Goals for 2011

Dear All,

Wishing you a very happy New Year and good fortune for 2011. Today I want to ask a question:

What goals should we have for 2011?

As it is with this blog, being about philosophy and science, I want you to think about the ‘should’ part of the question. Not goals that we already thought about we want to achieve, but goals we should have for 2011.

Many will probably already be thinking – ‘should’ – relative to what? I do not define this, but leave it up to you! So please reply and share your thoughts.

Happy 2011!

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About Sif S. Stewart-Ferrer

Passion for knowledge - especially the philosophy of natural science. Currently involved with the Initiative for Science, Society and Policy (ISSP) in the Living Technology branch. Student at University of Southern Denmark and Honors Student at Center for Fundamental Living Technology (FLinT, www.flint.sdu.dk). Part of the 2010 Team:SDU-Denmark in the international MIT competition in synthetic biology known by the name of iGEM (www.igem.org). Martial Arts practicioner with 1st dan (black belt) in Aikido. Likes to talk, draw, play, write, teach, design, climb, sing and dance.
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2 Responses to Goals for 2011

  1. Dear All,
    I can tell from my site statistics that a there has been a 2-digit number of visitors, but none have left a reply yet. So I will be the first to try and answer the question ;-)

    The way I see it, the calender and hence a year, gives us a good opportunity for framing. Frames are useful, just like boxes, because you can put stuff in them, and keep it inside these boundaries.

    The 2011-frame goals should in my opinion mirror the numerous possibilities that scientific advances present the humans with. With this many new ways of living our life, we also need to ways to understand our human condition today.

    Some people want to ‘go back to nature’, and try to do so, by living in much more primitive ways, than they needed do with the possibilities of today (What do we even understand about living ‘naturally’? well, we can always come back to that).
    It certainly has charming and idyllic sides to it, this thought of living with/in nature, but there are also disadvantages that have to be considered. Especially how research in curing different illnesses, help us survive where we would otherwise be dead. If we want to LIVE naturally, the question is – are we willing to also DIE naturally?

    On the other hand, it is obvious that we still need some sort of grounding, to not let the many possibilities run off with us. Our societies are BOOMING with information, but will our brains be able to follow the scientific progress? Can we actually make use of these massive amounts of information?

    I think the next step is to learn simplicity. To make use of all the information we have, we need ways to discern the MOST valuable pieces of info. This is already possible with powerful search engines such as “Google”. Still, I believe we can make these tools even more efficient, and surely people are trying to do so this very minute.

    OK, so what should we as single humans, with relations, family and friends, colleagues and what more, do in this situation. With rainy and sunny days, with long light summer days and dark, cold winters, and with bodies that can get hurt or sick, that need to be kept healthy. With minds that need to be used to be kept agile, but also need rest to last long. What should the single human do now?

    Acknowledge the good and bad of our society, what one can change and what need to be left just so, consider scientific progress and it’s downsides. Do I want to eat GMO (genetically modified organism) food? Do I even know what it is? The good and bad of this appliance of a quite new technology?

    I say – use 2011 to search for knowledge, and use it to GROW WISER.

    -Sif

  2. Interessting subject, and I agree with the frames. Without, the idea of doing things now, instead of later would be less important.

    As far as knowledge comes, the more knowledge out there the more confusing it gets to find the knowledge suitable for you. Going back to nature, or going back to the old values, should attract some people as the continuing growth in knowledge always is followed by an increasing growth in the number of people utterly confused about what to focus on.

    The number of possibilities has grown, now we can pretty much get any education, spouse etc we want, were as in the old days these things were settled. You do this(!), you marry him/her(!) and that’s about it.

    We can also compare to libraries. If you only have 5 books, it’ll be easy to find the most relevant info compared to a library of 5.000.000 books. Who has time to read and compare it all?

    The amount of opportunities is far greater than ever, more knowledge is available, but at the same time, it has become harder than ever to find the path that suits us the best.

    Therefore, in my mind, we should wish for someone (or something) to help and support us to find the path that’s right for us, now that the number of possible directions (in every aspect of life) has grown from a few to an almost limitless amount.

    -René

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