It's Easter. A good time to present an idea that I first put forward in 2018... in the beautiful summer of our 50th wedding anniversary in Normandy - in Biographical Notes (published at epubli.de). This text speaks of a return to the country without loss of modern knowledge and know-how. A return to healthy parameters of creation, which will appeal to many.
Exactly one hundred years after the end of the First World War, the Internet has proven its worth in the dreadful winter of 2017/18. In contact with our employees, we were able to arrange work processes on-line. The connection with family, friends, colleagues and the world as such was maintained. Once again, the blessings of this new technology, which is still not truly tangible in its overall effect, became apparent.
The Internet. So why not use it massively to train the next generation. Here in the countryside this could look like this: After kindergarten, where children are taught the basics of writing, reading and arithmetic at their whim, they are sent to school at the age of six. The first four years of school are mainly devoted to playing, painting and handicrafts. They become fit and strong during physical activity in sports and group activities, with gymnasiums and on playgrounds, which provide many suitable opportunity.
On walks in nature they get to know near and distant neighbourhoods.They make their first acquaintance with foreign languages on the Internet and through friendship with refugee children. It is a time to get to know their own world well.
From the fifth level onwards, languages become a compulsory subject. Each child learns English in addition to their own language and, if they choose, another foreign language. As a cross-group project, all young people (boys and girls) start building their own tiny house from the fifth grade onwards. With a total number of 80 pupils per village school, an average of 40 parking spaces will be required for these mini houses, which will be built in four years.
In addition workshops for the processing of steel, wood, upholstery and fabrics, as well as the installation of electricity for light and heat, the supply of fresh water and the removal of process water and an Internet connection. There is also a room for training of basic skills in waste management, water treatment, gardening and soil health. Material and costs of the tiny-house production are paid by the parents. The young people are instructed in building techniques by grandfathers and grandmothers. The workshop is run by a master in charge. Journeymen and apprentices support him.
Production and ownership of own tiny-houses brings the chance to put an end to the prevailing housing shortage. With sexual maturity every young person would be the owner of a home. Tiny houses can be combined and thus become suitable for families. This means that young people are self-sufficient from the end of their school. But not only because they own a house. In the course of manufacturing and furnishing it, they were able to acquire basic knowledge (in addition to manual skills) in the subjects mathematics, physics and engineering, which will be of great benefit later in life. They have created a material value for themselves, which can be converted into cash and/or rented out to finance further studies.
Let us return once again to the Internet and its value for education and training. In addition to grandparents, trained professionals should make recommendations for the choice of appropriate on-line training in the subjects of foreign languages, literature, history, biology and geography. The day-to-day running of the school should be under the guidance of a director appointed and paid by the community, who should be actively supported by parents and (if funds permit) other teachers.
Grandparents and great-grandparents help teenagers to find their way of life. The school management should check and ensure progress (especially in language learning). Abuses, such as teaching learning contents that are promptly forgotten after passing an exam (as is common almost everywhere today - what a waste of energy and goodwill that is...) should never be allowed to happen again!
In the agricultural activities of the area, students of the upper levels are welcome workers in the harvest (especially in summer). In local companies they like to work as interns. Refugee children return to their home country after graduating from school. Financed by the sale of their tiny house, they make a valuable contribution at home to the reconstruction and development of their country with their knowledge, experience and enthusiasm.
It is not difficult to think this thought further and to imagine the values of such cooperations. Young people from former colonies would come on invitation of former colonialists. The children of both would receive opportunity for cultural exchange and reparation. An atmosphere of trust would result. Peace and humanness would have their chance.
Research in the Nanometer Range
One billion nanometres make one traditional metre, now recognised worldwide as a
base unit of length measurement. Nanometers are referred to as nm. This designation is
not to be confused with the nautical mile (NM), which is 1,852 m.
In mathematical language one nanometer, represented as a fractional number, is 1/1,000,000,000nm. As a decimal number, 1nm is referred to as 0.0000000001.
The usual spelling in science is 10 in power of -9 (sometimes 10 in power of 9). I do not yet understand the latter differences, and I still did not get the correct spelling for the corresponding proper notation from my computer.
None-the-less, it is understood that one billion nanometers (1,000,000,000nm) are one meter. That means one centimeter is one million (1,000,000)nm. One millimeter
thus is 100,000nm. The subject matter may be easier to handle for the layman with these added titulations. The fraction of a millimetre, which can be decisive in design work, is better understood as approximately 50,000 nm.
Atoms are the smallest units in chemistry. Each consists of a nucleus formed
by protons and neutrons and orbited by electrons. In contrast, nanoparticles are combinations (the term compounds is used) of atoms and their conversions to molecules or ions.
Research in the nanometre range was made possible by the work of biologist Rosalind Franklin in the early 1950s in so-called X-ray crystallography, which also led to her recognition of the double-helix of the genome. However, the basis for research in nanometre scale came with a lecture by the physicist Richard Feynman
in 1957. From 1974 onwards, with the emergence of corresponding microscopic procedures, it is referred to as nanotechnology. Feynman's lectures on physics can be seen in many YouTube videos even today. He understood atoms as being alive through and through, and thus also describes their properties and reactions.
In a lecture of January 13, 2020 at the Royal Institute Sonia Contera shows attempts
developments in various sciences to understand nature on the nanometer scale. She speaks of an unexpected complexity of creation, which continues to act and react even on the nanometre scale. In her view only the close look at nature itself has advanced nano research since its 1980s beginnings.
