lunes, 19 de junio de 2017

Man can ‘create’ resources | MercatorNet | June 19, 2017 |

Man can ‘create’ resources

MercatorNet | June 19, 2017 |

Man can ‘create’ resources

How farmers turned manure into mattresses for cows.
Jon Dykstra | Jun 19 2017 | comment 

Economist Julian Simon’s key insight is that man’s creativity – his brainpower – is a resource that creates other resources. So while some view a rising population as a threat to limited resources (“We’re going to run out of oil!”) Simon viewed a growing population as a growing resource base. Our brains, when properly applied, could turn nothing (or next to it) into quite something.
For example, when copper – a key element in our phone lines – started getting very expensive, this motivated some smart chaps to develop a much cheaper alternative: sand! That’s what our telephone lines are today: sand (silicon) + human creativity = fiber optic cables
Making sand into something is amazing enough, but a much more impressive example of “resource creation” is the way some farmers have turned poop into bedding (or if you prefer alliteration, manure into mattresses). It is quite a story!
Rising prices prompt creative thinking
Down where I live, in the Northern Washington/Southern British Columbia area, some dairy farmers used to use sawdust as a cheap bedding material for their cows. The cows could sleep in it, poop on it, and the farmer could then come along, clean it out, and put a new layer down. Sawdust clumped together, making it easy to scoop away, but perhaps its most attractive quality was its cheapness.
Sawdust used to be viewed as a waste product from the lumber industry – they couldn’t give it away and would even bury it. But then creative farmers created a market for this castoff. Or to put it in more mathematical terms: sawdust +human creativity = cow bedding
Some time later, other creative folks started to see more ways that sawdust could be used, including as fuel. Because it originated as a lumber waste product it was cheaper than many other fuel options. So some greenhouses owners figured out a way to use it to heat their buildings, and started to outbid the farmers. This result was that this waste product – nothing more than garbage before human brainpower got involved – had so increased in value that farmers could no longer afford it. They needed to find a cheaper option for their bedding.
And then it happened.
Some ingenious dairy farmer, probably sitting out on his tractor staring out across his manure lagoon, started thinking about the possibilities in all this poop. The result was a separation system that used the undigested fibers found in cow manure. This is fed into a rotating drying drum, where high heat kills the germs, and the output is fibrous bedding material for the farmer’s cows. Poop + human creativity = cow bedding
Manure has been turned into mattresses!
Producers of plenty
Julian Simon was an atheist, so he didn’t understand why we have this capacity – why we have a mysterious, awesome ability to use our brains to create something out of nothing. But Simon did recognize man was more than his mouth; he understood that human beings are not best understood as consumers of scarce resources; rather, we have an ability (and Christians would add, a calling) to be producers of plenty. So, in this limited way, Simon has a more accurate understanding of man than any of his critics.
Jon Dykstra is the Editor of Reformed Perspective, a Canadian magazine. This article is adapted from the original version published there.
- See more at:


June 19, 2017

I don’t have a disabled parking sticker, but I wish I did. Parking spaces reserved for the disabled are roomier and more convenient.
Now what if I decided that my true identity was "disabled" and starting using my own “disabled driver” notice? Genuine disabled drivers would be very annoyed to see me hogging their parking spots while they have to limp a mile to get to their destination.
An article in today’s reading by an unlikely team of radical feminists and a Christian pro-family group contends that transgender laws threaten to do much the same to women. What about scholarships reserved for women, for instance? A transgender woman (ie, a man) could claim it, displacing eligible women. It’s a fascinating argument. 

Michael Cook 

Prepare for new golden age of audio drama
By Richard Brooks
Big names are flocking to podcasting.
Read the full article
Man can ‘create’ resources
By Jon Dykstra
How farmers turned manure into mattresses for cows.
Read the full article
Transgender laws threaten to erase women
By Family Policy Allianceand Women's Liberation Front
If a man can assert that he is a woman, then women lose their hard-won privileges
Read the full article
Super special fathers of specially needy children
By Mary Cooney
On Father's Day, let's honour the dads of special needs children.
Read the full article
The economic-demographic tightrope in Asia
By Marcus Roberts
The IMF is concerned about medium-term growth in the region.
Read the full article
When will shocking violence be the tipping point?
By Sheila Liaugminas
Congressmen play baseball when a gunman shows up.
Read the full article
Is being a Christian a sackable offence in UK politics now?
By Michael Kirke
The leader of the Liberal Democrats has resigned over his beliefs on same-sex marriage
Read the full article
SPLC: A ‘poverty’ project whose aim is to destroy Christian pro-family groups
By Austin Ruse
The Granny Warriors are a dangerous hate group. Just ask the crack investigators at the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Read the full article
Hey, Millennials! This is the sequence of success: education, job, marriage, children
By Carolyn Moynihan
Keep these milestones in order for the best chance of financial wellbeing.
Read the full article
‘Beren and Lúthien’: The surprising origins of a Tolkien legend
By Harley J. Sims
A new book that may be the final work of JRR’s literary afterlife.
Read the full article
Evolution of the West: the complex relationship between Christianity and modernity
By Matthew J. Franck
Christianity's positive role in the formation of Western civilisation.
Read the full article

MERCATORNET | New Media Foundation 
Suite 12A, Level 2, 5 George Street, North Strathfied NSW 2137, Australia 

Designed by elleston

Man can ‘create’ resources

No hay comentarios: