“La Sultane” by Bakst; taken from the Wikipedia site on the story of Scheherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scheherazade_(Rimsky-Korsakov)

We are now past the first decade of the 21st century – a century that is likely to be defined by the relationship between unprecedented levels of human population and unprecedented limitations on resources; in particular it also appears that our successes and failures will be determined by our ability to contain certain damaging or problematic exponentials and to launch certain positive ones.  That is the fundamental framework within which all of our lives are being lived and will be lived and our answers to the questions provided by that era will be formulated in our actions (the ‘vita activa’) and how they are related to our reflections (the ‘vita contemplativa’).  At this juncture, or hypertextual junction, therefore, I would like to play a sort of Scheherazade role and throw 1,001 questions into the cyber-ether.

In 1995 when I applied to study history at Oxford University I sat the Oxford entrance exam which was absolutely beautiful.  It was the most general, open, wide-ranging exam I ever sat in my life.  It asked huge philosophical questions about history and historical change over centuries and allowed the person sitting the exam the space to write whatever narrative they wished to without being boxed into a narrow field of discourse or a dreary and Gradgrindian box-ticking exercise.  It had oxygen.  It actually permitted and even encouraged thought, rather than the absence of it.

Following the paragon of that exam, I suggest that the following questions may help to accelerate discourse on a) where we have been in recent decades and b) where we are going if we maximise our collective and individual intelligences.   The faster the velocity of that discourse, and the deeper the reading and comprehension behind that discourse, the wiser our actions will be.

Question 0.5) “Cogitosum”.  Is the whole point of life balance and the ‘via media’ or ‘golden mean’ between opposites, and, in particular, a balance within the self between mind and body and between left and right brain hemispheres?  And when you go to a restaurant, do you like your food a la Descartes?

A graph of estimated species extinctions (please click on the graph to see a bigger version); from http://willowhousechronicles.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/chart.gif

1) What is the greatest emergency facing us at the beginning of the 21st century and how should we negotiate it?

2) Is an opening question with the word ’emergency’ too negative and should we use the word ‘opportunity’ instead?  In particular, what opportunities are provided by the exponential rise in webpages?  And in the ramifications of Moore’s Law?  And in the intellectual and cognitive exchanges of the Post-Gutenberg Galaxy and the ‘Fourth Revolution’ in consciousness and knowledge production and dissemination?  What are the ramifications and effects of an entity such as Wikipedia or the Khan Academy or the rise of MOOCs or TED alone on human culture and ideas?  What are the potential benefits that could accrue from hyperliteracy?

2 and a half) Who are, or will be, the James Watt or the Thomas Newcomen or the Richard Arkwright or the Jethro Tull or the Isambard Kingdom Brunel etc of the Post-Industrial, Renewable Revolution?  How do we help them to manifest their genius?

2 and three quarters) Isn’t the most obvious solution to unemployment to let social entrepreneurs into empty offices and shops and then let them get on with their work?  Why is there anxiety about employment when we live in a time where anyone can set up a Twitter profile for free and follow recruitment agencies and jobsites and then have a continuous stream of potential jobs to apply to?

3) How should we best adapt to peak oil, peak gas, peak coal, peak uranium, peak topsoil, peak all sorts of other things and what Richard Heinberg calls ‘peak everything’?

4) Do we have world government?  Should we have world government?  Or no government at all?  Or should we put an emperor penguin in charge?

5) What is the best scale on which to make changes: local, national, international?

6) Is an era of ‘elastic’ currency finished?  How will the technology of money have changed by, say, 1st January 2100?

A graph showing human population expansion historically: http://www.paulchefurka.ca/Population.html

7) Is international trade fair and if not, how can it be made more fair?  Or less arms fair?

8) Should debt be cancelled and if so, how?  Isn’t a modern Solon who cancels debts going to be a very popular politician indeed?

9) What replaces economic growth?  Or will we engineer a beanstalk economy to the skies?

10) Is politics the process of positive liberty or negative liberty?

11) Has evil been flourishing because good men and women have been doing nothing?

12) Which is the best motivator: punishment or reward?

13) How well are our reward structures working today?

14) What replaces financial services as the heart of our economic systems?  Something different, or better financial services?

15) Is the novel dead or does it provide the deeper understanding of our humanity that we so desperately need?  Rather than dead, could we posit that the novel was the product of the Third Revolution (the Gutenberg moveable type printing revolution) and that, in our period, is therefore the father or mother or grandfather or grandmother of new forms, the way that the novel itself was born out of older forms such as the romancce?

16) Are we confused about the difference between fiction and non-fiction?  Does Whorf’s hypothesis mean that there is no difference?

17) Historically, is the internet as significant as the printing press?  Or more so?

Rises in US debts over time: from Steve Keen’s website at http://www.debtdeflation.com/blogs/2008/11/29/can-the-usa-debt-spend-its-way-out/

18) How long will the Anthropocene last?

19) Was the Holocene a hollow scene?

20) Who is in charge today: man or machine?

21) Are computers our tools or are we the tools of computers?  If a computer suggests you might like to listen to an album by Tool, and you accept, is that a 50-50 Nash equilibrium between you and the computer?

22) Is the greatest tragedy of mankind the inability to understand the exponential function?  Or to misunderstand how to be happy with what we are rather than what we don’t have?

23) What are the most effective solutions to biodiversity loss and ecosystem destruction?

24) Is a trade cycle of boom and bust inevitable?  If so, should we try to limit its fluctuations and if so – how?  Should we replace a trade cycle with a tricycle?

25) Land, labour, capital, entrepreneurship: are these the only factors of production and are they inevitably in conflict?

26) “Class conflict is not the central story of human history”.  Discuss.  (Impossible to get full marx on this answer).

27) Do we live in a classless society or do we live in the most stratified societies that have ever existed?

28) Is the binary of civilisation and barbarism a false one?

29) What are the fundamental requirements of civilisation and how far do our societies manifest them?

One graph of global oil production with various apparent peaks in different countries: from Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Hubbert_world_2004.png

30) Is our economic system based upon gambling and if so is that healthy and should it be changed?

31) Do we have the rule of law?  Or the lure of roar?

32) Do we have dual legal systems for rich and poor?  If so, how can this be peacefully changed?

33) Are revolutions correlated to basic prices of food and energy or is this too materialist?

34) Do abstractions exist?  Are abstractions the only things that exist?

35) Is our economic system founded on use value or exchange value?

36) What is the point of poetry?  Does it help us access another world or does it tell us something fundamental about this one?

37) Does language operate on a precise correspondence between signifier and signified?

38) Do we live in plutocracies and if so, are we too frightened or too polite to point it out?  Should we reclassify a plutocracy as a dwarf planet?

39) What is democracy and how can it be safeguarded? Does the Fourth Revolution period mean that representative democracy can be replaced by direct democracy or do we still need Burkean delegates?

40) Do we have proper checks and balances and separation of powers between executives, legislatures, judiciaries, and the fourth estate of the media?

41) Are nature and civilisation mutually exclusive or are they necessarily interdependent?

42) Should there be a formal separation between politics and religion?

43) What are the natural limitations that we have to work within and have we been transgressing those limitations?

44) Should there be a fundamental distinction between investment and utility banking and if so, what is the best way to enact it?

45) Is capitalism over?  Or is it re-inventing itself again?

46) Do we live in a world of monopoly, oligopoly or perfect competition?

47) Is technological progress finished?  Or are we just revving up a gear?

48) Is progress finished?  Is progress the very meaning of history itself?

49) Is an ecotopia a possibly?  Why aren’t all tower blocks in cities vertical farms by now?

50) Is every utopia a dystopia?  Is that More’s Law?

51) Is a written constitution an inevitable failure or an absolute necessity for a coherent state?

52) Is the nation state finished?  Or barely beginning?

53) Is the transnational corporation finished?  Or barely beginning?

54) Is tribal consciousness an inevitability or is it a sign of a less evolved consciousness than global consciousness?

55) Does the greatest freedom lie within the greatest structure?

56) Is eternal vigilance the price of liberty?

57) Are we born as a ‘tabula rasa’ as John Locke saw it?  Has our understanding of the human genome permanently disproved that idea?  Or are ideas of nature and nurture in different categories?

58) Does fate exist?  If so, are we fated to ask whether fate exists?

59) Are we doomed to repeat the mistakes of history or can we learn from them?

60) What are the most important historical lessons for our current period of transition and change?

61) Is globalisation a matter of history?

62) Has our recent market system been as unfree as sovietism?

63) Has history ended?  Or is it just starting?

64) What is the future of the space age?

65) What is the Achilees heel of humanity?

66) Are science and religion mutually exclusive or compatible?

67) Are we living in a time of hubris?  Or are we living in a time where we are not ambitious enough?

68) Is disenchantment the inevitable consequence of secularisation?  What are the uses of disenchantment?

69) To what extent do we make rational decisions in life and to what extent are our decisions determined by emotion?  Are the two mutually exclusive?

70) Out of what is being done in the world today, what will be regarded as brilliant or outstanding or exceptional in one hundred years?

71) Why are we so drawn towards apocalyptic thinking?  Does it actually frighten us to think that we might just be part of a long, long process rather than the people who exist right at the end of it?  If so, why not just get on and enjoy our lives at the moment and pass something on to future generations that is more worthwhile than generalised and amorphous fear?

