Hugh O'Neill

Port Dover, Canada

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Hugh O'Neill
Posted over 3 years ago
Rethink the human-centered airline experience. *A TEDActive Travel Project*
All sorts of comments about a system that can't afford all sorts of convenience. The system has become a victim of it's very success. I can remember when "taking an airplane" was an occasion...a big deal! People got dressed up! The crew pampered you. Of course there were comparatively very few flights. Many posts express concern over CO2 emissions. A "typical" trans-atlantic wide-body loads 100 tons of fuel for the trip. I did the math, and that is the energy equivalent of burning 650 oak trees of 30cm. diameter. THAT'S FOR ONE FLIGHT! Some ask for more water, or humidification of the cabin. The water load needed for that will need a significant additional fuel load to carry it (the airplane, and everything in it gets into the air and stays there by burning fuel). Of course, the additional fuel is additional weight, requiring more additional fuel, and so on! Air travel will be the first major victim of the coming enormous costs of fuel, so probably we don't need to do anything. Personally, when I fly, the biggest nuisance is the huge amount of carry-on baggage, and the time it takes people to stow/retrieve it. While you sit comfortably in your seat, remember that there are 100s of Kg of other peoples junk just above your head.
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Hugh O'Neill
Posted over 3 years ago
What is the evolutionary benefit conferred by religion?
Benefits are subjective and comparative. Comparisons must made against current history, for which we have a sample of one. So, it cannot be said that religion confers benefits in all possible histories. Also, consider adaptive systems and processes: We speak of an organism as evolutionarily successful, while actually is is not the organism that is successful, but rather the environment that produced it, since all organism are direct products of their environments. Thus. religion seems to be well adapted in an environment that produces religion. When the environment changes, it produces newly adapted organisms. Therefore it can happen that religion, since it is not readily adaptive might become extinct in some other environment.