cst commonsense

Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom

About cst

Bio

business & life experience - many fields, many jobs, many lives nearly lost - but still here!

An idea worth spreading

'Super Fast Track Education' - opening the eyes of young people of the world and helping them think for themselves http://www.commonsensethinking.co.uk/sft.html

I'm passionate about

Changing the world - at least to start with

Talk to me about

Anything that can move the world forward - especially by funding 'Super Fast Track Education' my idea to help change the world see http://www.commonsensethinking.co.uk/sft.html

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cst commonsense
Posted over 1 year ago
What's the difference between intelligence and imagination, and which is more useful in alleviating the human condition?
Hi Gord, Nice question. Personally I don't think however you define intelligence it helps solve the issue of alleviating the human condition. This solution (if we ever manage to find one), will probably be from the brink of destruction and devastation - as this seems to be when 'Man' is most productive at solving problems, especially societal issues that affect many peoples - the resistance to change is just part of our 'competitiveness' to survive. We are not natural thinkers, I believe this is the first thing we must understand (and teach to young people). I have many thoughts on imagination, thinking and alleviating the human condition:-: http://www.commonsensethinking.co.uk/changing.html http://www.commonsensethinking.co.uk/imagination.html http://www.commonsensethinking.co.uk/humancontradiction.html Cheers JP
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cst commonsense
Posted over 2 years ago
Why do people find the need to entrench themselves in rules and policies?
Hi Kaleb - In the beginning there was the agricultural revolution and the first human settlements - close knit societies depended upon co-operation, so naturally rules followed this need. (and most of our societies other ideas such as money & institutions) However, I believe we need only one rule - "don't do unto others what you would have them do unto you." I try to apply this and have introduced my three children as a simple philosophy for life. Normally, as I also have an instinctive dislike of authority as it often represents unfairness or stupidity or power concentration, I try to follow the following: "Obeying their rules only encourages them to create new ones. Disobey as often as possible: for gain, for sport, for the art of it." - Ethan Mordde To create a 'good' society we need just one thing - that is to make sure ALL of our children are trained in the ability to 'think'. This is because if they can really think, we shall unshackle them from unfairness and stupid rule makers. This is I believe the worlds greatest challenge for long term success, and is clearly a difficult one since we cannot even manage to feed many of them presently. See: Super Fast Track Education: http://www.commonsensethinking.co.uk/sft.html Rgds JP If you make people think they're thinking, they'll love you; but if you really make them think, they'll hate you.
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cst commonsense
Posted over 2 years ago
When will we have the first 'clever' Robot? And if it is imminent (< 25 years), why are we not planning for change greater than any before?
I Agree - I have developed a new scheme for young people to get them to really think for themselves, to see the world for what it really is and how little control we have over anything...... 'Democracy' I agree, is a sham. To get a whole new generation (world-wide?) to really think is the single most important thing we could do to help change the world for future generations. see: super fast track http://www.commonsensethinking.co.uk/sft.html and: New political structures http://www.commonsensethinking.co.uk/politicalsystems.html rgds JP
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cst commonsense
Posted over 2 years ago
When will we have the first 'clever' Robot? And if it is imminent (< 25 years), why are we not planning for change greater than any before?
Hi Ken, Yes you are absolutely right. We already have the ability to have massive excess energy if we decided to 'invest' in it. The reason we don't is mainly because of the 'status-quo' thinking and we misunderstand marginal costing within our economic practice. see: http://www.commonsensethinking.co.uk/economy.html#marginal and http://www.commonsensethinking.co.uk/energy.html rgds JP
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cst commonsense
Posted over 2 years ago
When will we have the first 'clever' Robot? And if it is imminent (< 25 years), why are we not planning for change greater than any before?
Hi Barry, Yes, always the timing - I tell my kids they are going to live through the most exciting period in human history. Even without clever robots, we shall see massive change - China, India, the rest of Asia, the world is turning on its axis of power... throw in new technologies like on the fly translation apps and humans hooked up to electronic systems and data feeds... the world will be so different in 50 years. But my premise should still hold, even if it is not for a 100 years or more... then we shall face the same political and economic issues. Why not start planning for them now just in case? rgds JP
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cst commonsense
Posted over 2 years ago
Can we ever have an unbiased classroom.
