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 Assunto da Mensagem: How much technology is too much ?
 Mensagem Enviado: Quarta Set 12, 2018 5:55 am 
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Is wireless 5G and IoT a case of too much technology ?

In the link below more than 180 scientists and doctors from 35 countries call for a moratorium on 5G and Internet of Things due to wireless radiation whose effects include:

"increased cancer risk, cellular stress, increase in harmful free radicals, genetic damages, structural and functional changes of the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, neurological disorders"

https://ehtrust.org/wp-content/uploads/ ... l-2017.pdf


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De: F. Pacheco Torgal
Enviado: 30 de Agosto de 2018 8:11
Assunto: Luxury, necessity and low-tech living for increased resilience

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/a ... 261631441X
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/a ... 9617301718


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De: F. Pacheco Torgal
Enviado: 28 de Agosto de 2018 6:28
Assunto: Green growth or Degrowth ?

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10. ... ode=rcns20
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/a ... 9618304018


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De: F. Pacheco Torgal
Enviado: 23 de Janeiro de 2018 20:10
Assunto: How many people can live on Earth?

10 years ago the physicist Martin Desvaux deliver a talk to the Royal Society of Statisticians that he later turn into a paper published in "Significance", a journal of the Royal Statistical Society. The title of the paper is "The sustainability of human populations: How many people can live on Earth?" in the end of it we wrote:

“It is not sufficient to try to apply technology to solve the, affluence term in the Commoner-Ehrlich equation. Humans will not willingly sacrifice much of their comfortable lifestyles for the greater good (especially for people in other countries) unless it is taken from them...”

Although very pessimistic this narrative has many advantages, the more important concerns the fact that it points the finger to everyone of us. And only in the moment that we were able to realize that technology will not bring miracle solutions that´s the moment that each one has to do is own part to solve this paramount problem. Higher education has a strong responsability on this context not only by teaching about self-responsability but also about the ethical importance of moderate consumption patterns.

Of course Governments in Western countries have also major responsabilities in sending the rigth signals to certain industries. And they should already been after the auto racing industry the same way that they do with the tobacco industry. Not so much because of their associated emissions but mostly because it is an unwarrantable industry that embodies the "confortable lifestyles" and all the wrong values that Western countries live by.


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