72) Why do we fear death?

73) Should we reconfigure the world currency system using a new Gold Standard or Bimetallic Standard or something similar?  If so, should the Wizard of Oz be in charge of it?

74) If your house has a debt ceiling in it, is it time to call in the re-decorators?

75) Do we live in a Humpty Dumpty world where words are used to mean whatever we want them to mean?

76) Is the book finished now that we live in the electronic age?  Is celluloid finished now we have digital film?  And vinyl in the era of the mp3?  Or will these things co-exist?

77) What follows the microchip?  And why aren’t there semiconductors on buses anymore?

78) Why do so few of us know how to grow our own food and how can that trend be reversed?

79) Is organised religion an oxymoron?

80) Is there such a thing as the individual?

81) Is there such a thing as society?

82) Are the individual and society in inevitable conflict?

83) What are the outstanding examples in the contemporary world of conflict resolution?

84) Why is control over one’s life so important in human happiness and to what extent do people today have control over their lives?

85)  Is the media too controlled by top-down corporations and conglomerates?

86) How well are our institutions adapting to the changes of the 21st century?  Are they too stuck in the 20th century?

87) Does leadership matter?  If so, what examples are there historically of successful leaders?

88) Is the 21st century the Deindustrial Revolution?

89) How far do we properly understand the causes of deflation, inflation, stagflation and hyperinflation?

90) Are unemployment and inflation inversely correlated?

91) Is full employment possible?

92) Are terms such as ‘Enlightenment’ and ‘Reformation’ useful or artificial?

93) Are we in a New Enlightenment?  If so, should the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment be played in lifts and shopping centres?

94) Are we entering a new Dark Age?  Or an age of lightbulb jokes?

95) What should children be taught today in order to prepare them for the future?  Or is education, as Socrates says, encouraging people to remember what they already know?

96) What should 21st century music, art and drama look and feel like?

97) Are base and superstructure useful concepts?  If so, which one leads the other?

98) What are the high points in the history of ideas?  What are the best ideas in today’s world?

99) Is music liquid architecture?  If Goethe were alive today, would his website be called “Goto Goethe”?

100) How far do our systems reflect the natural world and natural processes?

101) Are we living in 1984?  Or…well?

102) Is a process of psychotherapy for a society or nation possible and if so, is it to be based primarily on a talking cure?

103) How do we ensure that our conversations and dialogues are open and free?

104) Are there limits to free speech?  Particularly when you get paid for it?

105) Are human beings born with inalienable rights or do we have to earn them?  Are other animals born with inalienable rights?  Or if original sin is right, are we born with inalienable wrongs?

106) What is the solution to moral hazard?  Does it involve the Dukes of Hazzard?

107) Do we live in times of lemon socialism and if so, does tea taste better with milk or lemon?

108) Is our agriculture monocultural?

109) Is our culture monocultural?

110) Are we educating and raising people to be one-dimensional beings?

111) Are taxes too high and if so, is it inevitable?

112) Are taxes on the super-rich too low?  Is there enough taxonomy of who they are?

113) Are tax havens incompatible with democracy?

114) Are human beings animals or do we transcend the animal?

115) Can we understand or attain the divine or is it beyond us?  Without a sense of the divine, can we ever do anything of any value?

116) How is peace made?  If we have invented a teasmade, why haven’t we invented a peacemade?

117) Which is better: conversation or silence?  Or silence in the middle of conversation and conversation in the middle of silence?

118) Should we have some form of basic income system?

119) How well do systems such as stock markets embody underlying fundamentals?  What changes need to be made to them to make them reflect fundamentals better?

120) Is the abolition of private property the answer to the problems of the 21st century or is defence of property rights the answer?

121) Is creativity the process of carving the block or uncarving it?

122) How can the traditions of West and East best be synthesised?

123) What is the solution to the imbalance between the Global North and Global South?

124) How should institutions such as the World Bank, World Trade Organisation, International Monetary Fund and so on be reformed?

125) “One’s personal family is more of a motivation than the human family.”  Is this true?

126) Are we species-centric in our thinking?  Should we be?

127) What is the public sphere today and how well does it function as a place of the generation of ideas?  Is it actually spherical?  What is its weight and Habermass?

128) Is the blogosphere a part of the fourth estate or should it be considered as a fifth estate?  Is there a sixth sense estate?

129) Is there a difference between the price and value of everything?

130) How well does the price discovery mechanism operate today?

131) Is love all you need?  What about vitamins?

132) What 21st century updates do we need to make to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs?

133) Is music mathematics or is metaphor confusion?  Is there a shop called Anthony Storr?

134) What is success in the 21st century?

135) Is it human to err?  Or is it human to say “….er”?

136) Do we learn from mistakes or from successes?

137) Should organisations be hierarchical?

138) Does horizontality work better than verticality in organisational structure?

139) How do we best protect fresh water supplies in the 21st century?

140) Should we replace fossil fuels with Nicole Foss fuels?

141) Is fossil fuel depletion proof of evolution?

142) How many Voltaires does it take to change a lightbulb?

143) Does our culture advance in paradigm shifts, eureka moments, minsky moments, shazaam moments, and lightbulb moments?

144) Is change incremental?

145) Is groupthink our greatest enemy?

146) Do human beings ever have other human beings as enemies or is it false consciousness?

147) Is consciousness what distinguishes humanity from the rest of nature or is all nature a process of consciousness?

148) Should all drugs be legalised or should pharmaceutical drugs be prohibited?

149) Why should the state ever tell anyone what to do?

150) Are our institutions too centralised?

151) How do we best protect our wealth?

152) Is our health our real wealth?

153) Is there any distinction between ecology and economy?

154) Is philosophy a series of footnotes to Plato and Aristotle and if so is there any point asking any other philosophical questions apart from “is philosophy a series of footnotes to Plato and Aristotle?”

155) Should there be mandatory curricula in education or should teachers be given the liberty to decide what is taught?

156) Do we have the right supporting mechanisms for invention and entrepreneurship?

157) How does business need to be re-thought in the 21st century?

158) “Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose”.  Is the 21st century just like every other century of human history?

159) Are we living through the greatest transition in human history?

160) Should we limit human population?  If so, how?

161) Does the internet provide information overload?  If so, how we do we pick through it?

162) Are some people guides and gurus in these times and if so, who is worth listening to?

163) “Those who talk don’t know and those who know don’t talk.”  Is this true?

164) Will decentralised currencies become the currencies of the 21st century?  Should Central Banks make crowdsourced decisions?

165) How do we ensure long-term decision-making rather than short-termism?

166) Should we have an artificially created lingua franca such as esperanto for international affairs?

167) What is the art of diplomacy and how well is it working in the 21st century?

168) “Make trade not war.”  Do you agree?

169) Should all armies be abolished?

170) How do we turn swords into ploughshares?

171) Is idealistic thinking too idealistic or is it true realism?

172) Was oil the equivalent of a 21st century addiction?

173) Is the history of humanity the history of the suppression of the feminine by the masculine?

174) Are we human beings equal?  If so, is there a difference between equality of value, equality of opportunity, and equality of ability?

175) Should we have prizes or are they all artificial?

176) How can economic bubbles be prevented from happening?  Can we make them squeak?

177) Was the beginning of history matriarchal and are we now entering a new matriarchal phase?

178) How well does our culture assess and act upon risk and how can we improve?

179) Why do we ever believe we can know anything with anything more than 99.9% accuracy?

180) Is humankind omniscient?  Or an omnishambles?

181) What is the relationship between 21st century epistemology and ontology?

182) Will the 21st century witness de-urbanisation?

183) Can we re-engineer our cities for the 21st century era using, for instance, hanging market gardens?

184) Is suburbia over or can it be redesigned?

185) What are the black swans that we are currently failing to predict?

186) Should financial speculation be limited and if so, how?

187) Which is more powerful: power or authority?

188) Do all human languages have some form of inner coherence in terms of structure?

189) Are we hard-wired to behave or think in certain ways?

190) How do we take advantage of change rather than fearing it?

191) Is everything in constant flux or are certain things fixed?  Or is everything in solar flux?

192) How can we make our thought dynamic rather than static?

193) Can we generate theories of everything or is it a folly to try?  Would it be even more of a folly to sit in a folly such as the Beacon at Staunton Country Park and try to generate one?

194) Is beauty the common denominator in everything from artistic creation to scientific exploration?  Is beauty truth?  Or is beauty ruth?  Or is beauty “Ruth” by Gaskell?

195) Is the structure of the universe a quarternity?

196) Should we have exams in universities or remove them entirely?

197) Should we use the techniques of 20th century advertising to encourage people to consume less rather than more?

198) Is there an unconscious or subconscious mind and does that provide our real motivations in life?

199) Are our various addictions ways of avoiding the void?

200) Is there a teleological end goal to an individual human life or to the collective life of humanity?

201) Are we entering a phase of neo-feudalism or leaving one behind?

202) Which is worse: market failure or government failure?  Or do the two dance together?

203) Do telepathy and extra-sensory perception exist?

204) Does science falsify or verify hypotheses?

205) Are the zero-sum ideas of winning and losing the worst ideas in human history?

206) Will the 21st century witness domination by certain superpowers or empires or is the age of empire over?

207) Does increasingly unstable weather and climate spell the end for insurance or does it mark a new era in finance?

