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create a wiki based website which will allow everyone to collaborate to solve the most important problems that face all of us.

An opensource and inclusive site where people can submit problems and solutions to those problems which will retain the best of what we know now in terms of solutions and evolve as we do in our understanding of what works and what doesn't through trial and error (if nothing else) could be of immense value to everyone. If the same site could provide a way to collaborate on projects to implement solutions it could become an incredible resource. I am attempting exactly that with WeSolver.org please take a look and let me know what you think of the idea

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    Feb 13 2012: Good points. Yes, yesterday's brain is a severe hindrance to progress in problem solving and that includes yesterday's Malthusian applications of Darwinian survival of the fittest notions to human affairs. Malthus' ideas on animal species' tendency to exploit their environments to the point of extinction simply cannot be applied to human affairs where the capacity for technological invention blatantly overthrows all Malthusian calculations about the inevitable scarcity of resources. In this regard humans are emphatically not animal-like and computations about animal populations do not apply.

    Humans have the _unnatural_ capability to discover or engineer new or more efficient methods of finding or creating necessary resources, and as such, are defined by their ability to expand populations regardless of the sustaining power of the "natural" environment. In short, we transcend nature to create our own environments with forms of lawfulness that don't appear in nature. The mind of a contemporary human being owes less to Mother Nature than it does to its enveloping culture and civilization. Nature throws numbers and time at the problem of evolution. Humans engineer their own evolution.

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