Category: Of General Interest
|January 26, 2018||Posted by News under Biomimicry, Of General Interest|
Not just to zap prey, apparently. From Ed Yong at the Atlantic: It’s a remote control. It’s a tracking device. It can deliver shocks of up to 600 volts. But then you did want to stay awake, didn’t you? You think the electric eel is shocking? You haven’t seen anything yet. In this episode of […]
|January 10, 2018||Posted by kairosfocus under Food for thought, Free Speech, General interest, Media, Media Manipulation, Agit-Prop &/or Lawfare, Of General Interest, UD's Sci-Tech watch|
A few days ago, frequent commenter Dionisio noted: >>http://www.ranking.com/ Web Rank Biblegateway.com 168 MIT.edu 7,280 HARVARD.edu 7,246 Nature.com 7,449 Desiringgod.org 10,105 Answersingenesis.org 11,865 Gty.org 15,018 Icr.org 19,037 Religionnews.com 22,188 Rzim.org 35,858 Samaritanspurse.org 40,274 Truthforlife.org 49,862 Royalsociety.org 53,686 Evolutionnews.org 58,755 Jamesmacdonald.com 60,164 Reasons.org 65,259 Uncommondescent.com 80,763 Pandasthumb.org 106,377 Kodugamelab.com 668,032>> I took a look, especially at […]
Just now, I responded to a point JM made in the current James Tour thread. I think the comment chain is worth headlining: KF, 14: >> why debate someone when instead: [a] you can ignore, marginalise and rob of publicity? [b] you can caricature, smear, slander and poison the well? [c] you dominate institutions and […]
|September 25, 2017||Posted by PaV under Cell biology, Design inference, Evolutionary biology, Of General Interest|
This just in from PhysOrg: We had no idea that we would discover that transcription factors operated in this clustered way. The textbooks all suggested that single molecules were used to switch genes on and off, not these crazy nano footballs that we observed.” The team believe the clustering process is due to an ingenious […]
|November 21, 2016||Posted by Joshua G under Biology, General interest, Intelligent Design, News, Of General Interest|
Despite being an ID advocate for several years now (and having an authors account on this forum), I haven’t really taken the time to put pen to paper and write about it, apart from a few lengthy exchanges I had with a close friend and critic of ID. He has since stepped away from the […]
|November 13, 2016||Posted by News under Astronomy, News, Of General Interest|
From Elizabeth Howell at Space.com: November’s full moon on Monday (Nov. 14) will be the biggest and brightest one since 1948, making it a great time to get outside and marvel at the lunar sight for stargazers around the world. But if it happens to be cloudy in your area, don’t despair. You can […]
|November 4, 2016||Posted by News under Intelligent Design, Of General Interest, Peer review|
From Kate Becker at Nautilus: Before arXiv, preprint papers were available only within small scientific circles, distributed by hand and by mail, and the journals in which they were ultimately published months later (if they were published at all) were holed up in university libraries. But arXiv has democratized the playing field, giving scientists instant […]
|October 25, 2016||Posted by Steve Fuller under Ethics, Intelligent Design, Of General Interest, Philosophy, Science fiction, Science, Mathematics, Philosophy and (Natural) Theology, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society|
We started by assuming that Pilate made a mistake of world-historic proportions when he condemned Jesus to death. However, as Pilate in Purgatory explores the alternative histories that would result in a better world, he may come to discover that each of those alternatives would have resulted in a worse world because they would have also prevented the Resurrection of Jesus, which is the cornerstone of the Christian faith
|October 9, 2016||Posted by News under News, Of General Interest|
He can do it, what stops us? Meanwhile, others take a different view: Child Euthanasia Centre Soon To Open In Netherlands Civilizations must decide.
