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To me this presents a puzzlement and the puzzlement is closely tied to ideology, particularly the conservative one of small government and low taxes. This is just the sort of perspective that drives me, of soldering iron education, nuts because there is nothing to be measured to verify if this ideology is working. To an engineer/scientists when someone advocates "low" the immediate response is "why not zero?" One can play with scenerios inlcuding doing away with the entire government (and of course the IRS) and, never having had this discussion, I presume that some kind of minimum is established but by whom and to what criteria which leads to some suspicion of something rotten, because the government makers become the deciders and the criteria is as low as can be done without creating an uprising and therefore the idea of "happiness" is left to float in the breeze because either no one thinks to ask or no one is in a position to ask. It has a parallel to the physicists and their four forces. In all my readings in physics, the birth of the cosmos, relativity and even quantum mechanics (got an A in that BTW) is there any reference to emotions, satisfaction, enjoyment or some measure, even qualitatively and so leaving the issues of why the big bang, the meaning of being alive, the idea of joy or enjoyment and all the things we are ostenibly working for replaced by shareholder equitity or an equivalent. And therefore, as is happening at this moment, the movement of wealth into Apple's coffers to the tune of 200 billion dollars or so just fine. Buy back some stock, raise the share price capioliinf on invention that can command a rather large profit profit, the question left hanging in the breeze is why some of the purchasers cannot afford health care, or posibly even a place to live. And a still less moral (ah! the first mention of a capitalistic no-no word) situation is the Walton family with I believe 125 billion in assets, low wages, no health care (hold the hours to 39), one million dollars per store in food stamps out of our taxpayer profits.

The bottom line: 1. The system is faulty, immoral and unfair; 2. Someone has failed to define a quantifiable "happiness" as a requisite part of the system, so as long as the rich can own congress (which they do), the the rest of us get screwed (should have posted a language warning sign).

So now where are we, now that we have begun to be particuar about happiness, someone is undoubtly screeming socialism, communism, redistribution of wealth, and so forth. And I begin thinking about about a word that will seem odd, one my mentor, friend, and boss, Amar Bose used to use often and will seem a bit odd (but maybe not). When we were designing loudspeakers he would insist what we had to do was concern ourselves with the "complete system," not just the speakers.

Well I am going to carry this quirky idea as far as I can (within the world of music). We need to take ito account not just the music system, but the room acoustics, the quality of the recording, and quality of the concert hall, orchestra, conductor, players, composer, instrument makers, teachers of composer, players, conductor and instrument makers and, last but not least, the ears and mind of the listener. And I choose music for a reason (partly because I am somewhat of one), but that music, when all these piecess are of the best and, to complete the evening as friends in the BSO would say to me "we were hot tonight" that the stockholder equity has been replaced by an impossible to describe and measure except in poetic language, a gift to the soul. And I am insisting that, laying my life down if necessary, that any economic, scientific, socialistic, capitalistic or any other kind of system or process or whatever, whose ultimate goal is not joy and satisfaction for the soul, is worthless. Which leaves us with one of the larger conundrumns in recorded history. How do we work toward this (assuming you all agree its a good idea which I doubt because I know that only a tiny percentage of the population has had the muscial experiences that I have been lucky enough to have. But if we, for the sake of argument, agree it is a good idea, what do we have to do.

It brings back a thought I used to have as a child: that when a child comes out of the womb, its the same day for every child, or, to close the circle, the same climate in which to breath and live freely for everyone. Bullshit of this being born into whatever, I want (why, nevermind, I just want it) every child to have what every other child has that will enable her or him to realize the potential of the spectacular mind the creation game him or her. Because, if there is a responsibility to humanity, where each of us inherited more or less the same genes, and we are born helpless, that it is the sacred, for want of a better word, responsibility of the human socity to provide this climate. How? To start, great schools and health care, and beyond that it is something we must assume we are smart enough to learn how to do without pissing off Milton Freedman and providing we and Donald Trump has not put any descent kind of climate out of our reach.

