Solutions within society

Solutions to feeding everyone have to leverage and even disrupt society with all its psychological and institutional complexity. Science is the easy part. The real inspiration is needed to tackle the man-made institutions that can and perhaps should be replaced, restructured, or reformed. This will need courage, care, and a healthy supply of evidence.

Be bold and throw your ideas into the real world of people with all their wants, needs and constraints.

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What is good society?

Society determines FED. Human institutions drive food, ecology and diet from supply chains to governance. Society is also about people, how they think, behave and their emotional responses. Feeding everyone needs...

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Who should conduct the orchestra?

The best orchestras in the world have conductors that bring the musicians together. The same applies to science with all its players and instruments. The question is: who gets the baton?

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Do people trust science?

There is a growing lack of trust in society’s critical institutions. This includes science and the scientists who carry it out. This is bad news...

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Don’t be shy, science is here

Scientists are nerdy, often lack social skills, and have an appalling sense of fashion. Not the best characteristics to entice support but don’t let all that put you off. Scientists are critical to the survival of...

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Should I lie to you?

I should not lie to you, my mum, his Holiness the Pope, and especially not to myself. Become a politician and this basic rule of morality falls away. At least this is their ruse. It cannot persist...

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The bible tells me so

Wilderness may no longer exist because we have dominion. Manipulation of nature into goods and services is what humans do well. Better than any other organism. Can we keep doing it?

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What if we can’t recognise good ideas?

Good ideas are everywhere because people are imaginative and smart. Success is more about how the idea gets out into the world than its innate quality. It is likely to be a bumpy journey. Check out this languid lament...

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What science disciplines do we need?

Research is notoriously parochial. Like binds to like with superglue. Tackling wicked problems that require more than one sub-discipline means finding a strong solvent and quickly...

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Why you need scientific authority

Science means a lot to you. You may not know this or perhaps you do and take it for granted. Some are even in denial about science when it is time to accept the power of legitimate science and use it wisely...

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Should we replace capitalism?

Capitalism has generated goods and services that humans have ploughed into more humans. We love it and that might make it unstoppable. But all is not lost...

Is this really what people want?

The government is supposed to be about the wellbeing of voters, the best interests of everyone — the big picture if you like. We know that modern politics is not about this anymore but should we be worried about how out...

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Destruction, destroyed and other emotive words

Every day we are bombarded with nonsense from the media. Some of it is funny but that is not the only emotional response targeted by click magnet purveyors. Pragmatism is essential to wellbeing in our crazy modern world...

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