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by charliem
Sun Jan 22, 2017 3:33 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change
Replies: 445
Views: 85015

Re: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change

People are not stupid, just uninformed. It takes hard work to think independently and do the research it requires. No-one can invent the modern physics (for example) alone. You are always standing on the shoulders of others. Because you have to rely on your intuition and the others you can quite ea...
by charliem
Sun Jan 22, 2017 3:42 am
Forum: News
Topic: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change
Replies: 445
Views: 85015

Re: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change

Before the Internet there was no easy way that the average Joe could made his voice heard, but now there is, and what we read online seems damning to the common Internet citizen intelligence level. Who has not thought, once and again, how unintelligent most people comments sound. Although, of course...
by charliem
Sat Jan 14, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change
Replies: 445
Views: 85015

Re: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change

AGW is no conspiracy. It is a regular fallacy fueled by positive feedback between government hungry for expansion and people who are willing to provide an excuse for it and gain prestige and funding in the course. What government are you referring to? All of them? Do you think that now that the US ...
by charliem
Sat Jan 14, 2017 3:10 am
Forum: News
Topic: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change
Replies: 445
Views: 85015

Re: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change

Maui wrote:Why is a worldwide conspiracy of a huge number of scientist so easy to believe, but it is so hard to believe the concentrated wealth of a small number of oil companies can be used to generate propaganda from a relatively small number of "experts".
And that, in my opinion, is the key question.
by charliem
Thu Jan 12, 2017 5:15 am
Forum: News
Topic: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change
Replies: 445
Views: 85015

Re: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change

Watch out for the intellectual trap where you believe something so strongly that all people who disagree must be crazy ... Can't you see that this phrase also applies to most of the "skeptics", even to yourself? Just change 'crazy' for 'dumb' (or, switch 'all people who disagree' for 'all scientist...
by charliem
Sun Jan 08, 2017 9:34 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change
Replies: 445
Views: 85015

Re: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change

Yes, it is unfortunate that some science has been politicized these last decades, although I don't think we can blame that on the scientists. My take on Occam's Razor is a bit different that pbelter's. In my opinion Einstein explained its essence quite well in this famous quote of his: “Everything s...
by charliem
Sat Jan 07, 2017 3:37 am
Forum: News
Topic: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change
Replies: 445
Views: 85015

Re: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change

Thank you for your comment pbelter, it gave me a lot to think about. I was a global warming skeptic too, until about then years back (a bit after reading Michael Chichton's novel, State Of Fear And you are saying that the book convinced you AGW is real? No, that novel didn't convince me, but it star...
by charliem
Fri Jan 06, 2017 9:04 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change
Replies: 445
Views: 85015

Re: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change

You know, I was a global warming skeptic too, until about ten years back (a bit after reading Michael Chichton's novel, State Of Fear, in which climate change activism plays a big part), what I have never been is very interested in persuading anyone else, neither before nor after. What DOES interest...
by charliem
Thu Jan 05, 2017 4:04 am
Forum: News
Topic: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change
Replies: 445
Views: 85015

Re: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change

If/when technology advances to the point that I live on Earth but work on Mars and spend weekends on Alpha Centauri II, which place am I overpopulating? OK, so your opinion is that we will probably be able to travel to other habitable planets within this century, and exploit their resources, ergo, ...
by charliem
Wed Jan 04, 2017 9:01 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change
Replies: 445
Views: 85015

Re: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change

Thanks for the answer Diogenes. So, if I understand your correctly, you say that we are going to have an overpopulation problem in the world, just not in the US, is that right? Sorry pbelter, but I'm not sure I follow you. Are you suggesting to send the excess of population to another planet, or jus...
by charliem
Wed Jan 04, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change
Replies: 445
Views: 85015

Re: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change

You piqued my curiosity. If I understand you correctly, you say that if the world has a problem it is that we are too few. OK. So the 7 and something billion humans that we are now is not enough. What about the 11-12 billion we are going to be, according to the projections I've seen, before the end ...
by charliem
Wed Jan 04, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change
Replies: 445
Views: 85015

Re: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change

Overpopulation, drinking water shortages, food shortages, energy shortages, global warming, superbugs, terrorism, war, etc. All these problems, and more, are bound to cause some (worldwide?) suffering in the coming decades. That suffering can be ameliorated greatly if we behave intelligently, the ca...
by charliem
Mon Jan 02, 2017 12:38 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change
Replies: 445
Views: 85015

Re: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change

So I have been away for few days enjoying New Year parties and when I come back there is a talk about conspiracy theories here coming form the AGW church? Guys, this is a science forum, if you like to indulge yourselves in the conspiracy theories stuff, I bet there are plenty of other places to do ...
by charliem
Sun Jan 01, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: News
Topic: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change
Replies: 445
Views: 85015

Re: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change

I forgot, for anyone interested in learning a bit about the innumerable ways in which the human mind "misfires" when trying to reason, I highly recommend these two books. They are not fairly technical so you don't need any training in psychology to follow them and, as I said before, they can be an e...
by charliem
Sun Jan 01, 2017 11:01 am
Forum: News
Topic: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change
Replies: 445
Views: 85015

Re: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change

Until just a few years back I thought that fusion was the only kind of energy that could realistically substitute fossil fuels. I'm glad to have been proved wrong. Renewable energy sources are getting there as we speak. Now, that could be bad for fusion. If it takes (as Maui stated, and I concur) mo...