Emotions, Folk logic and Science

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  1. Crofter

    Crofter New Member

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    Lots of heat in there! Everyone is different in how they are tugged by a topic. We are very much part of a complex and subconscious value system. Some have areas of definite analytical and critical approach and at the same time have other areas of their lives that are strongly emotion and intuition driven that are highly refractory to analysis. Here is a link to one mans rethinking of his thinking.

    http://www.marklynas.org/2013/01/lecture-to-oxford-farming-conference-3-january-2013/

    Re examining our prejudices is something we do reluctantly because it commonly has the connotation of admitting that we were previously wrong. It really should be an occasion for thanksgiving but that is not the way we are wired.
     
  2. Iddee

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    All I can say is, they need to put him back in his straight jacket and secure his cell better.
     

  3. tecumseh

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    it is really all about the money! <if not so??? why then were patents on plants not legal until folks like Monsanto got into the business of splicing gene into various kinds of plants?

    I don't know much of the speakers resume but quite evidently he could use a remedial course in economics.
     
  4. Marbees

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    More questions than answers, and how do we know that 20 years from now he wont start preaching against his today's believes?
    Changing one's believes and values used to be a part of growing up, maturing. However, changing it often, and demanding public attention at every stage doesn't help with one's credibility.
     
  5. tecumseh

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    a long time ago Marbee one of the first things I learned was.... no wise man follows a constant course nor follows a consistent philosophy < which is to say that the context of what is known tomorrow will not be what it is today.
     
  6. Crofter

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    Tec, one of Dad's sayings "The truth of today becomes the fallacy of tomorrow", quite agrees with your words. There has been such an acceleration of technology since the second world war that we seem obligated to be guinea pigs to many things that used to be tested by nature over a much longer time frame. We are now soundly into crisis management dealing with unforseen consequences. Tainter refers to the costs of complexity and costs to mitigate the ills of previous cures. Put that on the menu with the general faith of more growth being the cure to our present ailments and we sure seem to be dizzily on a merry go round. How do we get off without killing ourselves.