208) Does the soul exist and if so, are the real needs of humans precisely the same in the 21st century as they have always been?

209) How do we find peace, tranquility and calmness in such a complex world?

210) What makes you hopeful?

211) How should we balance optimism with awareness of difficult realities?

212) What patterns of thought are the 21st century equivalents of flat earth thinking and how can they be effectively countered?

213) Did trickle-down economics ever exist?

214) Should the United Nations have a Security Council?  Or a Style Council?

215) How do we transform a credit-based economy to one based on sound fundamentals such as savings and investment?

216) What are our equivalents to the ‘moai’ of Easter Island?

217) Is a public economic system analogous to, or the opposite of, a domestic or household economy?

218) Does everyone now have to be an environmentalist?

219) How will the world look and feel different in 2050?

220) Are social networking sites a brief interlude in human history or a profound mechanism of interconnection with implicit longevity?

221) How are gender relations different in the 21st century from previous eras?

222) Is the primary solution to our problems to make our systems and structures smaller in scale?  Is the 21st century the century of the nano?

223) From the perspective of somebody looking back at our times in 2100, what will most surprise them about the way in which we think today?

224) Is robotisation the way forward or a dead-end?

225) Given the current world population levels, is the absence rather than the prevalence of aggression and violence the more remarkable phenomenon?

226) Can we marshall bandwagon effects and herd psychology to achieve useful things rather than for destructive ends?

227) What are we getting morally and ethically right and wrong today?

228) In what areas are we being promethean or playing god and should we stop?

229) Currently, given the world population levels and resource levels, what is a fair amount of resources per person?  To what level of detail can the answer to that question be quantified?

230) What is the value of contemporary government bonds?

231) How should the decisions of rating agencies be reformed and improved?

232) Is it possible to measure happiness?

233) What are the limits of quantification?

234) How well do our societies manage to draw a distinction between the public and the private?

235) What replaces antiquated measurements such as GDP and GNP?

236) Practically and pragmatically, how can small business and enterprises be nurtured and protected?

237) Why do so many people see the economic and political concept of protectionism as a negative?

238) Was free trade ever free?

239) Does the hereditary principle have a role in the 21st century or is it an intellectual dinosaur?

240) Has neoliberalism been in any sense liberal?

241) Does slavery exist today and if so in what forms?  How is it being abolished?

242) Is nuclear power too dangerous to be used in the future or is it our only chance given the mathematics of the situation?  And which genius is going to invent a way of neutralising nuclear waste?

243) Is less more?

244) Is consumerism consumerwasm?

245) Is usury using people?

246) Is a society structured on a pyramid of wealth and power a ‘de facto’ pyramid scheme and is its collapse inevitable?

247) Why do so many financial crimes go unpunished?

248) Do we need a police force?  Are all citizens policemen and policewomen?

249) Is species suicide our greatest fear and is it a form of anomie writ large?

250) How important is veganism as a solution to resource pressures in the 21st century?

251) Should we look in the rear-view mirror or straight ahead as we arrive at a new road?

252) How do we limit corruption?

253) Should we repeal 99% of our laws?

254) What new laws do we need?

255) Are our laws written in clear language that can be easily understood by citizens?

256) Do rights come with responsibilites and if so, what are they?

257) What is absurd about our times?

258) Whose past visions or projections of the times we are currently living in have proved most accurate?

259) Should houses ever be seen as investments rather than just houses?

260) Should we have national and international lotteries or do they encourage the psychology of gambling?

261) Should we immediately turn all lawns into vegetable patches?

262) Should there be any development on green belt land?

263) Following the Iroquois seven generation law, what should we do next?

264) What stories will our great-grandchildren tell about us?

265) How has the digital world changed our consciousness and behaviour from its analogue forerunner?

266) Do violent games and films increase or decrease the propensity towards violence in real life?  Or does it depend entirely on context and other factors?

267) Is there any point in a treaty banning war?  Instead of that, how about Carl Sandburg’s idea that one day when a war is called, nobody turns up?

268) Should journalists ever use normative or subjective judgments such as “the economy is getting worse” rather than just stating facts and asking questions?

269) Is journalism the process of challenging power rather than acquiescing to it and if so, how well is it functioning in today’s world?  Does too much journalism comfort the comfortable and afflict the afflicted?

270) Is autarky something that countries should aim towards?  Is isocracy only for isoceles triangles?

271) Do focus groups tell us anything other than the framework of thought within which their questions are configured?

272) Does our culture lack perspective?  Does it turn grains of sand into mountains and mountains into grains of sand?

273) If the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, does our thinking involve the loss of the wood for the trees?

274) Are there different kinds of minds – big picture minds and detail minds, for instance – and if so how can people learn to work together harmoniously given their different mental approaches to the world?

275) Do we have a responsibility to steward the earth?  If so, can that be represented in law?

276) Do we need any other laws apart from natural law?

277) Should environmental costs be built into prices and if so, how?

278) Is internal conflict the source of creativity or is it internal harmony?

279) Should depression and other forms of mental ill-health be seen as important signals about patterns of behaviour and thought that need to be changed?

280) Is the traditional lifelong career now finished?

281) Is work obsolete?  Or is it where, as Frankl might say, we find our meaning?

282) Have we reached the stage of ‘homo ludens’ rather than ‘homo faber’?

283) Is our future a life of portfolio working rather than one type of work?

284) What skills do we need to learn for the future?  Do we need to be more practical?

285) Why is the tipping-point such a major idea in our world today?

286) Is genetic modification of food the way forward or a dead-end?

287) Will there be another Green Revolution?  Is it based on permaculture and is it based in biomes and geodesic domes?

288) Was Malthus right?  Or left?

289) Should we ever teach any mathematics that is divorced from practical applications?

290) Are our welfare state systems one of our greatest inheritances or are they traps?

291) How should the welfare state be reformed?

292) Is everything mind and if so, what matters?

293) Why has gold had such a central place in humanity’s consciousness, culture and decision-making?

294) Is the age of celebrity finished?  Or moving with ever greater celerity?

295) Is there a distinction between fame for its own sake and fame based on genuine achievement and if so, how do we encourage the latter and limit the former?

296) Must one imagine Sisyphus happy?

297) Have we lost connection to the grand narrative and if so, is this a good thing, a bad thing, or neither one nor the other?

298) Is postmodernism over?

299) Is a lack of ideology an ideology in itself?

300) Which country in the world is the most mentally healthy?

301) Which country in the world is the most prosperous in the sense of looking after its natural resources most intelligently and effectively?

302) Has economics now been replaced by ecolonomics?

303) Can transnational entities such as the European Union or NAFTA ever work or are they simply too big?

304) What creates loyalty to an institution?

305) Can anyone ever rule in the long-term by fear alone?

306) Is there such a thing as a social contract and if so, should it be directly formulated or should it be unsaid and implicit?

307) How much common sense is there in the 21st century?

308) Do we live by magical thinking and superstition?

309) What is the answer to material inequality?

310) Does technology provide us with simulacra of reality and alienate us from reality itself?

311) How do we transmute tragedy into comedy?

312) Is small beautiful or is it just a relative concept?

313) Is everything relative and if so, what is relativity relative to?

314) Is perspectivism a form of liberalism that is out of control?

315) Has research into DNA answered the nature and nurture debate once and for all?

316) Does the brain have specific areas of activity or is it a gestalt where each part is part of an interconnected and more complex whole?

317) Has the rise of neuroscience made our analysis too dominated by the brain?  Or do we not discuss it enough?

318) Is a parliament the brain of the body politic?  What about the body electric?

319) Is there a great chain of being?  Or in Daisyworld, a great daisy chain of being?

320) Is some form of perpetual motion possible or is it one of the greatest phantasms of human history?

321) Will the future see flying cars or no cars at all?

322) Is it possible to plan ahead more than the single lifespan of a human being?  Can we plan centuries ahead and if so, how?

323) Is the entire world composed of vibrations and if so, how do we make good ones?

324) Does transhumanism go beyond the bounds of what is natural, possible and desirable?

325) Have we lost the voices of people with wisdom from our culture?

326) Are we motivated by altruism or self-interest?

327) Do we have enough of a spirit of self-sacrifice?

328) Is some form of rationing desirable or, alternatively, inevitable?

329) What is the role of aesthetics in our lives – or should we always avoid judging a book by its cover?

330) Is language pictorial?

331) Is synaesthesia a disorder or a gift?

332) Have we become alienated from our own natural sensations and is this the result of technology?

333) Is arrogance insecurity?

334) Are our languages polluted with jargon and if so, how can we make our language more clear?

335) What past fears have proved unfounded and what present fears will prove unfounded?

336) What advances in medicine will we see in the future?

337) Are we too passive?  If so, how do we become more active?

338) Is outsourcing of production a tragedy or a step forward?

339) What should we do with empty and abandoned buildings?

340) Should we have completely free global migration or are immigration controls necessary?

341) Are the settled and the nomadic always in conflict?

342) Have the religious wars of the first decade of this century been a relapse into medievalism and if so, why did that happen?

343) Is the notion that torture can ever be justified one of the worst ideas of the century so far?

344) Is all art political or is art in a separate space from the political?

345) Does adulthood have to include the loss of childhood innocence?  Or does adulthood required childhood inner sense?

346) What is the solution to cynicism?  Did Diogenes have dodgy knees?

