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Futurology and Climate Change

Posted by on Oct 29, 2010 in Ecology | 17 comments

Futurology and Climate Change

Futurology is a fairly new science. Although some people claim it is nothing but mambo jumbo. This post is not intended to find out what stance one should take towards futurology, it is up to everyone what one wants to believe. On the 18. October 2010 I heard Dr. David Passig, who teaches futurology at the Bar Ilan University in Israel, in a radio show. Dr. Passig mentioned that World Population will grow until the middle of the century to 9 billion people. And then he postulated, that until...

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Memo 25.10.2010

Posted by on Oct 25, 2010 in Memos | 6 comments

Memo 25.10.2010

Actually I wanted to publish today a post about Futurologism. I will have to write it another time.   The reason for this delay is the riot I caused, by refusing to bend to pressure of my readers to change something in the post Plastic and Climate Change.  It was a slight difference in years, when Plastic was invented. Everyone can follow the discussion on the comment section of the Link to the post.  Someone called me in a comment a dictator. What does this person call all the people who...

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Plastic and Climate Change

Posted by on Oct 22, 2010 in Ecology | 59 comments

Plastic and Climate Change

  One of the materials which characterizes modern time is Plastic. Plastic is to be found everywhere. Life without plastic would be impossible today. Right now, as you read this post you are using plastic, the computer is mostly made of plastic. As a matter of fact, glass and steel are also synthetic matters. But since they are known to us for thousands of years, we tend to take them as granted. With plastic it is something else. Plastic was invented at 1855 by Alexander Parkes, it was the...

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The Dictatorship of Nature

Posted by on Oct 17, 2010 in Ecology | 9 comments

The Dictatorship of Nature

We all live in, what is called in German the Sachzwang. The dictionary translates it as Inherent necessity. I, personally prefer to call it the dictate of a situation. A situation which determines our actions. If one is not rich, one has to work. And even the rich person is not free from the Sachzwang, the wealth must be managed and increased. It was always like that, we were limited because of technologies not yet invented. Humans once could not do what is today common. The other side of the...

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Ecological Villages

Posted by on Oct 14, 2010 in Ecology | 18 comments

Ecological Villages

Many people grow more and more dissatisfied with the modern life style. In addition there is also the danger that the climate will change and there are many more disquieting problems which plague the world. Not all of those people, but quite a lot of them are looking for an alternative life style and establish so called Ecovillages. Are the Ecovillages the answer to the ecological problem? Do they show us practical solutions how to save energy and resources? A model fit for modern times and not...

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