Parental Income Has Outsized Influence on Children’s Economic Future: Study Shows Persistence of Advantage More Pronounced Among Higher-Income Families; July 23, 2015, PEW CHARITABLE TRUST Topics: Economic Mobility Projects: Financial Security and Mobility

We should be building ultra-safe prefab nuclear power plants
that can also power desalinization plants.

Many places are out of water
while the American mid-west has had its worst flooding ever
and California is bracing for record setting wild fires.

Why are we not on a war footing, with
Manhatten projects and a strong
World Climate Authority?

Instead we are embarassing ourselves to history by
trembling before a pitiful, inept, lying, incompetant,
manipulating, dented, bent, broken and out of tune trumpet.

Many say they do not believe in science.

Science is not a thing apart from the world.
It is simply knowledge of the world, carefully verified.

Failure to think scientifically is to
sacrifice one's brain on the alter of timidiy and stuipidity.

Without science, we will lose the Earth our children,
and our descents nie onto the 20th generation.
Without Clear Thinking, We Will Lose Everything.

Let Us Pray.

To me this presents a puzzlement and the puzzlement is closely tied to ideology, particularly the conservative one of small government and low taxes. This is just the sort of perspective that drives me, of soldering iron education, nuts because there is nothing to be measured to verify if this ideology is working. To an engineer/scientists when someone advocates "low" the immediate response is "why not zero?" One can play with scenerios inlcuding doing away with the entire government (and of course the IRS) and, never having had this discussion, I presume that some kind of minimum is established but by whom and to what criteria which leads to some suspicion of something rotten, because the government makers become the deciders and the criteria is as low as can be done without creating an uprising and therefore the idea of "happiness" is left to float in the breeze because either no one thinks to ask or no one is in a position to ask. It has a parallel to the physicists and their four forces. In all my readings in physics, the birth of the cosmos, relativity and even quantum mechanics (got an A in that BTW) is there any reference to emotions, satisfaction, enjoyment or some measure, even qualitatively and so leaving the issues of why the big bang, the meaning of being alive, the idea of joy or enjoyment and all the things we are ostenibly working for replaced by shareholder equitity or an equivalent. And therefore, as is happening at this moment, the movement of wealth into Apple's coffers to the tune of 200 billion dollars or so just fine. Buy back some stock, raise the share price capioliinf on invention that can command a rather large profit profit, the question left hanging in the breeze is why some of the purchasers cannot afford health care, or posibly even a place to live. And a still less moral (ah! the first mention of a capitalistic no-no word) situation is the Walton family with I believe 125 billion in assets, low wages, no health care (hold the hours to 39), one million dollars per store in food stamps out of our taxpayer profits.

The bottom line: 1. The system is faulty, immoral and unfair; 2. Someone has failed to define a quantifiable "happiness" as a requisite part of the system, so as long as the rich can own congress (which they do), the the rest of us get screwed (should have posted a language warning sign).

So now where are we, now that we have begun to be particuar about happiness, someone is undoubtly screeming socialism, communism, redistribution of wealth, and so forth. And I begin thinking about about a word that will seem odd, one my mentor, friend, and boss, Amar Bose used to use often and will seem a bit odd (but maybe not). When we were designing loudspeakers he would insist what we had to do was concern ourselves with the "complete system," not just the speakers.

Well I am going to carry this quirky idea as far as I can (within the world of music). We need to take ito account not just the music system, but the room acoustics, the quality of the recording, and quality of the concert hall, orchestra, conductor, players, composer, instrument makers, teachers of composer, players, conductor and instrument makers and, last but not least, the ears and mind of the listener. And I choose music for a reason (partly because I am somewhat of one), but that music, when all these piecess are of the best and, to complete the evening as friends in the BSO would say to me "we were hot tonight" that the stockholder equity has been replaced by an impossible to describe and measure except in poetic language, a gift to the soul. And I am insisting that, laying my life down if necessary, that any economic, scientific, socialistic, capitalistic or any other kind of system or process or whatever, whose ultimate goal is not joy and satisfaction for the soul, is worthless. Which leaves us with one of the larger conundrumns in recorded history. How do we work toward this (assuming you all agree its a good idea which I doubt because I know that only a tiny percentage of the population has had the muscial experiences that I have been lucky enough to have. But if we, for the sake of argument, agree it is a good idea, what do we have to do.

