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I will use the first post to define some of my basic ideas in practical philosophy. (They are revisited and rehashed in various posts)
HEALTH CARE REFORM:
Keep it simple. Medicare For All. Except people below 65 years of age could buy in, as with any private health care plan. Then give Medicare the right to negotiate costs with any health provider. Then see what happens: reform! That would indeed put the US system on track to become like the French one. The French health care system is the best in the world (according to international studies and health statistics), and very innovative for state of the art treatments, from grafting all sorts of organs, to genetic treatments, but is also highly adaptative to the problems of cost and, more generally, efficiency. It does function as a giant Medicare For All.
BANKERS CREATE MONEY, SO THEY ARE CIVIL SERVANTS:
Non leveraged banking has existed, and was practiced for millennia. The present system is very different.
The present highly leveraged private banking makes bankers into those who truly create money, historically, a regalian function. Second only to creating an army. As Baron Nathan Mayer Rothschild put it:
n“I care not what puppet is placed on the throne of England to rule the Empire, …The man that controls Britain’s money supply controls the British Empire. And I control the money supply.”
Right now the empire of bankers is the entire planet.
There are then two ways to look at this; either, and it’s the present point of view, the bankers are kings. So Bush and Obama give them all the money they can find, after bankers lost all the money put in their trust, so they can play with the world again, with the same money they had in their trust before.
Or, and more correctly, bankers are civil servants, because they create most of the money used in the state, a necessary function of the state. That point of view, the correct one, makes bankers into corrupt, very corrupt civil servants, but still civil servants.
In the first point of view, bankers overlord the planet, in the second they serve us.
Nobody has noticed that bankers are servants, because bankers have distributed enough money around among the elite, especially the democratically elected elite, for nobody to notice. Modern banking is thus equivalent to the system of “tax farming” that existed in France under the Old Regime to raise taxes. What we have here is money farming. And those farmers are all powerful, as the fermiers generaux used to be in Old France. It is exactly the same thing, just more outrageous now. The fermiers generaux were guillotined during the Revolution. (Including the founder of chemistry, Lavoisier discoverer and creator, among other things, of the gas and name: oxygen.)
The creation of a derivative financial universe has deprived the real universe of finance. But finance was created to serve the real universe, not to serve as a pretext for bonuses of banksters. Banksters bonuses in 2009, in the USA alone: 145 billion dollars, about half the size of the real stimulus (once taken out emergency aid to the states and alternate minimum tax inflation correction).
Financial derivatives ought to be treated as the drugs they are. One ought never to forget that they are DERIVATIVE to the real world economy. They ought not to behave as if they were INTEGRAL (Integral and derivative have precise mathematical menaing that has been neglected by economists and financiers up to 2010, I hope to draw their attention to that fact, supposing they have any).
Some derivatives have to be outlawed, just as some drugs are outlawed.
Any derivative that is permitted ought to be so if and only if SAFE and EFFECTIVE. Leverage for each derivative and each investor, ought to vary, depending whether the derivatives investor is a commercial operator, or not.
In any case, all derivatives ought to be fully backed up, and proof ought to be available. Finally, a set of derivatives as a system ought to be authorized if and only if a DAMPING mechanism, when submitted to financial perturbation of whatever nature or intensity. (Damping has also a precise mathematical meaning.)
“CLIMATE CHANGE”: NOT EVEN THE ENTIRE PROBLEM. ACIDIFICATION THROUGH CARBONIFICATION IS THE KILLER.
This is a misnomer. It is not just about “Climate Change”, and “Climate Change” is NOT the biggest problem in connection with the carbon dioxide rise. The CO2 rate we now know from fossil (foraminifers) studies was always under 300ppm, except during transient, disastrous volcanic events, in the last 20 million years.
Glaciations have occurred in the last 4 million years, from continental drift, probably, and the end process of a cooling started even before the disappearance of dinosaurs. Our present biosphere evolved to adapt itself to glaciations. it had millions of years to do so. Our present CO2 equivalent ppm is 450.
The worst part (and it is how the foraminifer measurement works) is that carbon dioxide reacts with water, to make CARBONIC ACID. There is plenty of evidence (on my site) that acidification is how the dinosaurs died (from giant volcanic eruptions that the present carbonification mimics) . By 2100 CE, in a few years, massive plankton death should ensue.
Not only will we drown in a steaming bath, but acid shall dissolve the very tiny bones that make life possible on the planet. Because plankton is not just nutritious for the pyramid of life, but is full of photosynthetic animals ehich create the very oxygen we breathe, and makes intelligence possible in this world. There is no contempt enough appropriate to describe what we are doing to our biosphere.
BRAIN PHILOSOPHY, OR WHY NO EMOTION, NO COGITATION, NO BAIN, NO BRAIN:
The way the brain works seems to be this. the brain incarnates a logical system, incarnated by neurons, synapses and the axons and dentrites that unify them. It is an immensely complicated logic, well beyond present day symbolic logic, because neurons and synapses act like variable computers, and even the smallest pieces of the system are geometrodynamic. Moreover, last but not least, Quantum Mechanics of the most powerful type (non local entanglements) is used throughout. Thus not the neuronal man is more complicated than any classical computer we can imagine, but it is also entangled with a Quantum Computer, a creature we know exist, but don’t know if we can make even the simplest version of.
However bafflingly involved this is, it’s only part of the story. The other part is emotion. emotions impact the neuronal system, but also the astroglial system. This is a network of cell, throughout the brain which support neurons and entice them to grow dentrites in some particular direction, depending upon their activity. Astroglia are powerful; they can turn into neurons. They answer to various chemicals in the brain. Those chemicals increase the dimension of the brain. When one looks at the brain as what physicists call a “phase space”; thus the brain is a very high dimensional object… without even involving Quantum mechanics, which may add an infinite number of dimensions (which, according to the author is what Quantum Mechanics, QFT and SUSY boils down to).
So we have a secondary, emotional, system which guides the construction of the neurological one, according to the need. Need of what? will ask philosophers, need of whom? will ask the primitives. Well, need of the survival, as dictated by the environment. BRAIN WITHOUT BAIN IS NO BRAIN. The bain (Middle Age English, id est French, for “bath”) is the environment.
They are highly intuitive. Indeed, the countability of the logos, versus the uncountability of the mind, is the essence of the incompleteness theorems of 20C logic. Any discourse cannot cover the general theory, as soon as the later contains arithmetic (Cantor Diagonalization shows non countability).
Why the logos is countable: because it is made of a finite set of symbols arranged in strings, and so are the logical operations made on it. Why the mind is uncountable: Cantor diagonalization process. Better and worse: the brain is geometric, and Quantum entangled: infinite Hilbert (this is proven by 2010 experimental biology).
SCIENCE: Philosophy and science are two sides of the same coin: understanding, the essence of the human genus, and of the human genius. The methodologies are complementary, not contradictory.