Lets talk about Sex: Does the separation of pleasure and procreation mean the end of people?

Everybody knows that the world’s population has increased dramatically since 1930 – population 2 billion – to today – population 7.1.  Most people also know that, excluding immigration and children of immigrants, the fertility rate of women in most of Europe and parts of east Asia is lower than replacement level – which More...

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By Tristan Fischer On Thursday, December 20th, 2012
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Seeing Ghosts: merging the real world with the virtual world

Science fiction provides an endless parade of humans living in a virtual reality world.  Tron, the classic 1982 Disney science fiction film where the hero enters a virtual world is perhaps the best known original More...

By Tristan Fischer On Thursday, November 22nd, 2012
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An American parable: The rise of Venetian inequality and the decline of prosperity

A new book, Why Nations Fail: the Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty, looks at the historical roots as to why some countries are rich and others are poor. As with all books of this genre, it owes a great More...

By Tristan Fischer On Saturday, November 17th, 2012
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What happens when China becomes the largest economy in the world?

According to the OECD, China is due to overtake the US economy as the largest in the world in three years.  By 2030 it predicts that China will account for 25% of the world’s economy.  That is impressive. Detractors More...

By Tristan Fischer On Saturday, October 27th, 2012
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The new rise of European political extremism – Greece today, where next?

History Future Now has written about the inevitable rise of extremist political parties in Europe as society is torn apart by austerity measures.  Spain now has an overall unemployment rate of more than 25% and More...

By Tristan Fischer On Wednesday, October 17th, 2012
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How To Make Sure The Next Generation Is Better Off Than We Are – Mohamed A. El-Erian – The Atlantic

Everybody is writing about the youth unemployment crisis and has a series of prescriptions to cure the problem.  Writing in The Atlantic, Mohamed A. El-Erian, CEO and co-chief investment officer of Pimco, one More...

By Tristan Fischer On Monday, October 15th, 2012
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The North African Threat and Mediterranean Reunification

North Africa does not appear to be a military and political threat to the European Union.  Why should it?  In the last few years most of its countries have been convulsed by revolutions and are in disarray.   More...

By Tristan Fischer On Thursday, October 11th, 2012
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Keynes and Hayek are both dead, and wrong

Despite the fact that both John Maynard Keynes and Friedrich August Hayek are dead, their ideas are very much alive today and form the basis of whether governments chose austerity or stimulus as a way out of our More...

By Tristan Fischer On Thursday, October 11th, 2012
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If you switched the US annual budget for its fleet in the Persian Gulf to solar PV, you could provide free electricity to all of the US

If you switched the US budget for its fleet in the Persian Gulf to solar PV, you could provide free electricity to all of the US.  The US used 3,856 billion kWh of electricity in 2011.  Assume for the sake of More...

By Tristan Fischer On Tuesday, October 9th, 2012
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Why do we need the military? Securing energy supplies and trade routes

History Future Now looks at our military expenditure and asks two basic questions:  first, what is the purpose of the military and second, if we did things differently would we need to spend so much on the military? More...