JOHN HARRISON'S - CHRONOMETER
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- Study of the
of Longitude reveals more than just the story of an
institution. It shows how economic interests influenced the
political and scientific activities of a state.
The reasons for this were changes within the "scientific landscape" of the United Kingdom and the concomitant struggle for supremacy in influencing the distribution of state support for the science of astronomy and other related scientific projects, the proof of which is that all the surviving papers come from the archives of the Royal Astronomers and their successors, as if John Harrison's solution was perceived as a threat to their dominance of science. John Harrison was thought of as a maverick, who was grudgingly provided financial support, instead of being generously funded to accelerate development.
We should always then look at the appointment of committees and the interests of their members, that should perhaps be recorded in a book declaring such interests such as to avoid potential conflicts. But there is no point in having such a book if there is no effective policing of the corruption that is inevitable where many can be made from technology for those in positions of trust.
Poor old John Harrison was caught up in this mire of subterfuge. But do not think for one minute, that it is any different today. It could be, but only if political energy is expended in creating independent investigators - where crimes are reported. It cannot be that local police are involved in local cases. See R V Sussex Justices 1924.
This is a wonderful story where an ordinary clockmaker from the country, took on the scientific experts in the City of London, the military and the political community and beat them to a standstill.
The bad news for our hero John, is that it took him all of his life to do so. The good news for us and millions of sailors is that navigation was improved so saving lives, and that John's name will forever be associated with state sanctioned discrimination that became institutionalised.
We would thus urge the United Nations, European Union and G20 members to put in place the necessary policing to prevent contributing members of society from being sidelined. It is a sad fact that many of the great creators of this world are not conformists. People who don't conform are not understood and so become targets of derision, rather than receive the support that would make them more productive.
In Britain in 1865, the legislative response to the increasing introduction of self-propelled vehicles on our roads was the Locomotive Act (sometimes known as the Red Flag Act). Amongst a number of provisions, it stipulated that self-propelled vehicles needed to be proceeded with a man walking 60 yards ahead carrying a red flag to warn other road users of the vehicles approach.
PATENTS & DISCRIMINATION
The present patent system discriminates against the ordinary inventor. It works against promoting new technology, where only rich companies and already wealthy persons can afford to take a gamble on developing technology, that the ordinary man in the street simply cannot entertain with an empty bank balance.
Yet, mankind depends on advances to become sustainable and create a circular economy.
Big companies like it the way it is because it means they control the rate of development. That is one reason we have plastics in the oceans and climate change.
We would urge the United Nations to level the playing field. Patents should be as open an arena as copyright, or design protection. Fees should be at a level where an ordinary working person on an ordinary wage, can apply and compete to be able to develop their contribution to survival of the human race, including protection mother earth and all life on it.
The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. The Goals interconnect and in order to leave no one behind, it is important that we achieve each Goal and target by 2030. Click on any specific Goal below to learn more about each issue.
There is little point having such objectives if member nations only pay lip service to the aims.
SUSTAINABILITY BEGINS AT HOME
What happens on your doorstep is what is happening all over the world. Everyone is empire building, over fishing and dumping waste in our oceans in the belief that a little bit more indulgence won't matter. Yes it will!!
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