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Is Reality Digital or Analog?
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What's Ultimately Possible in Physics?
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Orenda Urbano Hernández: on 5/30/14 at 22:01pm UTC, wrote Dear Muteru, An excellent basis to fundament solutions in the nature of...

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CATEGORY: How Should Humanity Steer the Future? Essay Contest (2014) [back]
TOPIC: LIVING IN THE SHADOWS OF THE SUN: REALITIES, PERILS ESCAPADES MAN, PLANET AND KARDASHEV SCALE.MAKING THE GREAT TRANSITION by Michael muteru [refresh]
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Author Michael muteru wrote on Apr. 24, 2014 @ 14:30 GMT
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With current population surpassing the 7 billon mark, energy requirements exponentially rise with demographics. Living in a planetary system of finite natural resources the Biosphere in turn overstretched. Humanity has to think outside the box to quench this thirst for energy within our technology means. I apply the notion of harnessing the energy of the sun (star...

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Joe Fisher wrote on Apr. 30, 2014 @ 18:06 GMT
Dear Mr. Muteru,

Although I did not understand most of your essay, I am sure that the better educated fellow essayists will be able to decipher it and rate it highly.

You wrote: "10 to the 500 power unique Quantum mathematical spaces." Unique can only happen once.

Regards,

Joe Fisher

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Author Michael muteru replied on May. 10, 2014 @ 18:15 GMT
10 to power zero,any number to power zero equals one

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Neil Bates replied on May. 11, 2014 @ 00:20 GMT
Joe, Mr. Muteru probably meant, there are 10500 different possible states of string recombination that are "unique" in the sense of, each one if different from the others instead of any being copies of others (like, if you had five different polygons to chose from, etc.)

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Neil Bates wrote on May. 11, 2014 @ 00:24 GMT
Mr. Muteru, I think your diagnosis is essentially correct. I like that you emphasize the need for using solar energy, and to use green methods and take advantage of biomass. One possible way to do this, is the use of the drug-free strains of industrial hemp (from which rope has been made, etc.) My own essay deals with possible improvements to the human mind, in advance of particular objective policy ideas. Perhaps one application of the willpower training I advocate will be smaller families, as well as less consumption.

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Author Michael muteru replied on May. 23, 2014 @ 19:57 GMT
Dear Neil i appreciate you alot,i did read & rate your essay.This year's title was mindbending,i believe each & every author deserves a handsome reward in points which we used our voting codes for,the rest we leave to fqxi judges.

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Domenico Oricchio wrote on May. 16, 2014 @ 18:12 GMT
Thank you for reading my essay.

I don't think that the collapse of the Egypt and Sudan civilization was due to neglected nature, I think that other examples can be the Rapa Nui civilization, the Pitcairn Island and can be the Maya (Collapse of Jared Diamond).

All the number coincidences disappears changing the unit of measure: the meter, the second, the gram are arbitrary standard definitions, so that each human measure can have an arbitrary value.

There are fossil, sciencific evidences that man evolved from apes, no logical reasoning can defeat an experimental result.

The other parts are readable, but I don't see the steering of the contest.

This year I vote only the best essays, that deserve a vote greater of seven (I don't want downgrading other essays), but your vote for my essay is honest (no downgrading, and my essay does deserve it, even thought that I do not care nothing), so that you force me (just this one) to raise your rating above my value.

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Gbenga Michael Ogungbuyi wrote on May. 16, 2014 @ 21:39 GMT
Dear Michael,

I have left a message of my thread for your reply after reading my article. I will read it and rate it as well. I notice your thread is virtually empty! Why is this so? Kindly respond to the earlier replies to keep your page inviting. You could also be busy as myself, schedule your time so that your essay can likewise count. It will well with you.

Regards

Gbenga

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Brent Pfister wrote on May. 17, 2014 @ 04:26 GMT
Michael, thank you for reading my essay. I read yours and will add a rating soon. You know a lot about diverse areas of science and philosophy. I had to use the dictionary seven times. Green is eventually the only way to go if a clean energy breakthrough cannot be achieved. My cousin does small scale organic farming and I worry about being able to feed everyone that way. I really liked the part about the Wright brothers.

