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Come on, Europe!

Background Although the European Union has a 60 % larger population than USA, its influence in the world is much smaller and steadily diminishing. There are increasing problems in our neighbourhoods as well as internal problems in many EU countries and future trends may further increase the stress on our democratic societies. In order to meet present and coming challenges it is necessary for Europe to change from a passive attitude where action is determined by the “lowest common denominator”, often zero, to a more forceful way of action. A…

Restart

Dear Reader, You may wonder why it has taken me such a long time since I published my last post on March 13 till I return today with a new one. In each of April, May and June, I had trips of 10-14 days and then followed a fantastic summer with swimming and sunbathing. However often, on the beach or running in the woods, I thought of fall and what I then would write on the blog, so you readers have certainly not been forgotten. When writing a post for…

Population growth or quality of life?

Recently I watched “Twin sisters”, a fantastic documentary about two identical twins from a Chinese orphanage who were adopted by two different families, one living in Sacramento, California, USA, the other in a small place called Fresvik in a Norwegian fjord. http://www.idfa.nl/industry/tags/project.aspx?ID=4efd1efc-7efa-4899-a544-8a7f47579655 In addition to the beautiful story of how the two girls and their respective families got into contact with each others and established close friendships, this documentary also displays the differences between the two societies the girls come to; the Californian city Sacramento with all its facilities and…

Russia and Europe

Yugoslavia broke apart and blood flowed. Now, 20 years later, the scattered parts are on their way into the European Union as full member states. We must be grateful that the breakdown of the Iron Curtain and the Soviet Union went as smoothly as it did. Although there were bad incidents, it could certainly have become much worse. Even here prospects opened up for closer ties between EU and the former communist countries and Soviet republics. With one exception – Russia! Russia was different – and big! I suspect that…

Sports – the new opium of the people

Last year SkellefteÃ¥ AIK won the Swedish ice hockey league and even this year the prospects look fine as they are leading the series with good margin. I am not especially interested in sports and not at all in ice hockey, but find it better if my home team wins a game rather than their opponents. However, I wonder how true supporters look upon a lost game. Do they find a lost game worse than if 100 people are killed in the civil war in Syria? I like exercise and…

Global warming, Gulf Stream and Scandinavian climate

During the first years of climate debate croakers predicted a new ice age in Scandinavia as a result of global warming and reduced Arctic sea ice. The “pump” of the Gulf Stream is the so-called deep-water formation when warm surface water is cooled and ice is formed. After ice formation the cold water with a higher salt content will sink as it has a higher density than the incoming warmer water. They predicted that less ice would reduce the power of the pump, thus leading to colder weather. It was…

Opium of the people

Panic disorder is an illness, which makes the patient afraid of anything, e.g. driving a car. The patient becomes unusually aware of the risks of driving and therefore must abstain. One reason for panic disorder is the imbalance of regulatory chemicals. Reduced production of GABA-A causes physiological symptoms that lead to the disorder. Other chemicals like endorphins (endogenous morphine) also play a major part in our behavior and well-being. With an incorrect balance of body chemicals we can’t lead a normal life. As the first humans developed they got insights that…

Finding your doppelganger in the Multiverse

  In December I watched a science program on TV about the idea of there being not only our Universe, but a lot of Universes, that we are part of a Multiverse. (The Fabric of the Cosmos: Universe or Multiverse? with Brian Greene). I don’t find the idea of a Multiverse impossible, but what I reacted against was, that in stead of focusing on the eventual proof of a Multiverse or on how such proofs could be found, the focus was on the possibility that each and one of us…

To be critical

At my matriculation examination 1960 in Norwegian essay writing I had to choose between 3 topics, one of them “To be critical – a weakness or a force”. I can remember how lucky I felt there in the classroom as this really suited me. The consequence of this “dream topic” was a better result at the exam than my mean results had been. My critical attitude has followed me through life with resulting advantages and disadvantages. The advantages of a critical attitude is the ability to independently analyze a situation…

Introduction

When reading newspapers and books, watching TV or listening to radio, I can find information incomplete, sometimes even questionable. I often have a different opinion on how things are shaped and see alternative routes to solve the many problems we have in the world. From time to time I have tried to take contacts in order to cover gaps I’ve found and getting my questions answered. This is however a tedious process for a layman without status as most approaches are neglected. And if I get an answer, even that…