|July 30, 2016||Posted by News under Intelligent Design, News, Of General Interest|
So he tells the Guardian: Our planet and the human race face multiple challenges. These challenges are global and serious – climate change, food production, overpopulation, the decimation of other species, epidemic disease, acidification of the oceans. Such pressing issues will require us to collaborate, all of us, with a shared vision and cooperative endeavour […]
|July 17, 2016||Posted by News under News, Of General Interest|
|June 24, 2016||Posted by kairosfocus under Geo-strategic issues, governance, News, Of General Interest, Off Topic, Politics/policy and origins issues|
Initial thoughts, here. (It looks like WP servers are giving traffic troubles, so a try to get through.) END
|June 12, 2016||Posted by kairosfocus under Geo-strategic issues, News, Of General Interest, Off Topic|
Drudge headline: A bit of background: The club may have attracted terrorist attention. Info re believed shooter. Allegiance to Islamic State Worst mass shooting in US? Islamic State claims responsibility US Prez: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of the victims.“ Sky News: embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt I add, […]
|May 6, 2016||Posted by News under Intelligent Design, News, Of General Interest|
Jellyfish April 24, 2016 at informally named “Enigma Seamount” at a depth of ~3,700 meters: From April 20 to July 10, 2016, NOAA and partners will conduct the three-cruise Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas expedition on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to collect critical baseline information of unknown and poorly known areas in and around the […]
|March 22, 2016||Posted by kairosfocus under Geo-strategic issues, News, Of General Interest, Off Topic, Video|
The developing pattern of terrorist attacks in the West continues. Looks like a bombing at an airport and a metro station in Brussels after a terrorist mastermind was captured Friday last. It seems so far, 26 dead, dozens wounded. The airport bombing may be a suicide bombing. Sky News, live: embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt […]
|February 26, 2016||Posted by DLH under Atheism, Big Bang, Books of interest, Cosmology, ID Foundations, Intelligent Design, Of General Interest, Origin Of Life, Philosophy, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society|
Criminologist and former atheist Mike Adams summarizes the three foundational philosophical alternatives to the Cosmos: First, we can say that it came into being spontaneously – in other words, that it came to be without a cause. Second, we can say that it has always been. Third, we can posit some cause outside the physical […]
|December 25, 2015||Posted by kairosfocus under Of General Interest, Politics/policy and origins issues|
First, a Merry Christmas and a happy new year to one and all! Next, I ran across a lecture on Macro-Economics by Roger W Garrison of Auburn that I thought would be well worth digesting with some Turkey and Ham etc: embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt I think this is of general interest, and also […]
I think this is of general interest, and also connects to one of the driving factors in elections and general policy trends: people vote their pocketbooks. Where, also, economic policies and promises are a key component of policy platforms that include issues on education, sci-tech and the like. So, understanding that wider context is relevant to debates over the design perspective. At basic level, we need to have enough of a layman’s grasp to address the “war on science/ progress” theme that so often drives appeals to reject design oriented thought as inimical to economic and general “progress.” (Somehow, progress to what tends to get ignored or overlooked.)
Let me zoom in a bit and extract and augment Hayek’s investment/production phases, value added triangle:
The pivotal point here is that long before we get to consumable products, there is a long tail of investments and value-adding production rooted in resources and in the ultimate resource, the community of productive, capable people. So we need to modify the old saying, first you gotta grow it or mine it to include: educate it. That way as we “go around the circle” we can see that an economy depends on a natural resource base and is rooted in the community. Three nodal sectors join the domains: natural resources & hazards management, management and support of the human resource (through health, education and welfare efforts), and governance involving culture of governance and leadership, policy-making and policy implementing institutions that affect economic activities.
Garrison powerfully uses the production possibilities frontier model (in the form of capital investment vs consumption spending) to link the investment triangle and a loanable funds market model. I adapt:
Here, we can see how in aggregate, the value producing chain of investments (duly lagged) contributes to consumption and investment. Most investment, of course, is replacement but some opens up new growth. And by shifting to a savings-investment oriented culture, we can see how growth may be enhanced by a first sacrifice of consumption. Which will increase supply in the loanable funds market, naturally reducing rate of interest. In turn, that makes funds available to the longer-term, deeper investments that feed long term growth capability in an economy.
This brings up the challenge of tickling a dragon’s tail.
