[ExI] some inneresting comments of the Krugman graph

Damien Broderick thespike at satx.rr.com
Mon Aug 3 22:46:01 UTC 2009

An exchange between me and my missus:


>Resources would be better allocated to research into food crops that 
>can withstand heat and drought; alternative food sources such as 
>yeasts; sunblocking aerosols (although I am frightened by the 
>thought that people might do something like this without really 
>understanding how it works and end up making things much worse).

Yes, of course, I basically agree. Plus doing some work to make sure 
levees are strong enough to handle major floods or whatever (because 
it's probably cheaper than building entirely new cities elsewhere), 
plus it would be nice to spread contraception worldwide, and fast 
track MNT and AI development if possible. A lot of the current 
policies seem to mix up "we're all sinners and deserve to die unless 
we repent" with peak oil and other likely real problems that need a 
blend of commonsense (pale roofs, gray water) and innovation 
(cheap/better solar and batteries, maybe safe nukes, maybe clever 
cheap fusion).

Damien Broderick 

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