347) Are we apathetic or disempowered?  Or empowered and peripatetic?

348) Is the era of the integrated company (from Standard Oil onwards) no longer in existence?

349) Are corporations people and are people corporations?  Or is a corporation a crop rotation?

350) Is psychopathy actively rewarded by our system and if so, why?

351) Are we too anxious?  Are we anxious about the right things?  Should we be anxious about anything?

352) Is barter the future?  Or banter?

353) Will travel be restricted in the forthcoming decades?  Or travail?

354) Are there any heroes anymore or is the concept of the heroic a dead one?

355) Is there a disorder industry?  Does it need disorders to proliferate in order to profit instead of helping them?

356) What is healing in the 21st century?  Should it be limited to health professionals or is it something that everybody can access?

357) Is shamanism a sham?  Or is lack of understanding of shamanism a shame?

358) Is there a distinction between criminality and insanity and does our legal and cultural system properly differentiate between the two?

359) Are we healthy in our sexuality or are we repressive of it?

360) What has the internet pornography explosion done to our sexuality and to our wider sense of reality?

361) Should we have or be?  Or can we do both?

362) Does our culture repress the spiritual?

363) Has the spiritual replaced the religious?

364) What are the fixed positions by which we navigate?

365) Is the solution to world problems the harmonisation of left and right brain hemispheres?

366) How can anyone under, say, 34 years old write an autobiography?

367) Are we too obsessed with youth and novelty and is that the result of the built-in obsolescence of consumerism?

368) If your product is strong, why advertise it?

369) In the binary age of computers, how can we think beyond the binary?

370) Does money motivate us or demotivate us?

371) Is there such a thing as normal profit?

372) Is it time to dismantle all central banks?

373) Should we nationalise or privatise?

374) Should there be security services?  Or are they irrelevant in the Age of Wikileaks?

375) Will climate change increase migration and if so, how de we prepare for that?

376) Is theory without practice meaningless?  Is practice without theory meaningless?

377) Should austerity begin with the pay of politicians?  Should wealthy politicians work for nothing?

378) Is the world random or is there an underlying pattern to it?

379) How do we make our sciences less dismal?

380) Does individual personality have any meaning at all in a world of seven billion people?

381) How do we keep sane in this world?

382) Should community be structured or left to develop itself organically?

383) Gemeinschaft or Ge-sell-schaft?  Or a synthesis of both?

384) How open our our systems?  How open do they need to be?

385) Economies of scale or diminishing returns?  Does a kettle factory have economies of limescale?

386) What is the skill of translation?

387) Do we respect our elders?  Do we respect our elderflowers?

388) Do our cultures have enough respect for others built into them?

389) Do we listen enough or do we talk too much?

390) Are we too collectivist or not collectivist enough?

391) Is there such a thing as individual genius and if so, does everybody have their own?  How do we let a genius out of the bottle?

392) Is perspective a lack of it?  And when you do a drawing, is it a jotting or a Giotto-ing?

393) Do we live in the society of the spectacle?  Does this affect our ability to understand reality?

393) What is virtue today?

394) Is the world an interconnected web?  If so, is it run by somebody called Charlotte?

395) What did Silicon Valley give the world?  If we face peak silicon, is it time for Silicon Peak?

396) What have been the most successful conservation projects in history?

397) Is there a past and a future or just the present moment?

398) How do we live in the present moment but plan for the long-term at the same time?

399) Does competitiveness or co-operation garner the best results?

400) Do you have a fundamental connection to the part of the world you were born in?

401) What should we put in time capsules to tell future generations about how we lived now?

402) What conclusions will archaeologists draw about us from the objects that they discover?

403) Do we lack discipline?

404) Does order exist in the middle of chaos?  Or chaos theory?

405) Can we think and act faster than the speed of light?

406) Is time travel possible and is it the way that all creativity operates?  Do writers travel back in time and whisper sweet nothings into each others’ ears that turn into poems?

407) Is asking questions about the possibility of phenomena such as time travel a waste of time?

408) Is time money?

409) How are public goods best provided?

410) Should there be any speculation on basic commodities?

411) Is there any use for financial derivatives?

412) Why do we cut so many forests down?

413) Do leaders lead or follow?  How do we remove them peacefully when they fall low?

414) Is there such a thing as public opinion?  Or a ‘res publica’ with, de facto, infinite opinions?

415) Is comedy tragedy?  Are they two sides of the same coin?  What would Aristotle say if he arrived in a timepod and heard me asking these questions?

416) Should we be emotionally detached when we make decisions or does that prevent us from making human decisions?

417) Do we think holistically and if not, what is the result of not doing so?

418) Why does building more roads lead to more traffic rather than less of it?

419) Is government simply Parkinson’s law?  And if so, is Michael Parkinson secretly in charge of it?

420) Is Murphy’s law the only law of human affairs?

421) Are there natural laws or is it impossible to formulate the workings of nature in laws?

422) Is nature God or part of God?

423) Is God dead, alive, or neither?

424) Are renewable energy sources the only answers or are they too expensive?

425) Must we make do with candles and caves?

426) Is our future a techno-Stone Age?

427) Is our culture myopic or visionary?

428) Should land be reformed and redistributed?

429) Is there one type of intelligence or many and how does intelligence manifest itself in the 21st century?

430) Will world population ever reach ten billion?

431) Is there a trade-off between human population and the population of other species?

432) What is the application of quantum physics to our wider understanding of reality and how does that affect everything from literature to finance?

433) Has the internet enriched or impoverished our lives?

434) Has the internet led to a rewiring of the brain?  Or of “Wired” magazine?

435) Why, as Max Keiser asks, are approximately one billion people starving and one billion obese?

436) Has there ever been a truly free market?

437) Is glocalisation the future?

438) Can we ever do anything sensible or meaningful without asking why we are here first?

439) How do you stop something that is rising exponentially?

440) How do you get something to rise exponentially?

441) Why do we import and export so much?  Or are our economies too closed to each other?

442) Do republics always turn into empires?

443) Do empires always turn into republics?

444) Is 2+2 really 22?

445) Do we improve or get worse as we get older?

446) Should we trust experts or trust those who are non-experts?

447) Is there enough trust in our world today and if not, how do we increase it?

448) Did we use oil wisely or did we waste it?  Can a boffin figure out how to turn olive oil into oil?

449) Is there ever any point asking counterfactual questions of the past?

450) How do we ensure that people with vision lead organisations?

451) Do elections work?  Which systems of election work better than others?  How can the technology of an election be improved?

452) Do we need political parties?  What do they represent and how should they be reformulated in the 21st century?

453) Are the emotions of the crowd useful or dangerous?  Is charisma useful or dangerous?

454) How can political extremes be avoided?

455) Do we have vocations or callings and if so how can we find out what they are?

456) Do we have proper systems of mentoring in our culture?

457) Are we teachers or learners?

458) Even if it’s a heller of a job, how do you get out of a Catch-22?

459) Are our conversations logical or illogical, rational or irrational?

460) Where did all the fish in the sea go?

461) Do quotas work?  Or are quotations better?

462) Is sovereignty a 21st century concept and if so what does it mean?

463) Are people born as gold, silver and bronze?

464) Should we encourage the differences in people’s abilities or try to teach them in homogenised ways?

465) Are specialisation and the division of labour useful or harmful?

466) What follows Fordism and Taylorism?

467) Will we see a return in the 21st century to the domestic economy as the basis of the wider economy?

468) Do phenomena operate through cause and effect or is causation artificially imposed theory?

469) Is there a role for the monastic life in the 21st century?

470) Is everything a dance?

471) Is innerspace the final frontier?

472) Is fiat currency something you use to buy an Italian car?

473) Do we teach children or do children teach us?

474) Do we need a stronger work ethic or do we need more time off?

475) Is intelligence getting the maximum from the minimum?

476) How do we design effectively for such high population densities?

477) Will all social networking sites have options to hover over a person’s icon and speak to them directly via webcam; and if so, when?

478) Do time and space exist and if not, why do we build them into our plans?

479) Should we make plans or should we be flexible by not making them?

480) Is there any possibility of forming a colony on the moon?  Would residents of it be called moonmins?

481) Can we know anything?

482) What are the biggest features of our contemporary world view that need to be questioned?

483) What is academia for?  Or is it all just academic?

484) Do too many people go to university today?  Or should everybody go?

485) Why are there no qualifications from the university of life?

486) What price freedom?

487) If you woke up tomorrow morning and found yourself transformed into a domestic animal, which one would it be and why?

488) If you woke up tomorrow morning and found yourself transformed into a wild animal, which one would it be and why?

489) Is monetary stability the basis of a society?

490) Does power corrupt and absolute power corrupt absolutely and if so how can it be limited and blocked?  What kind of Actons limit the excesses of political actions?

491) Top-down or bottom-up?

492) What is the role of humour and laughter in human life?

493) Is our culture too fast and if so how do we slow it down?

494) Can we ever make a good decision in the midst of panic?  Is panic a kind of pandemic?

495) Are places of superabundance utopian non-places?  Will they exist in 2050?

496) In 2050 will everybody make their own clothes?

497) Should we all live in treehouses?

498) Does an oil peak mean the end of the Plastic Scene?

499) Should any of us ever pretend we know what is going on or should we all admit that we don’t?

500) Is more less?

501) Is there enough for everyone’s need?

