CAN VULNERABILITY BE HEDGED?
The end of a relationship can bring uncertainty.
Individuals differ in how they respond to it.
Relief, worry about the future, even paralysis through fear of the unknown depends on their ‘tolerance’ for uncertainty.
A ‘vulnerability factor’ contributes most to anxiety disorders, according to Helen Thomson, ’The Agony of Waiting’, New Scientist, 19 October 2019, p43.
In the new satirical fiction novel “Short of Love” by Martin Knox, the central character Tom uses a commodity trading strategy ‘a straddle” to ‘hedge’ his vulnerability to love.
Will this ensure Tom’s tolerance for the uncertainty of love?
A.I. Smart or Dumb?
AI has focussed on algorithms for robots to mimic human behaviour. Imitation is prevalent for young children, but for teenagers and adults much learning is by trial and error, insight and critical thinking. They solve problems, make comparisons, judge situations, synthesise and create. AI would have to recognise what situation to imitate with its algorithm, without dumbing itself out of business. If you want smarts, use a human.
Is a nanny state preventing us maturing?
Can we leave it to others to decide what is good for us? Or do we have to make up our own minds? Presumed Dead is a novel that reveals the type of nanny-state politics we would be better off without.
See the book trailer: https://youtu.be/wD4dKUA3hKQ
What is the burden of proof?
When a claim is falsifiable, Karl Popper had the burden lying with others to try and falsify it. If it is not falsifiable, Bertrand Russell had proof lying with the person who made the unfalsifiable claim. Could this mean a researcher cannot gather data to verify their thesis unless it is unfalsifiable? My paper explores proof in climate change. Greenhouse Teapot 040717