human beings often see coherence and planned design when neither exists. This is so in movies, literature, history, economics, and psychoanalysis – […]
The goal of staying at or returning close to Holocene conditions on Earth seems judicious. But is it realistic? The Holocene never supported a civilisation of 10 billion reasonably rich people. A growing technological culture, advanced, and energy-hungry civilizations like ours, should be able to harvest all the available energy, first from The Sun, and then from all the stars of the Milky Way. Is this the Way?