A Kilo of Aussie Brains

This is one of my relatively rare political posts – stay and read!

The new PM, Kevin Rudd, has announced an ambitious project – to gather (at their own expense!) 1,000 Australian thinkers to tackle the long term strategies for the country.

Personally I find this a wonderful idea – having known politicians on and off I know that they simply cannot keep up with new developments and ideas if they are able to cling to their elected positions. By that I mean politicians by their nature are concerned with the now rather than what is coming up, especially ten or twenty years hence.

In response, the local tech community has created (likely more than one) website dedicated to exploring the ideas of the project itself and the topics to be discussed. Follow the blog quoted below to keep up with the talk, and to have your own say on who you think should be there to represent you.

Australia 2020 Summit » The Australian tech community discusses the Australia 2020 Summit

Our PM, Kevvie has decided that a kilo of humans shall be chosen from amongst the people to tackle the TEN BIG QUESTIONS. Apparently these cover such things as productivity, the digital economy, water, health, indigenous people and services and the arts.

2 Responses to A Kilo of Aussie Brains

  1. Chris Logan says:

    Interesting concept. So how are the ‘best & brightest’ chosen?
    Have they achieved the top of their class?

    Usually, to fulfil that category, a student must submit the most answers deemed correct to the questions posed.

    However, are not these questions constructed by a mindset?

    If one can memorise information provided by the tutors of this mindset and reason according to it, one is designated ‘bright’ or ‘clever’.

    So, can a problem be solved by using the same mindset as the one that caused it?

    Eg, Even though the stated objective was discovery, for centuries ‘learned men’ created a caveat on exploration. They taught the world was flat.
    When the status quo insisted on this ‘fact’, one was not deemed bright or clever for stating otherwise and it took courage to do so. The story of Galileo comes to mind.

    Why propogate a myth?
    Why are such fallacies so fervently defended?

    Could it be that the thought we are not as bright as we tell ourselves is liable to have the fools singing, ‘I told you so’?

    Could we tolerate the suggestion that Galileo might point us in the right direction?

    What would we discover if we invited 1,000 fools to submit their questions?

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