smichel

smichel

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    Well the open ended aspect of pure research for uncovering truth is a strength and weakness simultaneously. A strength because it uncovers and makes us know what we did not expect- a weakness because it is open ended and unstructured...
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    AFK.. and back : So with research in ecology hasn't systems thinking and computational methods made any inroads? It has with complex systems like weather predictions and climate research. Too bad ecology is the stepchild of today's environmental concerns (the...
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    The mash up of ecology topics and economics is as ancient as ..well farming and trade. Today, however it has become a hot new topic since infinite economic growth is starting to hit a wall with finite resource extraction. There...
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    I think your analogy is way off and/or you don't fully grasp the mechanics of ecological succession. Eg. your analogy fails to consider 'sequoias' suddenly appearing where none was before. Ecological succession requires each stage to have certain pre-existing conditions...
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    An interesting read on topic is New Scientist magazine recent book reviews on "Work in an age of robots" Several books are reviewed: Rise of the Robots: Technology and the threat of a jobless future by Martin Ford Culture Crash:...
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    Chekhov said "Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." or we can go buy G.K. Chesterton premise: “Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons...
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    "In the 18th century, not surprisingly, wealthy noble patrons favored work that supported the aristocratic ideal, claiming that this was art as opposed to popular trash. If patrons didn't actually contribute cash to needy authors, they could influence the marketplace...
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