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A mystic might say that the ultimate human nature, as well as the nature of everything in the known universe, is , and humans, as well as all life, are here to discover that divinity, which is deep within all of us. Human “nature” and our “sentience” are probably keys for determining our immediate and long-term future. Dynamics of our past can draw inferences that we are heading toward the Sixth Mass Extinction that may take us with it. Other trends provide reason to believe that humanity will finally become a truly sentient species that experiences its and will not only heal as much of its damage inflicted on Earth and itself as it can, but a future that a Disney movie could not begin to portray may await humanity. But unflinchingly facing our past and present, and laying aside the myths and , will greatly increase the probability that such a future can be attained.

Nine Real NASA Technologies in 'The Martian'

Andy Weir’s “The Martian” tells the story of Mark Watney, a NASA astronaut stranded on Mars

He must improvise and innovate to survive

The twin ideas of efficiency and resilience are important. Efficiency is about getting more for less, particularly energy. Although aerobic respiration’s energy efficiency allowed for to develop, they end up creating interactions and dependencies, and the entire structure can lose its resilience when compared to simpler systems. Remove one part of the food chain and the entire ecosystem can collapse, and it can be part of the chain, from top to bottom. Making systems more efficient, as the last bits of energy are wrung from the system, reduces their resilience to the real world’s surprises. That dynamic is probably a key contributing factor of mass extinctions during the eon of complex life. Modern ecosystems studies are making the connections clear and are being applied to the dynamics of human civilizations; work has been seminal in this regard. Complex ecosystems pass through of exploitation, conservation, release, and reorganization, and three dimensions of interaction are involved: potential, connectedness, and resilience. In general, simple systems are more stable than complex ones, which is another reason why any , if there were any, would have been far less cataclysmic than those of complex life.

Are UFOs and aliens real? Tom DeLonge is still …

All species live within their niches, which are always primarily energy niches, in which an organism can obtain enough energy and preserve it for long enough to produce viable offspring. There are usually energy tradeoffs; efficiency could be sacrificed for rate of ingestion, so that efficiency was reduced but input was increased enough so that the increased cost of obtaining it was worthwhile, such as with . The primary measure of an organism’s success is its energy surplus, which is related to resilience. As an example, today a trout can live in a fast-moving current where food quickly arrives, which is efficient from an input perspective, but the energy spent swimming to maintain a presence in the current reduces the net energy surplus. A slower stream will provide less food per unit of time, but it also takes less energy to live there. In trout studies, the dominant trout will live where the optimal energy tradeoff exists, which leads to the greatest energy surplus. Less dominant trout will be pushed into the faster water, and the least competitive trout will be pushed into calm water and slowly starve. No species will last for long if it does not have a high enough energy surplus so that it can survive the vagaries of existence. The energy surplus issue has not been emphasized in biology during the past century, as the “” of a species has been emphasized, but it is the variable for understanding species fitness.

It's Official. Humans Are Going to Mars. NASA Has …

As already discussed, for the previous Epochal Events (, , , ), what the event led to was to beings living before the event. But this time we have some hints, and shows such as are probably not all that fictional. My understanding is that a close cousin to its guides our ET visitors, and humans will not be allowed to become a space-faring species until we reach a level of maturity where ideas such as the Prime Directive become standard features of our culture. Although the idea of becoming a space-faring culture has plenty to capture the imagination, Brian and I were always most interested in the environmental, economic, political, and social changes that a “free energy revolution” could initiate.


In this essay’s , I reviewed my journey and touched on Dennis Lee’s, who was my partner during my days of pursuing FE, and that chapter also mentioned amazing explorations. This chapter will dig a little deeper into our experiences. Our odysseys into alternative and free energy all began at about the same time: in 1973-1974, during the , which ended the . Mine started when my first professional mentor invented what was hailed as the , which he invented in about 1968 and began to patent just before the crisis, and it . During that furor, I , spent absorbing its art and culture, and began . Dennis is 12 years older than I am, and as I dreamed of changing the energy industry, he had his in the energy crisis's mayhem. Brian began his alternative energy pursuit around the same time, as he engaged in activism and .

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The energy disasters may only be previews of future events. The USA's invasion of Iraq and its military presence in the Middle East is all about controlling Earth's remaining high-EROI oil. . Ever since the , the West has been invading and meddling in the oil-rich Middle East.