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parallaxicality
2011-Jan-01, 12:04 AM
was there ANY genuinely hopeful news to come out of 2010? And I mean hopeful in the absolute sense, not in the Chilean miners sense.

kleindoofy
2011-Jan-01, 12:32 AM
was there ANY genuinely hopeful news to come out of 2010? And I mean hopeful in the absolute sense ...
Well, anybody reading this made it to what we label as 2011 and has a new, or perhaps better, prolonged chance to move things along.

What could be any more hopeful than that?

JohnD
2011-Jan-01, 12:09 PM
Yesterday, I heard a BBC Radio 4 programme that included much hopeful information.
It's "More or Less" a weekly about statistics (Good old BBC! To Inform, to Educate and to Entertain! What commercial broadcaster would do that?)
If you go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00wrbrx#synopsis you may be able to hear it online. Click on "Listen Now"

It features prominent statisticians with their "favourite numbers" many of which are on changes in the UK and the world in the last year. That includes the charismatic Swedish statistician Has Rosling, who presented figures on, for instance, maternal mortality in Africa. Many countries in Africa have improved and continue to improve maternal health faster than, as he says, it ever did in Sweden or the USA.
If you can't listen, you can watch Prof Rosling: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbkSRLYSojo

What more hope could you hope for?
JOhn

mike alexander
2011-Jan-01, 06:32 PM
Yesterday, I heard a BBC Radio 4 programme that included much hopeful information.
It's "More or Less" a weekly about statistics (Good old BBC! To Inform, to Educate and to Entertain! What commercial broadcaster would do that?)
If you go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00wrbrx#synopsis you may be able to hear it online. Click on "Listen Now"

It features prominent statisticians with their "favourite numbers" many of which are on changes in the UK and the world in the last year. That includes the charismatic Swedish statistician Has Rosling, who presented figures on, for instance, maternal mortality in Africa. Many countries in Africa have improved and continue to improve maternal health faster than, as he says, it ever did in Sweden or the USA.
If you can't listen, you can watch Prof Rosling: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbkSRLYSojo

What more hope could you hope for?
JOhn

The very concept of a charismatic statistician gives me hope. For what, I'm less sure.

JustAFriend
2011-Jan-02, 01:25 AM
was there ANY genuinely hopeful news to come out of 2010? And I mean hopeful in the absolute sense, not in the Chilean miners sense.

a) No Klingons showed up.

b) The Sun didn't go nova.

c) Monkees still can't talk or rise up against humanity.

So it wasn't a totally bad year...

jokergirl
2011-Jan-03, 09:28 AM
We didn't lose Europa... but on the downside we didn't get a second sun either.

Strange
2011-Jan-03, 09:51 AM
c) Monkees still can't talk or rise up against humanity.

And haven't re-formed to release another album. Maybe this year we will see legislation against boy-bands getting together again in middle age.

tnjrp
2011-Jan-03, 10:01 AM
We didn't lose Europa... but on the downside we didn't get a second sun either.Depends who you ask:
http://www.rationalskepticism.org/general-debunking/is-jupiter-a-hologram-t16204.html

Rhaedas
2011-Jan-03, 10:48 AM
We didn't lose Europa... but on the downside we didn't get a second sun either.

Best response. Period.

Although I would love to know that Clarke's epilogue could come true, that in year 20,001 there was emerging intelligence on Europa and mankind had branched out throughout the solar system and maybe further. I'd quote it but I have no idea where my copy is at the moment.

Swift
2011-Jan-03, 01:53 PM
I'm still on the right side of the dirt, so it can't be all bad. ;)