February 2018

Doing more with less

The fundamental challenge of our generation is to design lifestyles that everyone wants and the earth can support forever. [Buckminster Fuller put it well](http://www.geni.org/globalenergy/library/buckminster_fuller/buckyfullermemoriallecture.shtml): > The possibility of a good life for any man depends upon the possibility of realizing it for all men. I must be able to convert the resources of the earth, […]

Nunc stans

“Nunc stans” translates to “the now that stays”, and it is sometimes described as [an attribute of God](https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/nunc_stans), where the experience is separate from time itself. > The now that passes produces time, the now that remains produces eternity.- Boethius

> Humanity, correctly seen in the context of the last five hundred years, is an extruder of technological material. We take in matter that has a low degree of organization; we put it through mental filters, and we extrude jewelry, gospels, space shuttles. This is what we do. – [Terence McKenna](https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/604657-but-technology-is-the-real-skin-of-our-species-humanity)

Two contrasting views on worldbuilding in fiction

[M. John Harrison thought worldbuilding was unnecessary and dull](http://web.archive.org/web/20080410181840/http://uzwi.wordpress.com/2007/01/27/very-afraid/): > Every moment of a science fiction story must represent the triumph of writing over worldbuilding. > Worldbuilding is dull. Worldbuilding literalises the urge to invent. Worldbuilding gives an unnecessary permission for acts of writing (indeed, for acts of reading). Worldbuilding numbs the reader’s ability to […]

> Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime. Teach a man to cycle and he will realize fishing is stupid and boring – [Desmond Tutu](http://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/latest-news/nine-cycling-quotes-to-live-your-life-by-310743)