502) How do we allow craftsmanship to flourish?

503) How do you break bad news to somebody?  Does a spoonful of sugar help the medicine go down?

504) Is data ever neutral?  Are newts ever neutral?

505) Will the 21st century be the century of extremes?

506) Do we invest on the basis of animal spirits – and should we?

507) Which is more effective – monetary or fiscal policy?

508) Is debasement of the coinage an inevitable consequence of war?

509) Has human history been the inexorable march of ever greater rights and democracy?

510) Why do zombie banks and vulture funds exist and what is the solution to them?

511) Do we attempt to avoid what we fear more than to obtain what we desire?

512) What 21st century trends are now irreversible?

513) What 21st century trends are reversible?

514) What advantages do we have over people in previous centuries?

515) What wisdom do we need to remember from people in previous centuries?

516) What don’t we need?

517) Do our penal systems need to punish, rehabilitate or protect public safety?

518) Why are there so many Keynesian beauty contests around?

519) How do we move beyond status anxiety and conspicuous consumption?

520) By 2020, will there be a single politician in the world who argues in favour of economic growth?

521) Is ‘sustainable growth’ an oxymoron?

522) What inventions will help us to power down?

523) Does our culture make simple things complex and complex things simple?

524) Are people with intelligence and talent dropping out of the mainstream and if so how can that be changed?

525) Is the point to interpret the world or to change it?

526) How do we engineer virtuous spirals rather than vicious ones?

527) Are our debates pursued with enough respect and politeness and do we give each other the right amount of space to express ourselves?

528) Should we take power or give it away?

529) Is the percentage of rubbish that is recycled in our local areas high enough?

530) What is the purpose of imagining other worlds other than our own?

531) Can you ever solve a problem on the level on which it was created?

532) Is there such a thing as a single issue or are they all connected?

533) Is shareholder activism the most powerful form of activism in the world today?

534) What boundary lines do we need in our lives and how well are we able to enforce them?

535) Do actions speak louder than words?

536) Is it time for a new Bretton Woods?  And if so, should it be a giant forest planted on the Wangari Maathai method?

537) Is the era of econometrics no longer with us?

538) Are the underlying compositional principles involved in everything from baking a cake to writing a poem the same?

539) Do we need a kind of Manhattan Conference on future energy supplies?

540) Is secrecy a sign of something malevolent?

541) Does the observer effect make scientific knowledge only ever partial at best?

542) Are we here to constantly increase our empathy for others?

543) How can you best help others in your life?

544) Will cancer be cured in this century?

545) Why should any agriculture ever be anything apart from organic?

546) Is there any point having financial districts when somebody can trade on a park bench on a handheld device?

547) Is asymmetric information fair and if not how can it be guarded against?

548) Is the secret to our approach to the future to lower expectations so that we are not disappointed or is that too pessimistic?

549) Is greenwash part of a healthy change of direction or actively counter-productive?

550) Who watches the 21st century watchmen?

551) Are we contracting and converging?

552) What problems, as human beings, are we best at solving?

553) What is the carrying capacity of the earth and how do we work within that limitation?

554) Should we be the change we want to see in the world or is that a recipe for political quiescence?

555) Is flower arranging the strongest martial art?

556) What is the 21st century equivalent of the categorical imperative?

557) Have we only got fear itself to fear?  And if so, why are fearing it?

558) Is our greatest enemy our own internal shadow?

559) At a certain point in history the first graph appeared.  Will there be any future inventions in terms of the presentation of a large aggregate of different information that takes graphical representation to a new level?

560) Is it possible to simultaneously make money and protect the planet?

561) Is there any justification for censorship?

562) Do our societies infantilise us?

563) Why are children the recipients of marketing?

564) Does religion keep people in ignorance or is it a basic part of what it is to be human?

565) Is a writer ever writing as an individual or are they always writing the voices of others?

566) Do we write from a collective unconscious and if so how do we tap into it?

567) What follows the ‘Age of Stupid’?  What follows the age of ‘It’s the economy, stupid?”  And should we rename our postal services the Pete Postle-Wait?

568) Should bankers ever get bonuses?  Or only in the boardgame Monopoly?

569) Should payments in share options be prohibited?  Or should shares be shared out equally amongst the population?

570) Is the answer to all our problems the Japanese concept of ma or 間?

571) How can we think and articulate more clearly?

572) Should there be any taboos over what areas of discourse we can explore in conversation?

573) Should the mainstream media educate as well as entertain?

574) Are these the worst of times and the best of times?  Or, for horticulturalists (or haughty culturalists) the best of thymes and the worst of thymes?

575) Do we live in a global village or do we live in a global conurbation?  Or global megalopolis?

576) Should it be mandatory for citizens to contribute to the planting of forests in some way?

577) Should voting be compulsory?  Or should not voting be compulsory?

578) Should anyone be allowed not to be a citizen?  What does citizenry mean in the age of the netizen?

579) Are the fundamentals of stock markets the stocks of flora and fauna?

580) Are we transcendent, immanent, both or neither?

581) Is not joining in with conservation an active act of desecration?

582) How well is international legislation such as the UN Declaration on Human Rights applied in practice?

583) If prevention is better than cure, how do we prevent natural disasters?

584) How big is your carbon footprint and how big was it last year?

585) Do we go too quickly in things we do because we lose track of the natural rhythm of the breath and its relationship to the tides and so forth?

586) If man is the measure of all things, who measures man?

587) Is there such a thing as environmental psychotherapy?

588) What lessons do we have to learn about the future of earth from the pasts of other planets?

589) Is an artist ever ahead of their time or are they always of their time and living in a world of people living in the past?

590) Do we need to rediscover the wisdom of indigenous peoples in the 21st century or is that ‘noble savage’ thinking?

591) Is life nasty, brutish and short or is that far too negative?

592) How do we make sure that life doesn’t become the Hobbesian war of all against all, the ‘omnia contra omnes’?

593) Is a masterpiece a piece of work that is of its time and also universal?

594) Should our narratives be grand?  Or grand piano?

595) Are we heroes and heroines and if so – what does a 21st century hero or heroine do?

596) How sane is your society on a scale of 1 to 10?

597) Should we make food in pill form to save topsoil?

598) How many asteroids will we have mined by the year 2100?

599) Are we ever going to have space colonies or, if not, should we stop trying to have them immediately?  If we are, should we get as many hands to the pump as possible right now?

600) What is the sound of one hand getting clapped out?

601) Imagine a letter written by a human being on 1st January 2100 describing the world that they live in.  What does it say?

602) On 1st January 2100, will cyberspace be open source?

603) Should we get rid of the entire concept of copyright?

604)  If evolution hasn’t ended, what next for humanity?  Are we evolving all the time?  From what, to what?

605) Are geo-engineering and genetic modification promethean and hubristic or, instead, tools for our special human stewardship of Gaia?

606) What will an equivalent letter to 601) in, say, 10,000 AD say?

607) What are the limits and boundaries to human knowledge and achievement?  How can we go beyond them?

608) Which is more important – being successful and achieving things, or being kind?

609)  Is this the Age of Empathy?  Or, if we grow a lot of hemp, the Age of Hempathy?

610) Can life ever be artificial?  Is all life artificial?

611) Are we derived from animals through evolution or are we derived from some extraterrestrial source?  Or both?

612) Is meditation the best medication?

613) Despite the fact that its early stages were in the competition between the USA and the USSR, is the deeper meaning of the Space Age the fact that mankind as a whole must co-operate on a level that transcends earthly distinctions such as nationality or ethnicity?

614) Which has had the more profound effect on our consciousness – the whole earth picture taken from the moon or the picture of earth as a tiny dot taken from Voyager?

615) What is today’s equivalent of Copernicanism and how long will it take to catch on?

616) Who am I, and who are Thou?  How do we know ourthyselves?

617) Why isn’t, say, the Sahara Desert covered in solar panels?

618) If we make a colony on the moon or Mars, how do we ensure that there isn’t an unhealthy sense of inferiority or superiority between the people on Earth and the people in the colonies?  Should we avoid the word ‘colony’ because of its imperial baggage?  What other word would be better?

619) Do we think seven generations ahead?  Should we think 7 trillion generations ahead instead?

620) As well as qualifications and experience and so forth, should CVs and resumes have a whole range of data about a person and their personality, so for example what our Myers-Briggs test results are, our enneagram patterns, and our IQ results, and so on?

621) Since anyone with a connection can now teach themselves for free on the web, what is the purpose of a university?  Are university tutors now guides through the era of hyper-abundant information and is, therefore, their role more important than ever?

622) Is the present moment always a tabula rasa?

623) Which is more important – the invisible hand of the market or the invisible hand of the non-market?

624) What is the chief cause of the health of nations?  Is it the total number of morale sentiments?

625) Are we experiencing a technological singularity?  Does it help to drink a double espresso with it?

626) Do we talk too much about human population and not enough about, say, worldwide population of nematode roundworms?

627) Has a panda ever eaten a panada?

628)  Why are there predators, and why are there prey?

629) Einstein told us not to stop questioning.  Why not, Albert?

630) Should we all be Renaissance men and women now?

631) What percentage of our work should be in what Alvin Toffler called ‘electronic cottages’?

632) Should we teach children handwriting?

633) What proportion of the work of a classroom should be virtual?