For, through monetary policy based intervention in the market, interest rate can be reduced, in an effort to trigger enhanced investment and growth. With people still inclined to consume at a higher level than where that moves us on the PPF frontier, the economy tends to move into the beyond the frontier arc of sustainable production levels. This is dangerous, but potentially strategic. Dangerous, as it may feed a malinvestment led boom triggering imbalances in the economy and feeding the tendency of any highly complex system with lags and feedback loops to become oscillatory . . . most famously the 8 – 11 or so year main wave [Kuznets] business cycle:
Strategic, as it can help accelerate growth. Thus, the dangerous, dragon-taming role of development banking and linked investment banking or venture capital investing.
From another perspective, the Aggregate Supply/ Demand (AS-AD) view, we can see that a macro-economy has a general price level and level of output (GDP), more or less based on adding up individual markets [through the Leontieff input-output table that avoids double-counting]:
The trick here is that as aggregate demand rises, bottlenecks appear and the economy saturates. It then tends to resist growth while becoming inflationary; overheating — one form of stagflation. Also, a shocked economy . . . oil price/supply shocks are classic . . . can compress the AS curve, pushing it in, suddenly stagnating an economy. To grow again, such an economy must create room to grow, by expanding relevant supply. (Down this road lies Hitler’s obsession with Lebensraum in the East at the expense of the Slavs, and of course just coincidentally this corresponds to dominance of the Eurasian heartland Mackinder discussed in his famous 1904 lecture on Geopolitics. [More, later; DV. Or if you are impatient, cf. here.] This will gve us a context for criticism of social darwinism and its legacy.)
Drawing back a bit, we can take a long term view, based on Perez’s S-curve generation-dominating technology perspective on the Kondratieff long wave:
Such an S-curve, per simple calculus, is the cumulative effect of a bell-shaped pulse of action, centred on the inflection point. Here, a generation-length wave of innovation and adoption that I like to picture from a marketing/investment perspective:
The point here, is that dominant technologies are designed, funded and introduced, then surge into a marketplace, revolutionising the economic landscape. This is a context for Schumpeter’s creative destruction, by which the creation of a wave of new wealth undermines and makes obsolete old technologies and systems. And, in a limited resource world, we see saturation and dominance for a time.
Then, a new generation breaks in on the scene and the process repeats.
Immediately, this tells us that evolution of technology can be revolutionary and can happen suddenly. That is we see sudden appearance, dominance saturation/stasis, sudden disappearance and replacement, etc. But the world of technology is also telling us that intelligent creativity and design are drivers of such revolutions — in our experience. (The cultural dominance of “Evolution” tends to make us lose sight of the reliably observed source of innovation that comes out in functionally specific, complex, information-rich organised entities and systems [FSCO/I], intelligent design.)
Already, this is important, as it gives us a context of reference for thinking about transformational, revolutionary change, the pattern of a succession of eras dominated by a given order, and evolution by design.
An associated issue is the role of the human resource, especially what lies between our ears:
The Smith Model for bio-cybernetic systems will also help us:
I have long argued that the brain is a processor substrate for the brain-body loop, but that we must also reckon that computation in the end is a blindly mechanical process, much like Leibniz’s mill wheels grinding one against the other. The explanation for the functionally successful complex organisation lies elsewhere than the inherently mechanical process of computation. Likewise, the responsible rational freedom that is a foundation of reasoning, warranting, knowing etc is not found in wheels grinding on wheels. Computation simply is not rational contemplation.
We thus see that the dominant, apparently oh so crassly material processes, products, dynamics and systems of an evolving high tech economy driven world pivot on creativity, ideas and designs deriving from the responsibly free, rationally reflective, deciding mind.
Of this, we must not lose sight.
(And of course, this points to the importance of health, education and welfare concerns in promoting the long term good.)
Pulling back, it seems in retrospect that the oil price surge of 2007 – 9 and high ptrice of oil for some years:
. . . and the 2008 – 9 global financial crisis and recession that have led to the lingering sluggish world economy, point to a long wave trough. So, the issue is, which technologies will power a new wave of transformation. Likely, a combination of deepening Information, Communication and Control Technologies, gene engineering based biotech and energy innovations.
All of which point to the central role of design in the creation of FSCO/I rich systems.
The dominant trends, then, point to a climate favourable to design and information based thinking.
Precisely the ideas climate in which ID will continue to thrive and grow. Somewhere out there, the shade of Marx is laughing. END