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SAPIENTI SAT

It is better to lose by associating with the wise than to gain by associating with the stupid, the saying goes. But how to judge one’s wisdom or stupidity when our personal feelings about the subject get in the way? Perhaps it is better not to solve this riddle ourselves, because we could perhaps come to the conclusion that stupidity is not a vice, and then the proverb would sound: it is better to gain by associating with a fool than to lose by associating with a wise one.

A PUZZLE TO BE SOLVED

Hundreds of articles have been written about global warming. No one denies its disastrous consequences for humanity. Scientists are working to solve the problem, politicians are debating, and global warming is approaching a critical point. Since the first industrial revolution, the average temperature on the Earth’s surface has risen by 1˚C. It is predicted to rise by 4 ˚C over the next 80 years, which means that unless we take drastic measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, we could face a global catastrophe. It is currently difficult to determine precisely what the impact of rising temperatures will be on ecosystems and human life, but melting glaciers and polar ice caps as well as expanding desert areas will cause the extinction of plants and animals. Extreme weather events will cause damage to the world economy on a scale never before recorded.

TO BE BORN WITH A SILVER SPOON IN MOUTH

In answer to the question of whether everyone can be healthy, beautiful and rich, I would say: they could – provided they were born with a silver spoon in their mouth!

However, I have no sympathy for the collective illusion, because what kind of life would it be if everyone suddenly wanted to get rich, to forget about their troubles and to live happily ever after?

APPETITE FOR COLONISATION OF SPACE

Before we can start colonising alien worlds that have not yet been discovered by humans, we need to believe scientists that they actually exist. Today we are almost convinced that the universe consists almost entirely of matter. However, the latest research by scientists on this issue shows that there is also antimatter, and if this is indeed the case, then antimatter seems to contradict everything we currently know about the universe. This issue does not allow quantum physicists to sleep well, because the field they are dealing with could make the themes known from science fiction novels and films a reality.