Hi Cayla, No we cannot. But does it matter? The whole point of education is to get young people to THINK. And if achieved, they will see the bias for what it is. Reminds me of the quote: If you make people think they're thinking, they'll love you; but if you really make them think, they'll hate you. see: Training to make you think - super fast track education http://www.commonsensethinking.co.uk/sft.html and Fit For Life http://www.commonsensethinking.co.uk/education.html rgds JP
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Posted over 2 years ago
Our New World Order
Hi Roger, Great Idea! We have been able to transcend from capitalism et al for some time, but it has not happened - and the underlying question is why not? Interestingly, we are soon approaching a time (less than 50 years, so within one lifetime now I expect), that unless we 'transcend' we are very likely to come very unstuck as a race. Cameron's ideas are just there to get him and his party re-elected, within our political system (UK), even he can do practically nothing to really change the course of politics, economics or culture (and he quite frankly has been very poor at even at the simple bits that he can influence). Ask yourself when was the last time politics made a real fundamental change to our way of life in the UK, (answer: introduction of NHS in 1949). The answer to the question of why we have not transcended, and why we will find it extremely difficult to do so is 'Nature's Survival Function' it is quite simple, but we do not take it into account. I am not a pessimist, but we need to understand what we face and the size of the problem if we are to have any chance of doing it before Nature does it for us. see: The Human Contradiction http://www.commonsensethinking.co.uk/humancontradiction.html and New Political Systems http://www.commonsensethinking.co.uk/politicalsystems.html and The Tweet Revolution http://www.commonsensethinking.co.uk/economy2.html#tweet and Childish Economics http://www.commonsensethinking.co.uk/childish.html rgds JP
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Posted over 2 years ago
How do you simplify your life to lessen your carbon footprint on a daily basis?
Hi Noel - Just sit still, don't think, (thinking takes consumes energy) - generally do as little as possible and we will all live in a much better world? Or perhaps ask why are we in this predicament when the human race unlocked the infinite (clean) power source of the atom over 60 years ago - and ask why we still don't have plenty of excess, clean energy for the whole world and why are we not surging ahead developing plentiful almost free energy for the next generations (thorium, geothermal, solar)... Perhaps, if you try the other end of the telescope and you may see the answers written clearly. With enough energy we can solve the co2 problem, but it has probably gone past the tipping point now anyway, sorry kids. see: http://www.commonsensethinking.co.uk/energy.html#climate and http://www.commonsensethinking.co.uk/energy.html rgds JP
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cst commonsense
Posted over 2 years ago
Idea: "Country-in-a-country" special economic zone
Not fundamentally flawed provided you control the currency (eg all electronic money, tagged to each individual, so not swappable or it just dissipates into nearby communities). The people in this 'new land' would of course have to do everything within it as the outside will be a no go area as they will not have any external currency to spend. Imports and exports would require tight control both physically and monetarily for it to work. I have done a fair bit of similar thinking, for regeneration areas of high unemployment. see: Job Hubs, from welfare to work:- http://www.commonsensethinking.co.uk/health.html JP :
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Posted over 2 years ago
Are humans irrational? If so, how can we build stronger institutions to compensate for human shortcomings in rationality?
This is the most important question that the human race faces and it is due to become a survival issue for many of us and our children within the next 50 years or less. Yes we are 'irrational' in the sense that we are social animals driven mainly by cultural and social instincts. Our thinking and sentient ability is an add-on to our essential nature. We have yet to understand the importance of Nature's relentless path in creating us. We are still very much children trying to survive against Natures awesome power - 4 billions years of success. I don't believe humans are limited, we are hampered by Nature's quest for survival and are still just pawns. Natures cares not a jot if most of us disappear, Natures course is simply onward and upward and in the process it is very likely that Nature will create improved humans (just a few) that should enhance Nature's chance of continuing her upward path. If not then again Nature's cares not and with infinite patience she will nurture other species with her relentless probability of survival function. see: http://www.commonsensethinking.co.uk/humancontradiction.html Can we create improved structures to help with our irrationality? But this is a circular argument - yes if we were able to plan rationally - but the very socio-political structures we now have (across the world) prevent this happening. It does look like things will get very messy before (and if) we finally are forced to adapt culturally. see: http://www.commonsensethinking.co.uk/economy2.html#tweet JP