634) How do we quantify internet influence in a way that balances quality and quantity, depth of influence and breadth of reach?

635) Will boredom be impossible in such interesting times?

636) Is the human mind now a hive mind?

637) How can a tragedy of the commons be turned into a triumph of the commons?

638) If we had a sky train going to Mars, would people travelling on complain if the only music ever played on it was “Mars Polaris” by Tangerine Dream?

639) Why is taxonomy more fun than paying taxes?

640) Why do we dream?  What is the structure of a dream?  Is it like the verse and chorus of a song where the verse are daily complexities and the chorus resolutions to those complexities?

641) Should only certain people be allowed to make trips to space, or should it be a free-for-all, with the proviso that you accept your own risks when you go up in your own personal spacecraft built in your shed?

642) Should we rename the internet the Nerve Net after Brian Eno’s album?

643) Does prayer or focused meditative thought chase reality?  Can we improve each others’ lives by wishing each other well?

644) Can we ever know anything with more than 99.9% certainty?

645) Do alphabetic systems and systems with pictograms lead to fundamentally different forms of consciousness and perception?

655) Is nuclear fusion the answer?  Or jazz fusion?

656) Fission…chips?

657) If over 90% of the niobium in the world is exported from Brazil, hadn’t everyone around the world put a bit of effort into learning some Portuguese?

658) Are languages a babel of confusion or a magical and wonderful panoply of rainbow profusion?

659) Why does anyone think that they are not multilingual when they already know a number of words in other languages that are shared in common between them?

660) Is the immersion technique the best way to learn a language?

661) Is light a wave, a particle, a warticle, or a pave?  And if the latter, are pavements made of light?

662) Is conversation the key to conservation?

663) Should top trumps of endangered species with IUCN ratings be given to kids to help them learn about the importance of the natural world?

664) Are sites like eBay the real free market?

665) Without the perspective of historians, do we panic and become histrionic?

666) Why on earth is anyone afraid of the number ‘666’ when it’s just a number?  Isn’t it as silly as being afraid of Virginia Woolf?

667) If people are afraid of arbitrary numbers, why aren’t they afraid of ‘667’ on an arbitrary basis?

668) Do couch potatoes need to go on the couch?

669) Which is better – cognitive dissonance or cognitive dissidence or cognitive diffidence?

670) Why, when you walk down a street, isn’t the roof of every house covered in solar panels?

671) How on earth is anyone illiterate in the 21st century?

672) Did computers usher in the hyperhypermodern era in chess?

673) Should we completely recalibrate our calendars and temporal systems on a more rational basis?

674) Why change winning formulae?

675) Was Titian a Titan?

676) “Begonias can’t be choosers.”  Discuss.

677) Discus.  Discuss.

678) Should we have an Olympic Games of mind games such as chess, go, mah-jong and their computer game equivalents and so on?

679) Will there ever be trains running to Antarctic stations?

680) If you live in Woking, why did you just go into the kitchen?

680 and a half) If you don’t live in Woking, why don’t you live in Woking?

681) Why did the chicken get cross with the road?

682) Is a smile the answer to world peace?  Does self-help lead to more Smiles?

683) Why do people keep throwing Dominic Frisby in parks?

684) Can any word ever be described as ‘bad’ or does it depend entirely on context and tone of voice?  Should we remove certain words from the literary oeuvres of historical authors or is that the most gross and vile desecration of their work that is conceivable, and we should, therefore, never even entertwain the idea?

685) If there are tonal languages, could there ever be atonal ones?

686) A question – what quest are you embarking on today?

687) How do we infect the world with positive inflection points?

688) Is it true that the Antarctic is the Arctic but with a large colony of Formicidae?

689) Why do people in Surrey spend so much time saying sorry?

690) Which would you rather be: a trapeze artist or a trapezium artist?

691) Was Otto Rank right that one day (and is it today?) there would be no art, only artists?  Is performance the only art left?

692) Is it true that if you see a child at seven, you see the whole of their life in a latent form?  Do the stories that children are read help to determine the course of their adult lives?

693) Which is better: a triple dip recession or cucumber and dips?

694) Are we being watched from outer space the way that we look at lifeforms through microscopes?

695) Once there were viceroys.  Today, can we have virtueroys?

696) Why was the Madonna so prima in western art?

697) Is Lustlese really a sin?

698) If the printing press helped lead to the codification of national languages, will the internet lead to their fragmentation into multiple forms?

699) Is physiotherapy the solution to an Andromeda strain?

700) If one wants to be become an artist, does it help to have the surname ‘artist’, like James Howard Kunstler?  If he had been called James Howard Vitenskapsmann, would he have finnished his artistic career early on and become a scientist?

701) If somebody wants to understand contemporary finance, do they have to be a quantum physicist like Gemma Godfrey?  @GCGodfrey

702) What is the best way to bring peace to a currency war?

703) Where is the cutting edge of contemporary cartography?  Other planets or the hidden depths of ours?

704) Should we only work, say, four days a week rather than five?  Or should we work seven days a week?  Or ne travaillez jamais?

705) If you wink at somebody, or josh with them, do they attain a higher state of consciousness?

706) Is it possible to balance work, family and social life or do we have to accept trade-offs?

707) Should we seek fulfillment in work, or seek to attain mastery or responsibility, or should we just accept that work is a way to pay the bills so that we can enjoy ourselves in our leisure time?

708) As thanks for his work, should we pay fees to Ahmed, Nafeez?

709) Is a retweet the real transaction of the 21st century?  And is it a form of potlatch?  How many Twitter followers would Karl Polanyi or Guy de Bord have?

710) Does it take logic to learn to play the organon?

711) Has anyone ever sold an abstraction at an online auction site?

712) When hockey players go to bed at night, do they dream of hockey stick graphs?

713) Instead of getting mad, should you get evensong?

714) Is arbitrage arbitrary?

715) Is it true that looking after oneself is the best way to contribute to the rest of the world?

716) Are evolution and intelligent design compatible?

717) How come so many Polish people live in the Arctic and the Antarctic?

718) Are dark matter or dark energy what Buddhists might refer to as emptiness?

719) For Spaniards, does salad lead to salud?

720) Should we allow homoeopathic marriage?

721) Why is there a core curriculum in schools?  What is so important about the Earth’s core?

722) Are we only taking baby steps in understanding the dynamics of non-linear systems?  How advanced are our stochastic scholastics?

723) In the era of computerisation, will all money become digital?  Is paper money and money tree policy a thing of the past?  If we had sound money, would we be able to hear our money?

724) What are the algorithms of Craig Venter’s algae rhythms?

725) Why is the word ‘pondlife’ an insult when pondlife is so beautiful?

726) How can a pub landlord raise the bar?

727) Should we construct cities in the sea?

728) Would a stock exchange of comedians be called the Comex?

729) Should people be farming instead of playing Farmville?  Or are they training to be farmers?

730) Are sewerage systems the greatest technological advances in human history?

731) Would we be more amorial and less armourial without an amygdala?

732) Why hasn’t wearing solar flares been fashionable since the 1970s?

733) Why is the French word for computer ‘ordinateur’?  What’s ordinary about a computer?

734) Do rhinos have a rye nose?  If a hippo lived in the Potomac, would it be a Hippopotomac?

735) If popular British soap opera “Coronation Street” were set on the sun, would it be “Corona Nation Street”?

736) What is the longest prime number?

737) If Sigmund Freud had been shaped like a Gompertz Curve, would he have been renamed Sigmoid Freud?

738) If Sigmund Freud set up a fast food outlet, would it be called Sigmund’s Frieds?

739) Would an ecologist in an echo chamber be an echologist?

740) When you see EROEI, do you get an eerie feeling?

741) Is it ever possible to feel unheimlich in your Heimat?

742) If Spaceship Earth or Gaia is a self-regulating and homeostatic organism, is the whole universe?

743) Is the Chinese concept of chi or the Japanese concept of ki related in some way to electromagnetism?  Is such universal energy the answer to the energy problem?

744) Series of Ceres: what on earth is going on with crop circles?

745) How will medicine evolve this century?

746) Is ‘assisted suicide’ the hypocritical oath?  Or is it a necessary and humane advance?

747) Is all that glitters William Golding?

748) Did the transition to the Fourth Revolution occur with the invention of the transistor?

749) After the work of John Cage, is Silentology the new religion?

750) Are we alienated from our bodies?  How do we integrate the mind and body?

751) Why do martial artists wear pyjamas?  And are they always angry and white?

752) Is a martial art the best marital art?

753) Has an earthworm ever visited a wormhole?

754) Is the removal of the iron from the board-game Monopoly a sign of the end of the Industrial Era and the inception of the Renewable Revolution?

755) What aspects of our lives are a surveillance panopticon?  How do we stop them?

756) Is holistic thinking the greatest aspect of indigenous cultures?

757) If extraterrestrials exist, do they have alien rights the way we have inalienable human rights?

758) Should the word ‘alien’ be replaced?  Does it lead to an instant feeling of alienation between us and the aliens who may or may not exist?

759) What’s it like herding Schrodingerian cats?

760) Is Beck really from Tooting?

761) What is the use value of utilitarianism?  Is it just grist to the J.S.Mill?

762) Should we call wind turbines J.S.Windmills?

763) If we legalised drugs, would we enter the Stoned Age, and would absolutely nothing ever get done?

