Date archive forJuly, 2012
By Tristan Fischer On Monday, July 30th, 2012
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Green is not red, but blue: environmentalism and the mystery of right wing opposition

Conservatives are rightly suspicious of environmentalists.   By 1992,  with Reagan, Thatcher and the end of the Cold War, socialism and left wing thinking appeared to be dead.  Conservatism was triumphant and More...

By historyfuturenow On Saturday, July 28th, 2012
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Black Swans and why History, Future. Now is not bleak

Nassim Nicholas Taleb is famous for his 2008 book, The Black Swan, in which he came up with a very simple idea: that big changes can suddenly happen, apparently out of nowhere.  He uses the Wall Street crash, More...

By historyfuturenow On Saturday, July 28th, 2012
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Go to college so you can afford to pay your college debts

Thanks to Post Growth Institute for the cartoon.  More...

By historyfuturenow On Thursday, July 26th, 2012
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Automation providing a world of luxury, or mass poverty?

For the past 50 years there has been an expectation that the next generation will have a higher quality of life than the previous generation. With increased computerisation, globalisation and automation this expectation More...

By historyfuturenow On Thursday, July 26th, 2012
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Population growth, a disaster in the making

The world’s population increased by another billion people between 1999 and 2011, to hit 7 billion. When History, Future. Now’s father was born, in 1930, the population was just 2 billion. By 2050 the More...

By historyfuturenow On Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
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Generation Screwed: how the youth of today are being screwed by the baby boomers

History, Future. Now. frequently posts articles about the increasing generational divide between the Baby Boomer generation who are now hitting retirement age and the Millennial generation who have recently graduated More...

By historyfuturenow On Sunday, July 22nd, 2012
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New articles: American exceptionalism, Artificial meat, Renewables and society, Emigration’s benefits.

History, Future. Now is on holiday and so will be writing less frequently.  There are some meaty subjects, however, that he intends to write about: “Why the American myth of exceptionalism damages her future” More...

By historyfuturenow On Saturday, July 21st, 2012
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Stanford researchers produce first complete computer model of an organism

Markus Covert, assistant professor of bioengineering at Stanford University had a significant announcement to make this week: In a breakthrough effort for computational biology, the world’s first complete More...

By historyfuturenow On Thursday, July 19th, 2012
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SpaceX: private space vehicle supplies the Space Station and brings engineering talent back to Earth

Elon Musk is a pretty exceptional individual: he was the founder of PayPal, which has transformed the financial services sector, was the founder of Tesla Motors, which is producing some of the most exciting motor More...

By historyfuturenow On Wednesday, July 18th, 2012
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Highlander: There can be only one and the impact of longevity on society

Highlander, staring Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery, is one of best movies of the 1980s.  I watched it again last night and, although it is dated and cheesy, it remains a great film with some fantastic music More...