Respecting your peers

Respecting others is sometimes almost impossible. Right-wing extremism, left-wing extremism, religious or political fundamentalism, anti-science, flat-eathers, etc. But in my view, they should all be respected from the outset. Continue reading Respecting your peers


The rest of your life on a paper sheet

For those in here who never saw this little article, I decided to repost it:

I am 47 years old. With healthy living, great luck and good genes, I will live to the age of 96, perhaps even older. There are approximately 50 years left. Or 2,600 weeks, signified by 2,600 squares on this A4 paper sheet…


Future Science Forecasting

by Simon Olling Rebsdorf*

Natural sciences, such as physics, astronomy and biology, have developed explosively in the 20th century. Naturally, we have no reliable knowledge of how they will develop in the future, and we can only guess about future discoveries. While there are extremely reliable predictions of nature based on scientific theories, there is no equivalent prediction of science itself. Nevertheless, we are not referring to pure guesswork, because the history of recent science at least gives us a clue to future developments—but, perhaps, no more than that. Continue reading Future Science Forecasting

The Delusion of Escaping Earth to Space

Don’t ever expect mass immigration from the Earth. Nowhere in our solar System  offers a climate just as gentle as in the Antarctic or the top of Mount Everest. I think it is a dangerous delusion to think that space offers an escape from Earth’s problems. Dealing with climate change on Earth is a doddle compared to terraforming Mars. There is no planet B. But we should cheer on these space adventures, anyway.

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