764) Should we stem stem cell research?  Or is it the way forward?

765) How can we float like a butterfly and sting like a bee if all the bees are dying out?

766) Is gold so important because it is the kiss of the sun on earth?

767) Are the Buddhists right that email attachments lead to suffering?

768) Is the English language overloaded with neologisms in the Age of Post-Mechanical Nerve Net Expression?

769) If there is an Urban Dictionary, should there be a Rural Dictionary?

770) In an age of renewable energy, are countries near the Equator holding the best cards in the trading game?  What has a windy and tide-surrounded country like Britain, where North Sea oil peaked in 1999, got to offer?  If we want lights on, do we need to get very good at languages and diplomacy?  Or just make great TV shows?

771) Has Africa been treated appallingly in human history?  Or is it wrong to see Africa as a ‘victim’?

772) Is the best way to get into ‘the zone’ to have a special word that puts you into ‘the zone’?

773) Is it a mantrap not to have a mantra?

774) Does a semantic difference make all the difference?  Or, if one is Derrida, all the différance?

775) Is the era of semantic deference over?

776) On what basis does somebody qualify as an expert and on what basis is somebody worth listening to on a particular subject?

777) Do badgers have asset purchase programmes?

778) What is the use of having a Blackberry if we run out of blackberries?

779) Chariots of Fire or Chariots of the Gods?

780) Is the left brain connected to the heavens and the right brain connected to the earth?

781) If you want to intuit, does it help to be an Inuit?

782) Is a literary critic in India a Sanskritic?

783) Is the fact that it’s Solar City Freiburg mean that it’s not Solar City Fry-burg?  Or has Stephen Fry actually been over there?

784) When you finish dining in a restaurant, do you ask the waiter for the Bill McKibben?

785) What’s an Ebacc?  Is it rmorally right to get students to smoke tobacco and then give them a qualification?

786) How do we bring harmony, not harm?

787) If Gregor MacDonald opened up a fast food chain, would it be called MacDonald’s?  Or Krokodile?

788) Would a qualification written by Mikhail Bakhtin be called the Bakhtinalaureate?

789) Why is it so hard for some people to spot a gold price?

790) Why did the ancient Greeks invade Troy Ounce?

791) Why celebrate poetry that celebrates war?

792) If Russians have a Yandex, should the Japanese have a Yendex?

793) Has Robert Fisk ever been to Frisco?  Was it renamed Fisco?

794) Can Centre Parties hold?  Why aren’t there more politically central parties and why do moderate and mellow voices so often get marginalised by noise and extremsism and fundamentalism?  Why do other parties claim to represent the centre-ground when they often don’t?  If a Centre Party existed, would it have its party conference in Center Parcs?

795) In terms of Transactional Analysis, how do we change the way that a community, nation or world talks about itself and its situation and solutions to its problems?

796) We have hire cars.  What about higher cars – solar powered flying ones?

797) How do you shake up your chakras?

798) Are climate notes preferable to climate change?

799) Given what we see when we look down a microscope or through a telescope, is abstraction in art the real hyper-realism or are the portraits by Daniela Montanari the real hyper-realism?

800) Is Guildford behind Freiburg in the solar energy game?  If so, why?  What about other twinned towns and cities – should we use a little healthy competition to push progressions?

801) Don’t believe the hype.  What about the hyperion?

802) Was the song”The Model” by Kraftwerk written about Gvantsa Nikabadze (Guci)?

803) Should all work be craftmanship?

804) What new numbers will exist by 1st January 2100?

805) Do ideas propagate themselves through a kind of sexual reproduction (thesis, antithesis, synthesis) or are they parthenogenetic?

806) Rather than just being literate, should we try to be lateral thinkers – and so laterate?

807) Why are there different colours in the world?  Why are such vibrations so vibrant?  Do the colours in your life change depending on the prism through which you view the world?

808) One day, will a multi-planetary humanity have to try to stop a supernova of the sun and should we start planning for that now?  Or should we stop thinking so far ahead and just live in the moment?

809) Does Gresham’s Law apply to other fields beyond the monetary?

810) Should we name an atoll after David Attenborough?

811) Should we invent a kind of champagne called David Dimblebubbly?

812) Does your music system work in stereo or monad?

813) Is a flower the laughter of Mother Nature?

814) Will somebody invent the equivalent of a key for closed minds?

815) Should there be an ‘ambivalent’ button at Facebook?

816) Why does somebody of the genius of Mark Rothko or Ernest Hemingway or Sylvia Plath or Aaron Swartz or David Foster Wallace or other very beautiful people end up committing suicide and how on earth can such tragedies be stopped from happening?  How do we protect and support the hyper-sensitive?

817) What new political ideologies will we see crystallising in the 21st century?

818) Do crystals heal us?  Do we heal crystals?

819) Is it possible to be a genuine healer if you are well-heeled?

820) Should SWAT teams only be composed of flies?

821) The day that Mark Kermode is converted to the merits of 3D cinema, what form will the public exposition of his revision of perspective take?

822) What is the difference between a dancefloor of bees and a dancefloor of human beings?

823) Should all nightclubs have freely available drug testing kits?

824) Should we have separate sporting events that allow performance-enhancing substances?

825) Can astronomy and astrology be synthesised?

826) How will spelling of words evolve in the age of hyper-literacy?

827) Are we too harsh on internet ‘lurkers’?  What if they are monks who have taken a vow of silence?

828) Will people still be called Troels in the age of trolling?

829) Why is fantasy literature so popular?  Are we trying to escape reality?

830) Why is Tobias Fauntleroy Slater so popular in Asia?

831) Should the Milky Way be allowed to breastfeed in public?

832) Instead of gated ghettoes, should we have Gateless Gates at the front of our homes?

833) Isn’t Warshall obviously superior to war?

834) Would you rather have a species or an asteroid named after you?  Or both?

835) Does an artist need muses?  Or just amusement?

836) For a monarch to earn the epithet ‘Sun King’, do they have to invent a new type of photovoltaic?

837) Are teenagers on mobile phones the ‘perpetuum mobile’?

838) Is the study of apps and their development called Appology?  Or Anthroappology?

839) Is it possible to learn the languages of animals, for example the sonar of dolphins?  Will dolphins one day play at the Sonar festival?

840) When Rontgen discovered X-rays, did he discover them or invent them?

841) Have the band Tortoise ever serenaded a tortoise?  Will musicians now be a permanent feature of zoos?

842) Should we rename London Zoo as London Zoonomia in memory of Erasmus Darwin?

843) Was Harold MacMillan right that Britain should be ancient Greece to the ancient Rome of the USA?  Or is it more akin to Japan’s relationship to China?

844) If you lack faith, what about Paloma?  Do you have faith in the Palomar Observatory?

845) Are frozen embryos the answer to threats to species such as the Canis Rufus?

846) Should we clone ice cream cones?

847) What is the observer effect on the “Observer” newspaper?

848) Will the geeks inherit the mirth?

849) Is the concept of blasphemy a blasphemy against free speech?

850) Would you like to live on a nebula or would life be a bit nebulous?

851) What’s wrong with ‘weak government’?  Isn’t the ideal political situation a constant carousel of coalitions so that no government can do anything too tyrannical to the people?

852) Are library books a form of renewable energy?

853) If we can scroll on a computer, why can’t we codex?  And why did Kerouac write on a scroll?

854) How do we avoid a discourse such as the climate change debate becoming polarised into a simplistic binary of ‘believers’ and ‘deniers’ where both sides do not listen to each other and become more entrenched in their views and more and more closed-minded?

855) Can we divine the divine or is it beyond our ken?  What about if we’re called Kenneth?

856) The chess board has 64 squares.  The I Ching has 64 hexagrams (卦).  The Commodore64 was 64 bit.  Why?

857) How do we make a climate science that integrates what happens on earth with what happens in space as a whole?

858) If you don’t like the official statistics in your country, why not collate some new ones and then distribute them as widely as possible?

859) Is the shadow banking system a song by the Shadows?  Or DJ Shadow?

860) Did the universe really start in the London Big Bang in the 1980s?

861) If the essence of the universe is outside time, did it start at all?

862) Is the greatest tragedy in political history the attempt to control the family rather than leaving families alone to run their own affairs?

863) Are people happiest when they are in control of their own lives?

864) Why do we put such emphasis on happiness?  Isn’t a whole range of emotions the essence of what it is to be human?

865) Do you believe in angels?  Or Engels?

866) Should we collectively develop some sort of codeword that means “a financial or economic bubble has started – please stop investing in it now”.  Or are we simply doomed to repeat the same mistakes over and over again as if we never learnt to Kindleberger fire?

867) Is light a particle or a Kondratiev wave?

868) Is anyone going to invent anything in the 21st century that is significant as, say, the wheel or writing?

869) In the internet age, are multiplier effects multiplying?

870) Is nanofication the way forward?

871) Is nano-fiction the way forward?

872) Is theatre mimesis and if so, what has mime got to do with memes?

873) Does the writer create mirrors for society and if, so, are they Perseus to Medusas?

874) Are we all twinned with a particular astral body?

875) How do we support genuine scholars and avoid corrupting ‘scholars’ who act as mouthpieces for vested interests?  Particularly vested interests in the vest manufacturing industry?

876) Why is anybody in the 21st century with an internet connection able to only speak one language when they have access to a free language laboratory at home and the incredible auto-didactic opportunities that arise from it?

