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Links 1 through 10 of 35 by Phil Gyford tagged overlinks

"If we launch starships, whether of exploration or settlement, they won’t be conquerors; they will be worse off than the Polynesians on their catamarans, the losses will be heavy and their state at planetfall won’t resemble anything depicted in Hollywood SF." (via Futurismic)

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"Any believable prediction will be wrong. Any correct prediction will be unbelievable. ... the sweet spot that science fiction authors aim for" is the point on the cusp of "plausibility and fantasy".

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Charles Stross on why space colonisation is a ridiculous idea. Colonising our own deserts and oceans is much, much easier but we're in no rush to do that. (via Tom Taylor)

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Taking projections of declining birth rates literally results in Hong Kong's population dying out in 2798, Brazil by year 5000.

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From January 2010, Michael Blastland shows how wrong the Bank of England's GDP projection fan charts can be. (Also, that daft "The face of uncertainty..." stock photo and caption is priceless.)

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"A collaborative presentation for/by grumpy futurists" (via @yoz)

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"There is a strong anti-government attitude at loose in the world (not just in the US) that believes that government can only screw things up. And at the same time, a belief that corporations are the prime engines of all that is socially good."

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Wow. Scroll down... and down... until you get to the dolls with the scary, amazing, horrible, wonderful heads based on scans of real people. Imagine having a collection of one of these for every year of your life... (via @wonderlandblog)

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TrendWatching have two full-time jobs going in London. A decade ago I expect I would have been super keen on these.

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