SEARCH BLOG: POPULAR WISDOM or OIL or RESEARCH
Recently, I wrote about the dangers of "popular wisdom" ... something being repeated often enough so that it becomes the "truth." That is not to say that "accepted" theories are wrong because they have acquired the status of "popular wisdom." Only that we must look at ideas with a critical eye. If you are interested in another piece of information regarding the above linked article... try this one. This is not "popular" wisdom. Also recommended for your edification.
Much of the world is focused on the political and social unrest in the Middle East and the "clash of cultures" between the Muslims and the rest of the world. Yes, there are plenty of Islamic nutjobs running around and they are a problem that needs to be addressed in the near term. But the reality of the Middle East is that the Islamic nations and their fanatics have only two supports... oil and religion... and oil will cease to be as significant of a support within two generations. The Middle East Islamists, berift of oil, have little to offer the rest of the world except a distorted version of religion... and that will ensure their failure. The world will move forward while they lose the one source of income that sustains them now.
If for no other reason, removing economic support for Islamists is reason enough to push forward with more nuclear and clean-coal powered electric generating plants... which will allow expanded use of electric-hybrid or other, non-petroleum dependent automotive technologies (such as hydrogen fuels which require large amount of electricity to generate hydrogen gas).Three major universities in Southeastern Michigan are facing the reality that their futures are tied to that area's future and making more of their research results available to businesses. This is a start, but really just miniscule. A greater symbiotic relationship needs to be developed between our great universities and our businesses. Let's hope that pirated or counterfeited versions don't end up in China next week... after all, our business and universities have been subsidizing China's industrialization with our research and development efforts for decades... they just haven't been paying for it.
Focusing only on military and diplomatic solutions is self-defeating... we've been doing that for 1/2 a century.
I think you get the idea... just because "everyone" thinks something is truth or "we've always done it that" way is accepted... you can zig when the world is zagging.