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1 windsagio  Tue, Oct 11, 2011 3:56:13pm

I clicked on this page because ‘beeologics’ is an insanely awesome name for a company.

Are they on the track of stopping Colony Collapse Disorder?

2 Interesting Times  Tue, Oct 11, 2011 4:18:33pm

Ugh. Anyone but Monsanto :( If there’s anyone who can bugger up this promising project, it’s them.

3 Bob Levin  Tue, Oct 11, 2011 5:24:34pm

re: #1 windsagio

That’s what they do. They’ve been on it for some time, and have obviously made some significant progress.

4 Bob Levin  Tue, Oct 11, 2011 5:27:16pm

re: #1 windsagio

I’ve posted items about them before.

5 freetoken  Tue, Oct 11, 2011 8:09:08pm

Monsanto is just part of the problem - there are a handful of huge international companies that are striving to control the application of life science discoveries and they’re working to cordon off as much intellectual property as possible.

6 Bob Levin  Tue, Oct 11, 2011 9:48:17pm

re: #5 freetoken

That’s what businesses do, right? I’m not going with the ‘corporations are evil’ notion, because to me it gets down to wisdom. There are tyrants around the world, just as much, if not more, into control than corporations, whose populations are absolutely destitute with government corruption rampant.

We face objective problems regarding food and water, and I’m not particular how the issues are solved. I am optimistic that somehow they will be solved. And that pretty much gets down to inspiration and wisdom coming from somewhere.

7 Interesting Times  Wed, Oct 12, 2011 5:46:45am

re: #6 Bob Levin

We face objective problems regarding food and water, and I’m not particular how the issues are solved.

Perhaps you should be:

In the early 1990s a European genetic engineering company was preparing to field test and then commercialize on a major scale a genetically engineered soil bacteria called Klebsiella planticola. The bacteria had been tested—as it turns out in a careless and very unscientific mannner—by scientists working for the biotech industry and was believed to be safe for the environment. Fortunately a team of independent scientists, headed by Dr. Elaine Ingham of Oregon State University, decided to run their own tests on the gene-altered Klebsiella planticola. What they discovered was not only startling, but terrifying—the biotech industry had created a biological monster—a genetically engineered microorganism that would kill all terrestrial plants.

Are you really comfortable with the idea of short-term-profit-driven corporations policing themselves, particularly after the financial crisis fiasco? All it takes is one destructive decision by one incompetent/malicious executive.

8 Bob Levin  Wed, Oct 12, 2011 11:15:55am

re: #7 publicityStunted

The example you cited is something that I would call the actions of unwise. Fortunately, something happened to prevent a catastrophe. That’s why I’m optimistic.

There is plenty of unwisdom everywhere you look, which would explain why everywhere you look looks like it does. There were unwise people before capitalism, certainly there are unwise people during capitalism. There were incompetent/malicious royals, there are incompetent/malicious tyrants.

I would very much like to see a system where people who lack this quality do not rise to positions of influence.

But in the many discussions about learning, school, science, and whatnot, how many of these conversations focus on wisdom, wisdom being a force of nature? Not too many. We don’t really value wisdom, and your example shows the very reason that we should.


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