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By using this quote and in the following text a leading former senior world politician and decision maker with his vast background in finance and economics identifies the main culprit of global problems: ECONOMIC GROWTH. While it surely was brave that Prof. Köhler stated it, the insight itself is neither new nor original, but such simple facts usually are revealed from a different direction. I shall conclude my musings with two more typical quotes from a more typical corner of intellectual inquiry:

"The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function."
(Albert A. Bartlett, physicist)

And one of the greatest minds that every walked the Earth spoke:

"A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it. "
(Max Planck, father of Quantum Physics)

Amen.

(Well - and is there any reason to mention that Larry Hagman and Barbara Eden attended the event? I think not. It was about the only thing the mainstream press reported).


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I have been at big events and Galas before and met... by Stefan Thiesen on Tuesday, Dec 7, 2010 at 7:00:31 PM
"Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on ... by Ursula Siebert on Tuesday, Dec 7, 2010 at 8:21:21 PM