Comment on Kaoru GreenEmerald – The Whole History of the Earth and Life

Kaoru GreenEmerald – The Whole History of the Earth and Life 【Finished Edition】

As far as I can tell, this is an artistic interpretation of things you have read, thought about, and imagined. There are no links to source materials, data, models, groups, or calibrations. Yet, all the things mentioned, or hinted at, are amenable to quantitative modeling. Just the groups and individuals doing that are not working together, except by sharing word of mouth. I would estimate there are several tens of millions of people living and working who could contribute to a real model of the solar system, earth, life, and all the things you hinted at. But the knowledge in data and models and words is scattered in many forms and representations.

Your “DNA” took a few seconds of film time, but the modeling of the process could take millions of super computer years. Though, somewhere between your words and pictures model, and the real world which is its own model and data – there are many stages of completeness. Several people mentioned they learned more watching this, than they got from spending years in classrooms. That is mostly because memorizing words spoken by people is a very inefficient way to transmit and share working, quantitative and verifiable models. Talking heads fill most classrooms and videos. You, at least, put the world first, and narrated. Standing side by side with the viewer, looking at reality.

The same side by side working together can be done with global collaborative communities with cores of shared models and data. Then every group (usually tens of thousands of groups and individuals on each of the processes you mentioned) is not working in isolation sharing only by word transmission, but everyone can see, verify and use the same core models. Models for DNA, models for evolution, models for magnetic fields, models for cosmic rays, models for natural nuclear reactors, models for collisions that form our moon. Hundreds of thousands of models – each with independent groups and individuals.

Maybe you could show the slow process of diffusion of knowledge when it goes through printed words – PDF is printed words. The equations are not equations but images on the screen. The data is not accessible and easily compared and used and verified. So human readers have to read from the page, compare to their human memories, or guess, and then try to recreate the tools, models data used by the authors. The cost is horrendous, compared to everyone all having access to the core data. Years spent in classrooms, memorizing words and diagrams could be done with shared models and data – globally accessible. Not hoarded for personal or organizational gain.

Thanks for the 3D images and visualizations. I memorized many of them for later use. But my own mental images will die with me, and I cannot easily share them with others. Many of yours have been done better elsewhere and quantitatively. But at least you put it into a framework with testable scenarios. But you did not share your tools, data, methods, and sources. And you have no easy way on Facebook to help the community of ten million who see this – to learn more, to work together to improve it, to test and bring new data and ideas. It is one way, and it ought to be globally collaborative – since our human species, and life itself, might depend on it.

Richard Collins, Director, The Internet Foundation

Richard K Collins

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Director, The Internet Foundation Studying formation and optimized collaboration of global communities. Applying the Internet to solve global problems and build sustainable communities. Internet policies, standards and best practices.

2 thoughts on “Comment on Kaoru GreenEmerald – The Whole History of the Earth and Life”

  1. Mr Colin’s I watched this documentary even though methods tools data sources etc were not shared it doesn’t prevent other human beings from educating their selves from this platform it will enable them to learn study and view the world from another perspective this film could be the change for mankind

    1. Bonnie, I completely agree with you. While I might have strong opinions on things, and I try to express them as clearly as I am able. In the end, we are all just trying to make sense of our world, our lives, events and maybe end up with some satisfaction. There are many things I have no experience with at all, so I come to them with no pre-conceptions, and I learn from them. For the things I think I know, or have spent time on, and ought to know – all I can do is try to add my small bit of understanding. I wish there was a way, with written words, to color the words with the same kind of emphasis we get when speaking face to face. Yes, it is possible to learn without references and background. Probably I was more tired than usual when writing — and wishing for the millionth time, that all the people using the Internet would take time to put the things they know with the things they write. I have seen some things on the Internet where tens of millions have seen it. And small errors or omissions get multiplied tens of millions of times. Suppose there were something critical missing, and it takes everyone who see an hour to look it up and figure out. And a billion people see it. That billion hours is wasted, where one person could in a minute or two add that missing piece. I see it very often as I review large groups. One person makes a mistake, and millions or billions of hours are wasted. There are ways to scan and look for that sort of thing. I do it almost every day, by hand and sometimes with computers. But I am just one person and the Internet and human organizations are too many to fix them all one by one.

      Thanks for your comment. I am very happy you took time to write. I am glad to see the world a little clearer from your eyes. I will try not to be so tired.


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