877) Why aren’t all lavatories like the Japanese ones with robot buttons and all sorts of curious appendages?

878) Should we all use compost toilets?

879) Why do we talk about swansongs when a Cygnus does not sing?  Or do they sing at a frequency that we humans cannot perceive?

880) What is the water and Jared diamond paradox?

881) Is all dialogue dialectic?  Or a decalogue?

882) How many hexagrams does an I Ching practitioner weigh?  Or wu-wei?

883) Why does the tragedy of one country invading another ever happen?  Is it driven by material resources?  By ideas?  By a country that is not at peace with itself and has not yet integrated its collective Jungian shadow side?

884) Was Anais a ninja?

885) When film of a species is shown at, say, a site such as YouTube, are the comments on it a potential space for a crowdsourced renaming of it, are we then in a danger of an overloaded profusion of neologisms and linguistic schisms?

886) Does a gold-based monetary system lead to a cultural Gilded Age?  What is the relationship between commodity base, monetary base and cultural superstructure and are there time-lags in changes in one or the other?

887) Will somebody one day do a Linnaeus classifcation job on the mixcloud or the soundcloud?  Will some be described as a cumulo-nimbus and another as altostratus etc?

888) Is Jimmy Wales right about the internet being a giant global group hug?

889) Why are we tilting at wind turbines?  Isn’t it time to be a bit more quick and exotic?

890) What are the typical symptoms of asymptotic analysis?

891) Is somebody called Matthew who is a scholar a matthewmatician?

892) How long does it take to learn a cycle of indebtedness?

893) What is going to be the effect of the Higgs-Boson in this century?

894) Would you rather fill up at a petrol station or a petrel station?

895) Is intelligence artifice?

896) How can a netizen practice zen?

897) Would a publisher give a zen monk a blank cheque for his stream-of-consciousness interior monologue?

898) Do we read too many satires as being straight-down-the-line?  Was, for example, Machiavelli actually a satirist?

899) What is the effect of metagenomics on metanarrative?

900) Should we get rid of prisons?  How do we balance punishment, rehabilitation and public safety?

901) Are people controlled through panic et circenses?

902) Elections or Analects?

903) Are morphemes better for you than morphine?

904) In an adaptation on what John Cage said, how can you be nobody and be it?

905) Do you get the gist of ecolo?

906) Are the Polynesian islands the best place to do work on polynomials?

907) How many tropes are there in the writing of Polly Trope?

908) Is Micronesia the best place to work on microcomputers?

909) If we have a SHIFT key on a computer, should we have a POLAR SHIFT key?

910) Are quantum computers a quantum leap?

911) What ensures literary longevity?  Why, today, is Jane Austen (arguably) more well known than Ann Radcliffe?

912) Should a solar-powered flying car be called a Tesla Prime?  What happens if it bumps into a Regulus Event?

913) Should Woking change its name to Wokingville, Wokinggrad, or a name crowdsourced from its population?

914) Which is more healing: homoeopathy or homeomorphism?

915) Should we send astronauts into outer space or Teichmüller space?

916) Do Boy Scouts and Girl Guides learn how to tie a Trefoil knot?

917) Is glacier melt irreversible?

918) What are the C.P.Snows of Kilimanjaro?

919) Should you go to a nightclub or a physics faculty (or both) to find a dancing wu li master?

920) Is our emotional intelligence our highest form of intelligence?

921) Cogit, oh, summa (theologica).  When you go to a restaurant, do you like to eat ambrosia of the gods or ambrosia of Bierce?

922) Do you have to have a drink at Frances Yates’s wine lodge to understand the difference between art and science?

923) Are art and science two sides of the same Samantha Janus?

924) If an ET made a plan, would it be a planet?

925) Is anarchism as a coherent ideology an oxymoron?  And is an anarchist an anarchist just so that they can get anarkissed?

926) Does every artist channel activity from other parts of the universe?  Are masterpieces proof of a universe full of intelligent and benign life?

927) Why do we breathe?  How is the breath related to the tides and the moon?

928) Why do planets have moons around them?

929) Should we rename women ‘wowmen’?  Or should we take the word ‘men’ out of the word entirely?

930) What is the name of somebody who works in the field of fields?

931) Is something discovered at CERN a cerntainty?

932) Are extrraverts too dominant?  How do we make sure that introverts don’t become too quiet?

933) Character or personality?

934) Is the best way to become a magnetic personality to arrange a number of magnets in your home?

935) Should a politician who is more loquacious than a budgie but can’t understand a budget be politely encouraged to budge it?

936) What is the future for the library in the Nerve Net Era?  Should libraries become stately educational Xanadus?  Or kan’t they kublai?

937) Darkside 50 experiment or the Dark Mountain Project?  Or both?

938) Is there a future for coal-mining?  Or mining poems by Coleridge?

939) If Russia had not been invaded immediately by Western powers, might the Bolshevik revolution have been more successful?  Was the New Economic Policy a tune from the planet Neptune?  Or are all counterfactual questions in history irrelevant and should we just focus on what happened?

940) What would a film directed by Frank Capra and Fritjof Capra look and feel and taste like?

941) What is the Doppler effect of a Doppleganger?

942) Is the worst way to attract a member of the opposite sex to become a strange attractor?  Or the best?

943) Are we naturally monogamous or not?  Do we form pair bonds?  How can we balance sexual freedom and fulfillment with caring for each other?

944) Why is forbidden fruit so appealing?  Would it be nearly so appealing if it were not forbidden?  If so, is the best way to ban something to…unban it?

945) If there were a boardgame called Paradise replacing Monopoly and involving free and open markets instead of monopolistic or monopsonistic ones, should players use paradice?

946) Is it better to compete or to complement?

947) Is the best way to complement to give complements?

948) Amend, son.  How do we best unshackleton the exploratory instinct in the 21st century?  What tales will be written by what Marco Polos and Gagarins this century?

949) Does Saturn have a ringtone?

950) Should we ration irrational numbers?

951) Was the sinking of the Titanic nothing at all to do with Saturn’s moon of Titan?

952) For what he achieved, would you like to go back in time and give Christian Huygens a hug?

953) Will the Gulf Stream ever be streaming on a computer?

954) Should we search for the quintessence or is it merely a quintessence of dust?

955) Is alchemy incompatible with today’s science?

956) If there are many different human settlements on different planets, how would we ensure that house prices weren’t prohibitions on people moving elsewhere?  What if, for example, you wanted to move to Shangri-La but couldn’t afford a bedsit?

957) Was Iris Murdoch actually a flower in disguise?

958) Where is the city of Elle Dorado?

959) Is our success in space exploration ‘given’ to us precisely in direct correlation to our ability to be peaceful between each other here on earth?

960) Has somebody put something in the water supply?  How do we ensure they don’t?

961) Are indigenous peoples indignatos?  Or dignifiednatos?

962) Should we make libraries that are composed of rooms of different levels of noise and lack of it in a similar way to the way that the Roman bathhouse was divided into different rooms based on temperature?

963) Are we heading into a worldwide Quadruple Standard involving gold, silver, platinum and palladium?  And why are so few neo-Palladian mansions made out of palladium?

965-986) Would satnav work on Saturn?  What would a saturnalia on Saturn look like?  Is it true that Capricorns are melancholics or is there such a thing as a happy starsign called a Capricornucopian?

987) What is the G-Force of Gina G?

988) What on earth would correspondence with Swedenborg be like?

988 and a half) What is an amanesis amaneunsis?

989) How can we best measure material, monetary, financial, economic, social and political inequality?

990) How can a coefficient genie be a measure of inequality?

991) Chicken…egg…chegg?

992) Is life a code?  Is it uncrackable?

993) Is the ‘rib’ in Genesis something metaphorical to do with ribonucleic acid and the Y chromosome?

994) Does the individual subject (adapted to the particular historical epoch of the day) exist first in literature, and then second in realiry?

995) Is the straight line masculine and the curve feminine?  If so, is the only feminine piece in chess the Knight rather than the Queen?  And if so, is the Georgian language particularly feminine as its letters seem to be so curved?

996) Why are there vowels and consonants?  Are vowels feminine in spirit and consonants masculine?

997) Would you rather listen to Liszt than continue reading this list?

998) Given the direction of arrows in the symbols ♀(the Venus symbol) and ♂(the Mars symbol) is the feminine principle related to earth and the masculine principle related to the heavens?

999) Are men from 9501 Ywain and women from 9778 Isabelallende?

999 and a half) Does equality of the sexes mean equality of value rather than identity of essential aspects?

1000) Cats or dogs?

1001) What is the point of asking questions and can any one individual have all the answers?

1001 and a half) In resource terms, what is more important right now than locking down long-term food and water supplies?

1001 and three quarters) Is the human and terrestrial world correlated to or influenced by events in other galaxies, on other planets, and so forth (so for example, is a hyperinflation on a currency perhaps related in some way to a hypernova of a star) – and if so, to what extent to we understand these correspondences?

1001 and sixty three sixty fourths) Should the UK rename itself the USB to compete with/say a warm friendly greeting to the USA?

1001 and sixty three and a half sixty fourths) Does the history of ideas follow a similar process to natural selection, involving cross-fertilisations and mutations?  If so, what are the best ideas of our time that will survive to the future and what are the worst ideas that will not survive?