David Jonstad föreläser 6/3: Dags att rusta för global kollaps?



    ABF-Huset i Stockholm: Tisdag 6 mars. Kl 18.15. ABF-huset. Sveavägen 41. Entré 50 kr.

    I fem tusen år har människan byggt civilisationer, en samhällsform som kan skapa bestående underverk men också vara förödande för grunden till vår överlevnad: naturen. Inte minst gäller detta vår egen industriella civilisation.

    Frågan är hur länge den nuvarande utvecklingen kan pågå. Kommer vi att följa i spåren på romarriket och mayaimperiet och hur kommer i så fall framtiden att se ut? David Jonstad berättar utifrån sin bok Kollaps. Livet vid civilisationens slut om vad som får en civilisation på fall och hur vi genom samarbete, kreativitet och solidaritet kan skapa ett gott liv även i framtiden.


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    Martin J Sallberg
    Martin J Sallberg
    12 juni 2012 kl 18:40

    There is evidence that the key to recovering after brain damage is a tolerant, flexible environment, and brain plasticity may have something to do with epigenetics (reference:1). There is actually evidence that brains are better at epigenetics than other organs:
    mammalian brain neurons can rewrite the genetic code itself and the process is especially
    efficient in humans (references: 2 and 3). Paleontologists have long been puzzled
    by the fossil evidence for an acceleration in brain evolution. The explanation may be that the more
    plastic the brain already was, the better it was att improving its own plasticity epigenetically. Karl
    Popper argued that since the environment was variable, it posed variable problems that was best
    solved by understanding the mechanisms behind without prejudice, and that was why
    consciousness evolved. Sadly, Karl Popper died in 1994, so he never had a chance to learn about
    epigenetics, although it fits well into his theory. The theory that our big, complex brains evolved
    not because everyday life was complex but to appropriately change mind when the environment
    changes has been ridiculed because under traditional genetic theories, it could not explain why
    other animals have not progressed even nearly as far towards science as humans have. But if
    epigenetics are factored in, however, it can be explained by the feedback loop effect, that more
    efficient epigenetics were better at improving itself. Thereby follows that random mutations were
    very important early in evolution but gradually lost their importance, which explains why there are
    no racist-style differences today. Considering that climate change, dwindling natural resources
    and advanced weapons are major threats caused by irrational decisions, it may be time to use
    neuroplasticity research to improve rational thought throughout the population, not only on
    patients. Judging from your research, it seems that the best course to improve rationality is to
    avoid pressure to make up justifications (justifications paralyses self-improvement) and instead
    create reassurances that admitting mistakes does not mean a loss of prestige. Even Karl Popper
    complained at the malign influence prestige had in the history of science. I also have an idea that
    rearranging grammar so that the reason comes before the conclusion can help rationality. I blog
    at theascentofepigenetics.blogspot.

    1.Mind, Brain and Education.

    2.”Aneuploid neurons are functionally active and integrated into
    brain circuitry”

    3.”How many genomes do you have?”

    Martin J Sallberg.