It brings back a thought I used to have as a child: that when a child comes out of the womb, its the same day for every child, or, to close the circle, the same climate in which to breath and live freely for everyone. Bullshit of this being born into whatever, I want (why, nevermind, I just want it) every child to have what every other child has that will enable her or him to realize the potential of the spectacular mind the creation game him or her. Because, if there is a responsibility to humanity, where each of us inherited more or less the same genes, and we are born helpless, that it is the sacred, for want of a better word, responsibility of the human socity to provide this climate. How? To start, great schools and health care, and beyond that it is something we must assume we are smart enough to learn how to do without pissing off Milton Freedman and providing we and Donald Trump has not put any descent kind of climate out of our reach.

Parental Income Has Outsized Influence on Children’s Economic Future: Study Shows Persistence of Advantage More Pronounced Among Higher-Income Families; July 23, 2015, PEW CHARITABLE TRUST Topics: Economic Mobility Projects: Financial Security and Mobility

We should be building ultra-safe prefab nuclear power plants
that can also power desalinization plants.

Many places are out of water
while the American mid-west has had its worst flooding ever
and California is bracing for record setting wild fires.

Why are we not on a war footing, with
Manhatten projects and a strong
World Climate Authority?

Instead we are embarassing ourselves to history by
trembling before a pitiful, inept, lying, incompetant,
manipulating, dented, bent, broken and out of tune trumpet.

Many say they do not believe in science.

Science is not a thing apart from the world.
It is simply knowledge of the world, carefully verified.

Failure to think scientifically is to
sacrifice one's brain on the alter of timidiy and stuipidity.

Without science, we will lose the Earth our children,
and our descents nie onto the 20th generation.
Without Clear Thinking, We Will Lose Everything.

Let Us Pray.

THE HUMAN FAMILY

The first paragraph is from the Declaration of Independence. The second is the preamble to the Constitution of the United States. In our society there are three books that are the source materials for these freedoms, in order of age: the Torah, The Bible and the Quaran.

I would not begin to venture into a disussion of finer points, but in 70 or so years of thinking my own inclinations parallel the diretion these religious texts espouse and which are reflected in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, with one caveat:"men" refers to all human beings.

Now what? Why bring this up. Because I am wondering what is going on with thinking in America. It seems to me that for the huge majority of the issues before us the Declaration of Independence is the guide we need, and that, after careful thought we conclude that out society has changed in fundamental ways such that adjustments need to be made to the Constitution to accommodate the enormous technological changes in our society. I believe some relatively modest adjustments must be made in order to insure the above, but with one large fundamental difference, that changes may be necessary for the survival of the earth itself. The "pursuit of happiness" leaves us wide open for the destruction of nature as it does the destruction of freedoms of every kind with the use of machines of information such as the internet and other technilogies that make the acquisition of enormous wealth serious uncontrolled and untrollable under present law burdens and injustices that we, if no other reason can be found, assert must prevail. Justice goes back as far as I can establish to the Torah and evolves and developes (and is trqmpeled on) over the suceeding centuries, but that must be part of the bedrock of civilization. On what basis? Because all are created equal in how they are treated by the governments they form.

ABOUT AMERICA

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, —

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

Several fundamental issues come together at this time in a kind of Perfect Storm for humanity: 1) the failure to deal with the pummeling of our planet from global warming; 2) the dismal political situations in so many countries including the rejection of immigrents and the drift toward extreme right-wind nationalism; 3) the potential destruction of American democracy by President Trump and his encouragement of white supremacy and other harmful policies; 4) a failure to articulate a purpose of human life beyond the economic; 5) the failure of the media in America to deal with these problems forthrightly enough to educate the public.

