David Masterson

Release Management Architect, Cisco Systems
San Jose, CA, United States

About David

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An idea worth spreading

I am reminded of how Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland) liked to tell the
story of his map of England. His map was a perfect map in that it showed
every road, every house, every tree, every leaf on every tree, every molecule
of every leaf on every tree. It could be such a perfect map because it was on
a one to one scale with what it was mapping -- England. It also wasn't a very
useful map because the first thing you needed to understand the map was
another map (the kind you can carry around).

Am I making my point here -- or do I have to draw you a map? :-)

Comments & conversations

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David Masterson
Posted over 4 years ago
Can people who deny science be educated? How?
By its very nature, science is constantly changing and enlarging. Therefore, there isn't a simple principle that people can latch onto and accept in it. Religion, on the other hand, has basic tenets that remain constant, so people can latch onto them and remain committed to them. Therefore, the answer to you question might be to teach science like a religion to those people that need to understand it that way.
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David Masterson
Posted over 4 years ago
Has religion outlived it's usefulness?
Definitely. Religion is ancient man's way of rationalizing what he couldn't understand. Acceptance of science means that we no longer have to rely on religion to understand the world -- we can actively pursue our own answers to why things work the way that they do. In the end, we may find (and prove) that which we believed in the beginning -- that a higher order spirit is responsible for the creation of the universe.
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David Masterson
Posted over 4 years ago
Why do so many think that population growth is an important issue for the environment? Don't they know the facts of demographics?
But what will the effect on energy consumption be of raising all those Sub-Saharan Africaners (etc.) to having a good level of existence?? If the reduction in population through attrition is going to be slow, the net effect is going to be a continuing spiral up in energy consumption by the world which contributes to global climate change and the eventual destruction of the planet (yeah, I know, doom and gloom). The point here is that population has a direct impact on global climate change in the following two ways: 1. Increase in population causes increase in resource use which has effects on climate. 2. Increase in resource use by population also effect climate. Either we begin looking into "Soylent Green" or we have to find means of resource usage that has *no* effect on climate.