Category Archives: Optimism

Mind the Brain

The better you can understand your brain, the better you can understand your own mind. And understanding your own mind is an open door to self-liberation and freedom. Short of that, every human being is a slave to mindless habits, … Continue reading

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Arthur Robinson PhD: A Competent Man

A Portrait of Competence Art Robinson received a BS in Chemistry from Cal Tech — where he was a student of Linus Pauling — and a PhD in Chemistry from UCSD, where he taught chemistry for a few years before … Continue reading

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How to Find Happiness in an Unhappy World

Dimensions of Happiness Happiness is almost never where you think you will find it. If you become too impatient — if you never learn how to set the table and allow happiness to come to dinner — you may set … Continue reading

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What to do If You Win the Lottery

The odds are against you. But someone will win the next big lottery. If it happens to be you, wouldn’t you rather be prepared? Consider some advice from people whose job it is to guide recipients of unexpected windfalls. You … Continue reading

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Why Many People Seem so Angry and Miserable

Unhappy Habits of Many People Seeing Themselves as Victims: Unhappy persons see their lives as out of their own control. Being helpless victims absolves them from all responsibility for their lives. Chronic Pessimism: A pessimistic outlook usually becomes self-fulfilling. It … Continue reading

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Malthusian Monkeys Screech of Doom

Update: New steel alloy has strength to weight ratio of titanium at one tenth the cost (Nature Abstract) When Paul Ehrlich, John Holdren, and John Harte wagered Julian Simon $10,000 that the cost of commodities and natural resources would always … Continue reading

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Can Earth Support 100 Billion Humans Comfortably?

Paul Ehrlich, a Stanford University biologist, wrote his book The Population Bomb in 1968. In it he warned of doom and gloom – resource depletion, species extinction and a human population so large that as a species we would face … Continue reading

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Fountain of Youth: Pouring Young Blood Into Old Bodies?

The search for the fountain of youth is following many different paths, including the “seven-fold path” of SENS, suspended animation via cryonic vitrification, tweaking the immune system to boost human resilience, increasing the length of telomeres, regenerative medicine, stem cells, … Continue reading

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It’s Alive: Convert Empty Shells into Livable Houses, Quickly

To convert any weather-resistant shell into a modern functioning, versatile house, you need to give the shell a modern heart: Plumbing, HVAC, Electricity, water heating, bathroom, kitchen with appliances, plus gas and data services as required. All of those functions … Continue reading

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Radical Abundance vs. Decline and Collapse

You Are Not Likely to Starve Unless you live under a corrupt and incompetent government in Africa or a cruel dictatorship in North Korea, you are unlikely to starve to death. An abundant global excess of food is produced every … Continue reading

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Pessimism: It’s Easier and More Natural

Think of “Pessimism” as the default state for “experts” and “know it alls” …our innate tendency to be pessimistic but also want to be certain about the future means that “the gloom-mongers have it easy,” as author Dan Gardner argues … Continue reading

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The Future: Problems are Guaranteed; Doom Isn’t

We are living in an apocalyptic age. We have been living in the apocalyptic age for many decades — even centuries and more. Humans are strangely attracted to the apocalyptic mindset. Perhaps the doomer mentality is an intentional but subconscious … Continue reading

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