But there is one more and that is the use of slaves to build America documnented by the New York Times in Project 1619 in the August 18, 2019 issue of the Sunday Magazine. It includes the story of the process by which modern financial instruments were pionieered by slave holders.

There is something odd and terrifying that strikes me about the relationahip between the story of slavery, where every issue except profits was ignored and the past and present attitudes of oil barons in total negect of the earth that in the middle of runaway warming they would supress news of the harm of burning oil while marketing it hard as they can. This policy is going on as I write.

The extreme greed in both situations is beyond comprehension. One wonders why the human race was created if despite the dangers, those who are aware of them cannot put together an effort substantial enough to meet the global warming threat, while business can simply put the planet out of its mind in the quest for profits. I find it frighting to the extreme; a living nightmare.

Then I read recetly the following report and heart sank further. My opinion had been swinging this way but this was more horrible than I could have imagined. New York Times Project 1619

Then a whole series of mystries follow. How and why did the process of evolution create brains of such stunning capabilities, virtues and vices, to the point that these brains are willing to sacrifice the earth that supports them while they continue to accumulate wealth in a way the speeds the destruction of the earth itself, or, in other words, why do the leaders continue to pump carbon dioxide despite knowing that it will eventually destroy the planet and that destruction is already well along.

Further, why are these brains capable of creating such stunning beauty, such deep scientific understanding, yet cannot rouse themselves to the actions necessary to stop the destruction.

It feels odd that we cannot ask what happened before the big bang because there was no "before" (string theory we will leave for another time). Everything that there is eventually came into existence from the energy in the Singularity. Every person, planet, star, galaxy was created from the energy in this singularity and after millions of years of evolution, so was every human brain.

The relatively new science of genetics has found that, contrary to our beliefs about race, for all practical purposes all human brains are alike, with no differences on which to base the structure and rules of society. Additionally we are all descended from African tribes that migrated north some 50 to 100 thousand years ago. The migrations north changed the amount of sun we received and evolution lighten darker skins to provide sufficient vitamin D.

This raises the question of just what defines a race. Color will vary as will physical apearance due to naturall acquired variations passed down to desendents. Additionally, in each new land, migrants encounted indigenous people of genius homo slightly different from homo sapiens, Neadathral in Europe and intermarriage between earlier species occuping lands to which homo sapiens migrated would have left minor differences. In America, however, the importation of slaves was used to create economic wealth far beyond that needed and that miserable treatment, huge numbers, and their enormous impact on the economy has led historians to conclude that it was slaves that built America and determined many of its economic policies similar to those in use today. The long term impact of the institutionalized treatment of black slaves has had a profound impaact on racism today. An important resource, recognizing the introduction of slaves to America is the New York Times of August 18, 2019. (Additional information on human development can be found in many Wikipedia sites. However, a useful summary from the Khan Acamedy can be found at this site: Kahn Academy.

The impact of this special New York Times project is nearly overwhelming and changes ones perception of America. We were the only modern slave-holding nation, our constitution deliberately avoided the issue of slavery except by careful wording that did not exclude slavery and, because of its entrenched economic importance it took a stupendly costly war to eliminate it, and yet it left behind enormous difficulties for people of color and it appears that full acceptance of blacks is still decades away.

The conclusion regarding the greatness of America is complicated by the influx of immegrants from many countries. (All four of my grandparents came from Poland.)

Cotton drove development resulting in the Louisiana Purchase and drove American expansion across the Mississippi, engulfing and destroying dozens of Indian tribes. A common tactic was to sign a treaty for areas of land and then break them when it became convenient.

Then a whole series of mystries follow. How and why did the process of evolution create brains of such stunning capabilities, virtues and vices, to the point that these brains are willing to sacrifice the earth that supports them while they continue to accumulate wealth in a way the speeds the destruction of the earth itself, or, in other words, why do the leaders continue to pump carbon dioxide despite knowing that it will eventually destroy the planet and that destruction is already well along.

