Young Environmentalists Drawn to Nuclear Fusion and Energy
Rezwan Razani - September 20, 2013
Ecologist Eric Berlow and physicist Sean Gourley apply algorithms to the entire archive of TEDxTalks and reveal an age bias regarding fusion.
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Thanks to @explorer for pointing this out: “Fascinating: A physicist and an ecologist who both study complex networks map out how ideas spread, using a pool of 24,000 TEDx talks from 147 countries around the world to find a mathematical structure – a meme-ome – underlying the ideas behind them to better understand how they relate to each other. “
The Fusion Age Bias
At 3:45 minutes, they zoom in on the environment cluster of ideas. And then they apply an age filter. Here is the result. As you can see, young people are clearly drawn to nuclear fusion ideas as well as energy.
Nuclear age bias, in fission, rather than fusion - is also discussed in the conversation between Robert Stone and Michael Moore. The conversation is about how many environmentalists are drawn to nuclear power, but professionally need to attack it. Robert theorizes that the donor base for most organizations is older white men who were growing up at a time when nuclear was equated with the cold war and doom. This bears exploring.
Clearly We Need More Info
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