Thank you for entering the contest,

Brent

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Author Michael muteru replied on May. 23, 2014 @ 21:35 GMT
Dear Brent.thanks for the review,in the essay,i meant to reach out to everyone,i don't insist neccesarily on small scale holdings.The Larger the unit holding the more efficient the outcome.Due to high populations-large tracts of land are scarce, small scale farms,are in essence what a large population own and can work on,or use Land reclammation methods to make the land arable.thanks

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Charles Gregory St Pierre wrote on May. 17, 2014 @ 07:55 GMT
Dear Michael,

Thank you for your essay.

You have expressed many important sentiments. I especially like:

"Governance will not be about oversight but foresight."

I'm not sure the earth can hold 11 Billion people. Certainly not in the comfort to which many have become accustomed.

Many religious people believe that a future earth is not the heaven they were promised, and use that excuse to despoil the earth and over-burden it.

"The greatest gift we can bestow on our offspring is a clean, beautiful, planet." The planet is our only gift to our offspring. It is up to us to improve the quality of that gift, instead of degrading it, as we have been doing.

Neither, as the Buddha says, will anyone else save us.

Best of luck in the competition.

Charles

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Kimmo Rouvari wrote on May. 17, 2014 @ 09:28 GMT
Hi Michael,

Very original essay indeed! Unfortunately that wasn't my cup of tea. Never the less, good luck in your efforts!

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Gbenga Michael Ogungbuyi wrote on May. 26, 2014 @ 11:38 GMT
Dear Michael,

I have surveyed your essay has I promised. I specifically appreciate the spirit of Africa which you did project and defining humanity specifically in your own school of thought. This a bold step that I do not think is common in this forum. I noticed you rarely space your writing. It will make your words clumsy and hence uninteresting for readers. This was also demostrated while preparing your references. This piece of product at your age is a giant stride toward greatness.

Keep it up. I have also rated you high to increase your visibility. Hope to still keep in touch even after this competition. How is Africa at end?

I am not sure you rated mine!

Best regards

Gbnega

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Peter Jackson wrote on May. 26, 2014 @ 16:07 GMT
Michael,

An interesting and valuable contribution. It was a little difficult to read due to lack of spacing but that was not to detract from the content. I most wholeheartedly agree the fundamental tenet;

"Humanity has to think outside the box to quench this thirst for energy within our technology (sic) means."

I suggest we also have to 'think outside the box' more to improve our understanding of nature, so advance our technology. I offer a quantum leap I hope you're interested in; The universe may indeed be quantum but also far more comprehensible that at present! I look forward to your comments.

Well done for yours, looking good in my modulation schedule. Very best wishes.

Peter

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Orenda Urbano Hernández wrote on May. 30, 2014 @ 22:01 GMT
Dear Muteru,

An excellent basis to fundament solutions in the nature of cosmos using math-physics-spirit like a tool to create cybernetics solution that are following the laws of cosmos (physics, mathematics, thermodynamics, chemistry, etc…).

Creating a reality composed by the several dimensions laws and nature of cosmos to design accurate, efficient and profitable solutions is a key issue that Human Kind may consider as a goal. Black Sky Thinking also shares that the vortex to create accurate solutions is the Human Being.

Black Sky Thinking differs with “Living in the shadow of the sun” in the definition of Humanity, the difference radicates in that Human Kind is not just a biological existence of the Hominin Species but a group of systems that lead to complexity able to self-modying and pass from the biology complex structures toward a self-designed structures of reality.

Fascinating proposal that includes and expanded, reliable and realistic solution because as reality expands the dimension of human reality beyond the sciences of math, physics, chemistry, biology and includes linguistics, education and history.

I also share a deep appreciation and respect for Africa, It is very refreshing to read that the vision of “Living in the shadow” includes this amazing continent source of Humanity and keeps being a source of inspiration.

Wish you good luck and congratulate you for the fantastic essay that was delightful to read and lead toward insightful conceptions.

Kindly,

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