Further, why are these brains capable of creating such stunning beauty, such deep scientific understanding, yet cannot rouse themselves to the actions necessary to stop the destruction.

It feels odd that we cannot ask what happened before the big bang because there was no "before" (string theory we will leave for another time). Everything that there is eventually came into existence from the energy in the Singularity. Every person, planet, star, galaxy was created from the energy in this singularity and after millions of years of evolution, so was every human brain.

The relatively new science of genetics has found that, contrary to our beliefs about race, for all practical purposes all human brains are alike, with no differences on which to base the structure and rules of society. Additionally we are all descended from African tribes that migrated north some 50 to 100 thousand years ago. The migrations north changed the amount of sun we received and evolution lighten darker skins to provide sufficient vitamin D.

This raises the question of just what defines a race. Color will vary as will physical apearance due to naturall acquired variations passed down to desendents. Additionally, in each new land, migrants encounted indigenous people of genius homo slightly different from homo sapiens, Neadathral in Europe and intermarriage between earlier species occuping lands to which homo sapiens migrated would have left minor differences. In America, however, the importation of slaves was used to create economic wealth far beyond that needed and that miserable treatment, huge numbers, and their enormous impact on the economy has led historians to conclude that it was slaves that built America and determined many of its economic policies similar to those in use today. The long term impact of the institutionalized treatment of black slaves has had a profound impaact on racism today. An important resource, recognizing the introduction of slaves to America is the New York Times of August 18, 2019. (Additional information on human development can be found in many Wikipedia sites. However, a useful summary from the Khan Acamedy can be found at this site: Kahn Academy.

The impact of this special New York Times project is nearly overwhelming and changes ones perception of America. We were the only modern slave-holding nation, our constitution deliberately avoided the issue of slavery except by careful wording that did not exclude slavery and, because of its entrenched economic importance it took a stupendly costly war to eliminate it, and yet it left behind enormous difficulties for people of color and it appears that full acceptance of blacks is still decades away.

The conclusion regarding the greatness of America is complicated by the influx of immegrants from many countries. (All four of my grandparents came from Poland.)

Cotton drove development resulting in the Louisiana Purchase and drove American expansion across the Mississippi, engulfing and destroying dozens of Indian tribes. A common tactic was to sign a treaty for areas of land and then break them when it became convenient.

Relationship Between Children's and Parent's Income.

Our mistreatment of the planet began seriously only about 200 years ago. Nevertheless, we have take our rampage to the point that we cannot be sure the planet will remain habitable and we consciously continue the abuse.

For many, the chaos and suffering are considered an act of god, or as sins aginst god. However, as I have said, the very concept of a god or gods is faulty in that it is only a name for a cause. There is no answer to the question of where god came from or why there are so many gods and we intrepret the nature of each god in virtually any way we choose so that even the scriptures become meaningless. I keep hearing in my mind "we believe what we choose to believe," a particularly a lack of awareness that this leads us to avoid verification of our beliefs, and a great potential for chaos, for we are a discussion about lies. It is a bit like swatting mosquitoes in a pitch black room.

In various sections of this web site I attempt to give a hint of the extraordinary complexity and beauty of the cosmos. There is no clue, scientific or otherwise, why it came into existence although I will share my thoughts on this riddle.

I began this website to deal with gun violence. I then switched to the treatment of the planet and as my dispair increased it was clear that the only sensible thinking was to think about everything. This has taken its toll on me and the only further work I can do is to try to knit together with linkes what I have done on this site and to return to my love of photogrphy in the little time I have left, and hope that others on this planet will rise to the occasion. I have seen little indication that this will happen. On the contrary I have seen the opposite, although just a few minutes ago my wife told me of a conversation that I expect that holds a ray of hope. You will find the link to this conversation in the Table of Contents.

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