• Brian Merz's profile was updated 7 years ago

  • Brian Merz replied to the topic Let's talk about brains! in the Conversation Big Ideas 7 years ago

    The following two topics would correspond to Erik’s 3<sup>rd</sup> point, amplification. Though both of these are first steps with limited effects, not quite of titanic proportions. I think the real issue may come down to how our brains develop, it doesn’t help to put more juice into a circuit that is not equipped to make use of it, so more amp…[Read more]

  • I would like to see more green fiction. In some of the stories that I have attempted, the current “green” fad has matured into genuine policy level cultural priority and established business practice, as well as a […]

  • Brian Merz replied to the topic Urban sustainability in the Conversation Big Ideas 7 years, 4 months ago

    Thank you for steering this post back towards its origin and great links as well.

    Since i first posted this topic i have come across a number of examples of urban adaptions to improve the integration between nature, sustainability and urban systems but, alas, i do not have links with me now.

    Trying to return to the forum during my summer break i…[Read more]

  • Brian Merz replied to the topic Telepathy in the Conversation Big Ideas 8 years, 3 months ago

    Rudy, your explanation of your concept of ‘qwet’ communication put me in mind of thinking about ourselves and perhaps all living beings, and to a lesser degree all matter, as a complex arrangement of fields. it is akin to ancient mystic concepts and a modern physic’s way of seeing the world. all matter is just a state that has properties and…[Read more]

  • Start with one bucky dome and blister out like ring worm on the face of a new colony planet. Good ideas.

    with futuristic concepts of self-healing smart materials and nano assembly materials and a few more sustainable and fantastic scientific advances i think it is possible… in theory. could test it on the moon. We just need to tackle the…[Read more]

  • wow, thanks for bringing this to my attention. there are so many innovations in this green fuel field that it is difficult to keep up. i have been working on a story featuring these kinds of tech for a long time.

    here are some other interesting resources:
    Sapphire Energy Algae farms in the New Mexico desert
    Solazyme won a contract to produce…[Read more]

  • @ninky i double posted on the topic Lets talk about Brains, i thought that i had deleted the first one but it is still there. it is rather long to begin with, can you get it out or tell me how to, thanks.

  • Brian Merz replied to the topic Let's talk about brains! in the Conversation Big Ideas 8 years, 3 months ago

    Asking me my thoughts on brains, how meta. I find the research fascinating and the changes in conceptualizing the brain within my lifetime awes me. I remember as child being told the same old neural legends, ‘we only use 10% of our brains’ or ‘at 20 years your brain is set in stone’ and so many more that are now proven not only to be untrue…[Read more]

  • Brian Merz started the topic Biological Computing in the Conversation Big Ideas 8 years, 3 months ago

    News stories such as this, Researchers Make DNA Data Storage a Reality and others from researchers a Stanford show that we can store data in DNA format. Likewise DNA reading technology is growing ever cheaper.

    Is there a time when we might be dealing with biological computers? Will they be synthetic living creatures or computer cases full of…[Read more]

  • Brian Merz replied to the topic Telepathy in the Conversation Big Ideas 8 years, 3 months ago

    Rudy, your post is very stimulating. It is almost as if it has placed thoughts in my head but also triggered others, as I have thought a great deal about this and other neurological futures.

    Your point about communication being a form of telepathy is one that I like, I first found it spelled out in that way in Stephen Kings book On Writing,…[Read more]

  • Brian Merz commented on the post, Farm Hack 8 years, 5 months ago

    I think that for dense urban areas the roof-top and vertical farms can be of moderate benefit. For more sprawled cities public fruit groves and wild edible patches can provide seasonal food sources.

    Another […]

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  • Brian Merz replied to the topic Urban sustainability in the Conversation Big Ideas 8 years, 8 months ago

    Matt: I think you are rather focused on your rally point. i don’t dispute that things need to change, but our discussions here are about new ideas and about letting them run to their furthest and wildest extremes […]

  • Brian Merz started the topic Urban sustainability in the Conversation Big Ideas 8 years, 10 months ago

    I would like to see more green fiction.

    In some of the stories that i have attempted, the current ‘green’ fad has matured into genuine policy level cultural priority and established business practice, as well as a staple concern of urban planning.

    How can we make our cities more sustainable?

    Make urban areas coexist with the natural…[Read more]