Ever since the publication of Engines of Creation by K. Eric Drexler in 1987,
however, voices warning of the uncontrollability of nanoparticles created in the laboratory are heard. Despite all the advantages, such as the pearling properties of dirt-repellent clothing, insulin releasing stickers on the skin of diabetics, the isolation of clean water from used water in so called life straws and many other applications, longterm consequences of nanotechnological developments are not foreseeable. More so in biology, agriculture, nutrition and medicine. Future negative consequences can not be controlled in retrospect. Further research and its practical applications do not automatically allow a return to our Adamic creation in its original form. Mankind thus may advance from false to wrong, evil and falsehood triumphing.
Finally, some measurements. The diameter of a DNA strand is 2nm. As is well known, every single cell contains the entire genetic information of a being in the form of one long sting. Every single cell must therefore be comprehensibly larger than one nano-meter. The diameter of a virus is about 50nm. The Corona Corbit-19 virus, which effectively has brought the world to a standstill in the spring of 2020, thus is millions
of times smaller than the size we see on screens these days.
In her video Sonia Contera impressively describes how the first manipulability of nano-particles came about. How, in order to bring them to connect and come alive, it is now possible to create life synthetically by a combination of computer simulation and interdisciplinary cooperation, involving as many sources and participants as possible.
For Contera, the feared laboratory-created viruses already seem to exist.
She sees the future of safe, beneficial nanotechnology in a growing understanding of
the physics of life. New mathematics are needed to understand the details of creation itself, the origin of intelligence and the algorithms of the brain. And only then, with a full understanding of the base unit of life, the cell, can tissue engineering become an issue.
Corona and the Land
The online publication Climate and Capitalism, member of the
New York based MR online magazine, on March 11, 2020 published
Growing genetic monocultures removes whatever immune firebreaks may be available to slow down pathogen transmission. Larger population sizes and
densities facilitate greater rates of transmission. Such crowded conditions depress immune response. High throughput, a part of any industrial production, provides
a continually renewed supply of susceptibles, i.e. the fuel for the evolution of virulence.
He adds: In other words, agribusiness is so focused on profits that selecting for
a virus that might kill a billion people is treated as a worthy risk..., and continues to name the true cost of large scale, monocultural, industrially fuelled agriculture...
Without the accusation of mono-causality to Wallace's thought and conclusions, the suggestion makes sense that - with the end of big agrobusiness - in post-industrialism, post-petrol times, the end of capitalism will have arrived.
According to statistics.com 954.874 people died in Germany in 2018.
The number of annual deaths has increased steadily and amounts to 10%
since 2005. The current Corona crisis has in four weeks (as of April 6, 2020) caused 1.584 deaths. This number represents 0,1 7 % of the 2008 mortality rate. It is a relatively modest number, most likely due to early precautionary measures and public cooperation... more...
Corbit-19 and the Land
Genetic seed modification...
Even the greedy die...
The COVID-19 pandemic has clarified: A close link exists between humans (the species capable of suppressing the greatest number of living species and destroying most natural habitats) and the fact that viruses have found in humans (this very dominant species) the best way to spread rapidly! Health and ecological crises have one and the same root...
A Vision, Not Utopia.
Almost daily we drive to the local county seat. The seventeen minute journey takes us up
and down an otherwise straight street. Windows of our “little living room on four wheels” provide a stunning view of a wide open sky. Afternoon tea among people and a chance to adore the rapidly changing light and cloud formations of our maritime region seem to justify this petroleum guzzling, air polluting action. I can't help but imagine, what would come of
this venture if no cars existed.
Despite precautions horses do pass fences and go off wandering. Without cars accidents
and serious damage to horse and or driver would be a thing of the past.
Instead of going to town a daily walk to the village would provide many opportunities. Celebrate happy hour. Walk not sit. Meet neighbours. Greet each other. Talk to children. Engage in a little conversation here and there. Issue an invitation, express and receive sympathy, seek advice, engage in giving and receiving. Experience - in other words - all benefits of a living neighbourhood. In addition - on rainy days - the display of my umbrella. Only storms may cancel all.
Arriving in the village a visit to the post office would reveal if letters have arrived. At the
local drone landing site, I may welcome visitors or watch the dispatch of out-going shipments. I may stop by the village school and admire the progress in tiny house building.
The village drone may take me to the county seat. There, only a few meters from the
landing site, I can visit podiatrist, pharmacy, optician, internet repair shops, boutiques, shoemaker, tailors and the hairdresser. I can stroll along the fortifications, visit the big cathedral and enjoy singing my new song. Then pass by our favourite café. A modern hight standard hospital is found in town. Here I can post letters and small parcels. Big parcels
will be picked up directly from home.
Coming and going I can observe - from the drone on high - skies and the countryside. Cherish how the land stretches out calmly. Free from the terror of rushing cars, resounding
of natural tunes...
The road that connects our village and the county seat still does exist. Due to new environ-mental regulations and high fuel prices traffic on this road is sparse and slow. It simply is no longer worth it. The road is for oversized transports and often used by cyclists who prefer
the bike to local traffic drones for visits to the neighbourhood at large. For latter purposes many side roads are preserved.
Most asphalt roads, however, had to give way to a general desire for freedom from the risk
of rushing vehicles and love of the great outdoors. A new network of paths for slow traffic is in place. Walking them I feel the gravel of these green maintenance free walkways under my feet. Individual car traffic is a thing of the past.
This fragment was first published in 2018 in context of the small book Christine Sander: Biographical Notes. As of 2020 Corbid-19 has instituted Part One of the vision. It now is up to humanity at large to realise Part Two and not return to "how things have been...". My sympathies go out to politicians and law makers.