DUAL POTENTIAL OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Most articles in this topic are addressing some adverse effects of some new technological expansion or scientific research. I also try to point out how to improve something going in the wrong direction. Road safety is a typical example. In the last decade or more the development of the Intelligent Vehicle and Highway System, IVHS, was heralded by professional journals for the prevention of highway accidents, death, and congestion, followed by broad media coverage. In my view, the systems under development in Canada and the USA, with huge expenditure of public money, were far from being 'intelligent.' Instead of preventing traffic accidents, damages to property, injuries, and death, the projects were reacting to these events too late. Intelligent systems should prevent accidents, but increase efficiency of traffic flow in terms of reduced gas consumption, reduced pollution, lost time waiting on congested highways, other cost reducing factors, and driver frustration. My efforts to publish critical articles including positive suggestions for genuine improvement failed. Even my own professional association, the Institute of Traffic Engineering, ITE, of which I was a member for seventeen years, rejected my submission. I think corporate interest prevented publishing my dozen or more articles pointing out the wrong approach of IVHS.
The development of the Superconducting Super Collider is another example of misplaced public expenditure. This project was stopped by the United States Congress. I am not criticizing the new scientific insight that nuclear scientists would have gained by using the Super Collider. I was and I am still convinced that the practical benefits spending such huge amounts for improving the human condition on earth would have been far more beneficial. Besides, another high energy collider was already being built by the European consortium, CERN, in Switzerland from which all countries will benefit when completed likely in 2007. My article, Physics is Alive and Well, was written about the needless decrying the loss of the Super Collider as being a death blow to physics.
On Heat shows the many interpretations of this ethereal substance in form of radiation into space. Just because something had been explored experimentally and theoretically in multiple ways its factual nature, empirical essence, is not agreed upon. Conditional logic in the Philosophy part of this web site shows that human knowledge is not absolute and needs constant revision and modifications. Even then, as in the case of heat, no agreement is found as yet, what the physical nature of heat is. It is my conjecture that once the form of heat is found in terms of matter, perhaps as primordial particle configuration, it will be a significant progress in our understanding the final indivisible form of matter.
Do-It-Yourself Publishing is intended for authors, who cannot find a regular publisher. There are many individuals with creative ideas on a divers field of human endeavors. The large publishing house have thousands of submissions a year, and unknown writers have a very small chance to be published. This little booklet can be helpful. I had been self-publishing many of my writings because I got tired of rejections. For example, the University of Toronto Press, after two years of correspondences with its Editor-In-Chief, accepted Common Sense Ideas for publication. I was invited to sign a contract in their office, but he told me the 'board' rejected the book's publication.
The literature I used may be of some use for others looking for sources in their work. Timelessness is a short science fiction, I wrote as part of a writer's group exercise. It is also an example how sci-fi could have socially progressively content.