Thursday, February 16, 2017

Even complex things are very simple. Simple is pretty

There are only atoms and empty spaces between them. Everything else is opinion (Democritus of Abdera)

As it turns out, sometimes even the empty spaces matter. When there is a void it will be filled eventually. The pressure to fill that void matters. Yet, all of this is opinion!

Once the void is filled it will feel as if there has never been any void at all.

Let's see. Can we conceive of a world without internal combustion engine powered vehicles that were mass produced? Everyone Henry Ford tried to convince about his business loan needs laughed in his face. That was opinion.

What about a world without our smartphones? Who would've imagined? Phone use penetration in Africa is at 80% or better. It got there in the last 10 years or so. Meanwhile sanitation in Africa is at 25% or so and it's only been growing slightly for the last fifty years. My opinion: make having sanitation as cool as having a phone. Because the former is healthier!

Water desalination plants are expensive. They are hard to maintain. Why not follow nature instead? The Albatross has a nose gland that allows it to drink salt water and desalinate it. Sometimes following in the footsteps of the great just works. Nature is great. Look inside. You never know what you may find but you will find success.

Adrian S. Petrescu, Ph.D., J.D.

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