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Technology has always found its greatest consumer in a nation's war and defense efforts. Since the last attempts at a "Star Wars" defense system, has technology changed considerably enough to make the latest Missile Defense initiatives more successful? Can such an application of science be successful? Is a militarized space inevitable, necessary or impossible?

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lchic - 05:12pm May 22, 2002 EST (#2359 of 2380)

VP's plans for RU

    "" ... the sort of future Mr Putin is sketching out: an economically capable Russia; not the superpower it once was, but a power among others, respected for the contribution it can make, not feared and quarantined for the damage it can do. Such is Russia's opportunity. Will it grasp it? ""

lchic - 09:47pm May 22, 2002 EST (#2360 of 2380)

Joining the yellow dots

lchic - 01:20am May 23, 2002 EST (#2361 of 2380)


Let's hope there's speedy resolution to your laying

T i t l e

to your own human capital!

lchic - 07:10am May 23, 2002 EST (#2362 of 2380)

GU Thread Bush administration ...

rshow55 - 09:00am May 23, 2002 EST (#2363 of 2380) Delete Message

Could it be that there are a lot of things that need to be fixed? With only a few problems occurring (in many VERY serious cases) again and again? What if we learned to check better?

If I had title to the things I've learned, and largely learned at government direction, under circumstances that I was told were subject to "inheritance" rules" -- I could help some with some kinds of checking. Maybe there will be ways to have that happen.

One thing required would be openness -- another would be a willingness to doubt.

Superb Piece:

Physician, Take a Hike Natalie Angier .... a review of

LIVING PROOF A Medical Mutiny. By Michael Gearin-Tosh. 334 pp. New York:

"When Gearin-Tosh describes to Sir David Weatherall of the Institute of Molecular Medicine in Oxford the reasoning behind his decision to reject chemotherapy, and asks whether he is crazy to try diet, acupuncture and breathing exercises instead, Sir David thinks for a minute and then says, ''What you must understand, Mr. Gearin-Tosh, is that we know so little about how the body works.'' The author is astonished. ''Blood rushes through my head,'' he writes. ''I could be floating in air.'' A doctor has confessed medical fallibility. A doctor has said, your guess, and ministrations, and flailings, in this case are as good as mine."

Often, when people make decisions, swimming in the same "sea" of information, different people's guesses are not only "comparably good" -- they are the same. Readers of this thread certainly know more than 75,000 words, with an average of 3 nuanced definitions a piece - and agree on definitions with very high reliability (though not perfectly.) The sense of definitions, in practically all the cases, occurs by a "guessing" and "focusing" -- known to be mostly unconsious, in which people are very much the same. Statistically, we are identical in some core patterns of logic. As social animals, we couldn't make it any other way.

The review contains news at the end - Natalie Angier is working on a book on a book about how to master the modern scientific canon. The problems there, and in peacemaking, and in most other areas of complex communication and cooperation - are largely common -- because, in ways that make us human - ways the we all depend on - we are the same.

If we'd solve just a few problems about checking -- we could all get more done, be happier, and be much safer.

But if we did, we'd also have to do some changing. It would be harder to hoard information - and harder to lie.

For this change to occur in the United States, people with power and influence outside the United States may have to take an interest, and ask for answers that matter enough to pursue.

lchic - 09:45am May 23, 2002 EST (#2364 of 2380)

lchic - 10:25am May 23, 2002 EST (#2365 of 2380)


The art of nuclear politics

lchic - 10:59am May 23, 2002 EST (#2366 of 2380)

lchic - 11:47am May 23, 2002 EST (#2367 of 2380)

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