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A conversation between a physicist and an economist.

With regards to maintaining our historical energy consumption growth rate:

Physicist: Before we tackle that, we’re too close to an astounding point for me to leave it unspoken. At that 2.3% growth rate, we would be using energy at a rate corresponding to the total solar input striking Earth in a little over 400 years. We would consume something comparable to the entire sun in 1400 years from now. By 2500 years, we would use energy at the rate of the entire Milky Way galaxy—100 billion stars! I think you can see the absurdity of continued energy growth. 2500 years is not that long, from a historical perspective. We know what we were doing 2500 years ago. I think I know what we’re not going to be doing 2500 years hence.

Personally, I expect for our energy consumption growth rate to increase over the middle term.
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"1. There could be a central registry, free and open to the public, where protocols are pre-registered. Call this the 'clinicaltrials.gov option' because we already have one for clinical trials. This registry could also serve as a repository of results and raw data, but it wouldn't have to.
2. Academic journals could require studies to be pre-registered in order to be considered for publication: you submit the Introduction and Methods, these are peer reviewed, and if accepted, the journal is bound to publish the results when they arrive; the authors for their part are bound to follow their protocol (secondary analyses could take place, but they would be explicitly flagged as such.) and submit the results.
3. Scientific funding bodies could make all successful scientific grant applications public via an open database. These applications already contain pre-specified methods, hypotheses, and statistical analyses, in most cases; part of this plan could be to make these more detailed.
4. Authors could have the individual responsibility to publicly announce their methods, hypotheses and plans before starting studies on their own websites."
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This chapter is a must read for everyone.
Freely available for limited time.
http://www.fooledbyrandomness.com/prologue.pdf
(from the Nassim Taleb's upcoming book "ANTIFRAGILE - Things that Gain From Disorder / Living in a World We Don't Understand")
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