Provocation #112 Population As we look for positive plausible scenarios for the future we need to be imaginative, compassionate and realistic. Economics can play a crucial role in creating an economy that is supportive. But when the history of our time is written a key question will be: why didn't we deal with the obvious? … Continue reading 1915. Population and economics
To deal with GardenWorld, human biology, anthropology, literature, history... all relevant. The brain is not a good substitute for mind. The activity in the brain has loops through senses and musculature to the outside reality. The specification of what is in the brain thus requires reference to the external world. (See especially Piaget)
We need to have the mentality of protecting and developing what is ours, not what is mine alone. I am thinking of Puerto Rico and Mexico and Korea.. and..Is some version version of a less religious christianity possible? These people are our people, not just today, but six weeks from now,, six hundred years from … Continue reading 1900. Compassion
Optimism comes either from weak thinking, .....or from a serious understanding of the difficulties to be overcome.
It is important to bear in mind that Adam Smith was at a cross roads in thinking, between a literary and a newtonian approach to understanding society. The imperative in economics. and much of intellectual life in current times, is toward calculability, which requires assumptions of stability, which is politically conservative. The needs of “big … Continue reading 1898. the reduction to pleasure and pain
Provocation 103, Smith between two worlds. Smith is like Einstein: the image is so powerful that we do not see much of what came before or after. Adam wrote at a time when interest in all things human was shifting to interest in science and quantification. History has treated him as more the source of … Continue reading 1895. Adam Smith between two worlds.
The danger is that all the professionals and siloed agencies will rush in with the plan of rebuilding to match the past. It would be much better if we could first think of the goal (kind of society) and then plan on how to get there, taking into account further likely disruptions (eathquakes, plagues) and … Continue reading 1894. The better use of rebuilding after Irma (and Harvey, Jose)
I have followed much of the reporting on Houston, Harvey and earlier, Katrina, Iraq, the California drought and rains. Obviously we are slow to imagine the scope of these events. As citizens and as governments. Houston faces the problem of - how many people displaced? We have two middle class family friends who live in … Continue reading 1889. Houston and beyond
Socrates got us off to a good start. "What is the fit life for a human being" But the conservative moved in with "Hiw do you know?" And evcer since philosophy has been trying to answer that question, not the previous question. A teacher of mine Mexico 1966-68. Painted a year ago from memory. … Continue reading 1863. Philosophy?