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CATEGORY: How Should Humanity Steer the Future? Essay Contest (2014) [back]
TOPIC: Our Reach Should Exceed Our Grasp by G. Steven Colyer-Sivco [refresh]
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Author G. Steven Colyer-Sivco wrote on Apr. 23, 2014 @ 11:58 GMT
Essay Abstract

To steer is to direct and regarding the future to connect with not just academic and government institutions as has been the primary method in the past, but also with corporate especially global corporate institutions. The changing political-economic climate that commerce be engaged both from the ground up as we see in organizations like Virgin Galactic and Space X, as well as more traditional and established firms in the fields of energy, energy services, banking, agriculture, transportation, manufacturing, and pharmacy. A mutually beneficial merger between science and commerce fr the good of posterity is proposed.

Author Bio

I am a Science Advocate, Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineer, Master of Business Administration, Geopolitical Economist, married father of four children with multiple interests in Mathematics, Science primarily Physics, and within Physics Dark Energy research and Planetary Sciences as well as Quantum Cosmology. I maintain the web log "Multiplication by Infinity" and encourage my friends and fellow intellectuals to think outside the box but if it's not too much trouble to keep one foot in. I admire theory born of experimental results, phenomenology, most of all. I am currently founding a theoretical think tank the Somerset Institute for Advanced Logic.

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Neil Bates wrote on Apr. 29, 2014 @ 00:27 GMT
Steven, I see how passionate you are about both our learning more fundamental science, as well as exploring the particulars of our celestial neighborhood - for both edification and practical benefit. Surely you have a point about support and enabling of these endeavors: the government is receding these days as the big source and direction it used to be. There are pros and cons of seeking help from private sources, but it seems to be a necessity regardless for the foreseeable future. Many private achievers are already showing they have much right stuff - particularly in low-orbit launch progress. However, note the continuing capabilities of government bodies, such as the US Navy recently finding out an efficient way to electrolyze and synthesize fuel from seawater and carbon dioxide. Let's hope all sectors can and will continue to promote research and exploration for the common good.

One danger worries me, and that is the tying of research to funders who may want to control what is said. REM, "it's hard to tell the truth when your paycheck depends on not doing so" etc. So we especially need research funding based on respect for the scientific method, for veritas.

PS, my own essay is here. It's about improving our way of thinking, and hopefulness on that account due to our minds being more than as AI presumes. Cheers.

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Joe Fisher wrote on Apr. 29, 2014 @ 16:21 GMT
Dear Mr. Colyer-Sivco,

I thought that your essay was exceptionally well written. I do have one minor quibble that I do hope you do not mind me mentioning.

Einstein’s general and special theory of relativity is incorrect. Einstein’s assertion that e=mc² is incorrect. Light is the only stationary substance in the real Universe.

INERT LIGHT THEORY

Based on my...

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Don Limuti wrote on May. 24, 2014 @ 21:37 GMT
Steven,

I like your essay very much. "Ah, but a Man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a Heaven for?"

An insightful history of science.

Thanks,

Don Limuti

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James A Putnam wrote on May. 25, 2014 @ 14:47 GMT
G. Steven Colyer-Sivco,

Wow! You need more ratings. You receive mine now. Your essay is a welcome encouragement for steering without the yokes (These are my words. You may not agree.) that come with idealists' plans to fix-the-world. A fair-minded mixture of freedom and cooperation with recognition of the good side of the nature of humanity. We are not "a lost child" as another essayist wrote. We are adventurers overcoming great obstacles. Some of what you wrote I would have said differently, but, that is irrelevant. My thoughts are mine, your thoughts are yours, and it is yours that I learn from by reading your essay. It was a wonderful read. Thank you for writing it.

James Putnam

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James A Putnam wrote on May. 25, 2014 @ 16:34 GMT
G. Steven Colyer-Sivco,

Since I rated your essay as the 5th rating, you quickly received probably a 4 and a 2. You need three more ratings that hopefully lift you up enough to make the finals. Good luck.

James

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Anonymous wrote on May. 26, 2014 @ 00:57 GMT
Hi G. Steven,

I enjoyed reading your essay, it is well written.

Rich philanthropists do have the power to steer humanity in positive directions. The model towns of major chocolate manufacturers are examples of how money can be used to greatly improve quality of life while still making good commercial sense.The Towns That Chocolate Built Look at Google images to see lovely Bournville.

Best wishes, Georgina

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Georgina Woodward replied on May. 26, 2014 @ 00:58 GMT
That Anonymous was me

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Neil Bates wrote on May. 26, 2014 @ 18:11 GMT
Steven, I'm glad to see that your piece has received the greater attention and rating that it deserved. Good luck.

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Peter Jackson wrote on May. 29, 2014 @ 16:59 GMT
Steven,

A very enjoyable read and resume. I like your comment; "But the cherry on the topping of the whipped cream that is Quantum Mechanics on the fudge of Special Relativity on the ice cream of Maxwell and Newton.." except that of course Paul Dirac did not quite "Unite" SR and QM as they remain incompatible. As Roger Penrose points out there is a still a chasm between the descriptions, even including their perceptions of time itself.

Yet of course nature is one, so a common description IS possible which Bob and Alice find and explain in the allegorical tale of my own essay which I hope you read and enjoy. It shows Einstein was correct in the at we need a new way of thinking. Not only was SR a fudge but QM was not the complete reality (see the reproduced classroom experiments in the end notes).

Well written. I hope my score may help your essay deservedly into the final cut. Best of luck.

Peter

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Anonymous wrote on May. 31, 2014 @ 07:38 GMT
Dear Steven,

Wonderful essay with full of commonsense wisdoms. I do hope we can work together. If you are interested, email me to leo@shi.com. Let's work to together to ensure the survival of the most previous cargo in our universe.

Best wishes,

Leo KoGuan

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KoGuan Leo wrote on May. 31, 2014 @ 07:39 GMT
Dear Steven,

Wonderful essay with full of commonsense wisdoms. I do hope we can work together. If you are interested, email me to leo@shi.com. Let's work together to ensure the survival of the most previous cargo in our universe.

Best wishes,

Leo KoGuan

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Vladimir Rogozhin wrote on Jun. 5, 2014 @ 20:19 GMT
Dear Steven,

I read your essay with great interest. You write in the spirit of Descartes methodical doubt. I am very close in spirit to your ideas. Basic science can overcome the "crisis of representation and interpretation" (T.Romanovskaya "Modern physics and contemporary art-parallels of style".) is relying on imagination to make a more profound interpretation of accumulated Knowledge. We need to deep in the dialectics of Nature, to think more deeply dialectical thought of Heraclitus: "Aion is a child playing, playing checkers; power over the world belongs to the child", to see the primordial structure of Nature, to hear voice of Nature and then draw the sought-for eidos of Universe. I am sure that the picture of the world of physics should be the same rich meanings of the "LifeWorld" (E.Husserl) as the world picture lyricists.

Best regards,

Vladimir

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Anonymous wrote on Jun. 7, 2014 @ 01:52 GMT
Steve,

This is beautifully written; it ties together science, math, history, and politics, to draw a larger picture of how far humanity has come and how much further we still have to go. Your knowledge of the history of science and grasp of how each individual scientist made a difference with his/her own unique contribution is impressive. This breadth of vision is what humanity needs if we...

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Laurel E Kornfeld replied on Jun. 7, 2014 @ 01:54 GMT
I don't know why this comment shows up as Anonymous. I am proud to have written it.

Laurel Kornfeld

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