An Appeal to Academia.
Despite the advances that are being made in amassing of knowledge by humankind, not enough of this knowledge is being used to improve the overall quality of life on Earth, even though, arguably, there is enough knowledge available that would enable humankind to improve the living conditions of all Life on Earth considerably.
That humankind’s knowledge is not fully applied to improving the quality of Life on Earth might be mainly due to the fact that the application of knowledge to the what-so-ever various problems that might exist on Earth rests in the hands of people whose power and wisdom to apply knowledge to solving of our problems is limited at most times.
This creates a situation where on one hand individuals who specialize in creating and enhancing of humankind’s knowledge are free to create and enhance as much knowledge as they can and want, only to see, on the other hand, this knowledge not being applied to its full potential extend.
Humankind’s knowledge has become very specialized–it is impossible for anyone to know enough on most subjects in any of the fields of knowledge. This situation limits our ability to plan our future effectively–it is difficult to achieve an agreement on what the ideal future should be.
This situation might be helped by creating of a model that would present the composite of what each participant creator of the model (ideally any and all humans on Earth) would think an ideal state of affairs on Earth should be, in which any and all knowledge available would be applied to optimally portraying of an ideal Earth.
Creating of such a model would permit a vast co-operation across all the fields of all sciences–the closest thing to unification of sciences there might ever happen. The model would be based on the best reason for the existence of science: an actual application of knowledge for the benefit of life on Earth. The on-going creation of such a model would eventually start presenting a picture of life on Earth as it ideally could be–the model would be an “ombudsman” without any executive powers, however one that would be powerful by the strength of presenting a model of for life on Earth optimal conditions based on the knowledge available, to whose opinions the powers-that-there-might-be could gradually be attuned and subsequently sufficiently educated to apply their powers appropriately to the real needs of life on Earth.
No situation, or a research objective modeled could be too small, nor too large in scale, nor would anyone be prevented from trying to improve on any instance modeled, since the model would be ideally accessible by anyone on Earth. Any solutions to any problems would have to be, beside being consistent with the knowledge available in the database, open to anyone’s critique and to anyone’s improvements.
All the components necessary for the creation of such a model are readily available–potentially all the PC’s in the world linked together by, perhaps, using “distributed computing” (which would enable the model to exist without requiring any particular physical location) and the existing data-bases at all the institutions of learning there are. The labor necessary for running of the model could be gotten by diverting of the effort that goes into research that is being done already on solutions vital to humanity into conducting research within the model, thus reducing unnecessary redundancy and improving the quality of research by enabling more researchers from many more fields of science than is currently possible to work on those research problems together, and so vastly enhance the quality of any such research.
The Earth has only one possible future, a future that is the result of all the individual actions that are meant to improve the lives of all the individual actors and their progeny. By resolving conflicts that are a natural consequence of carrying out the individual actors’ wishes for better conditions of their lives in a model, rather than in real life, a great amount of unnecessary suffering could be avoided.
Thank you, Mr. Jan Hearthstone – ModelEarth.Org .
The Path of Least Resistance by Robert Fritz
Salem, MA, DMA, Inc., 1984, ISBN: 0-930641-00-0.
More about Robert Fritz’s work is at http://www.robertfritz.com .
to the optimal physical and mental well-being of all beings anywhere and anytime.
May all differences that there are among beings in this world resolve harmlessly in meditations, prayers, gedanken experiments, and models, before those differences resolve in real life, not infrequently causing harm to all involved.
An Appeal to Academia: http://www.ModelEarth.Org/acappeal.html