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PostPosted: Feb 23, 2017 7:38 pm 
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darryl siemer wrote:
(Again I’m not afraid to address “issues” that are politically charged – it’s the deliberate avoidance of such issues that’s rendered modern “science” unable to address real problems)

While I can agree with your statement my primary concern is that some of the points you make seem out of place. The paper is about "killer apps" for nuclear power, therefore one would expect to see a list of applications for nuclear power that one might not normally consider. Bringing up a topic like population control in a paper on the potential applications for nuclear power is simply out of place, the potential for bruising a reader's political sensibilities is simply another reason to avoid the unnecessary commentary. The goal is to convince people that nuclear power is a good thing. If you have a side commentary on something unrelated to nuclear power in the paper then you risk creating an animosity towards nuclear power only because they dislike your views on an unrelated subject.

If you explained how population control is a "killer app" for nuclear power then I'd see no problem with including it in this paper, political correctness be damned. Since this connection between nuclear power and population control is left unexplained then it might be worthy of comment if it wasn't so politically charged. The side commentary on polymeric cements is a bit out of place as well but there is little risk of an emotional response from a reader over this, therefore the mention of this alternative may even be helpful.

Political correctness in scientific debates is a problem and I would also like to see that emotion does not drive scientific arguments. I also believe that everyone needs to choose carefully what battles they want to fight and when they do so.

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PostPosted: Feb 23, 2017 8:51 pm 
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darryl siemer wrote:
(Again I’m not afraid... t

If you explained how population control is a "killer app" for nuclear power then I'd see no problem with including it in this paper, political correctness be damned. Since this connection between nuclear power and population control is left unexplained then it might be worthy of comment ...i


??? Here's what my paper says about the tie in between a nuclear renaissance and "painless population control".

Fortunately, it has also been demonstrated – most effectively by Scandinavian counties - that the best way to simultaneously address overcrowding and climate change is to increase the quality of life (prosperity) of already-living individuals (Dao 2012) - something that only a properly implemented “second nuclear era” could render possible for ~9 billion people and more just a token fraction of the earth’s other advanced life forms.

If that's not a good enough explanation, how can I make it clearer? The real problem is that, collectively, humans are about as "sapient" as is beer yeast or rats - we reproduce madly until almost all of the "sugar" has been consumed, fight over the dregs, and then die off in droves. Unless we begin to behave differently, there'll probably be a third world war during this century that cuts human population by >80%.

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PostPosted: Feb 23, 2017 11:33 pm 
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darryl siemer wrote:
If that's not a good enough explanation, how can I make it clearer?

I believe where you are going is that with increasing education and prosperity there is a tendency for reduced birth rates, is that correct? I ask because you did not state that explicitly. This is generally accepted as true but it is not always true. I recall reading somewhere that the low birth rates in Scandinavia is due to cultural pressures rather than economic prosperity. I don't have my source handy so I can't fault you if you don't believe me. The point is that I had to read that several times before I saw the connection and even then I'm not sure if I'm right.

I'd like to go on but it's late and I have a midterm exam tomorrow. I hope I was helpful.

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PostPosted: Aug 12, 2018 8:51 pm 
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A lot of water has gone under the bridge since my last post on this topic. None of the papers I'd showed you ended up being accepted/published but I was then asked to write up a chapter for a then-upcoming soil science book describing the hows and whys of my basalt-based geoengineering (carbon dioxide removal) scheme. The book's editors loved it & asked me write up another describing how how one might go about determining whether soil carbon is "pedogenic" or not. They liked that one too & have since asked me to write another chapter for next year's issue of that book series which is to be devoted to solving Africa's future food production problems.

Here's a draft - let's kick it around for awhile.


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PostPosted: Aug 13, 2018 6:18 pm 
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I think the diet part of the paper would benefit from a comparison of the recommended daily intake of essential amino acids with the relative concentration in maize, peanuts, and whatever. But for healthy adults it is hard to find an actual diet which is deficient in one or more essential amino acids if the person consumes sufficient calories of that diet.


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PostPosted: Aug 14, 2018 9:27 am 
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Also deficient in amino acids is easy enough to fix by simply fortifying existing foodstuffs with things like UProtein.


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PostPosted: Aug 15, 2018 12:16 am 
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I GOOGLED "UP PROTEIN" & of course the first thing that comes up is a string of adds for it. Apparently it's just dried whey - a byproduct of cheese manufacture - that somebody's added some coloring/flavoring to & thereby turned into a $35/kg plus shipping "health food" for yuppies. The people I'm writing about are genuinely poor which is why I suggested that they grow/eat peanuts & corn. They're both "complex" foodstuffs which between them provide just about everything that humans need to thrive, are relatively easy to raise in large quantities, & cheap enough for even poor people to eat: US farmers currently get about 55 cents/kg for their peanuts and 15 cents/kg for corn - of course, we consumers here have pay a hell a lot more for them (especially peanuts) 'cause the of the way we do things (create/tolerate marketing cartels).

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