The Greatest Question in Science

by Jörgen Eriksson on December 31, 2015

“Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky, The flying cloud, the frosty light The year is dying in the night; Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.
Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow: The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true.”

– Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1850

2001 A Space Odyssey

New Years Eve, the final day of 2015 in the modern Western calendar. For me the year we are about to put behind us was both the best in my life and the most unexpectedly challenging. Hopefully the new year will revive the good and bring less challenges, but what if this is a matter of subjective personal preferences and not objective truths? Maybe after all, reality is pre-determined and not for us to change, as I wrote about three years ago in this article.

Pondering the meaning of reflection, I think I better focus on some easier questions to solve, like how I can make 2016 a happy year for my family, or like the question if there is intelligent life in the Universe. Well, maybe it depends on if we count in Earth or not, or does it?

Below is an entertaining, crystal clear treatise on the latter subject by The Economist.

Life in the Universe

About Jörgen Eriksson :

Jörgen Eriksson is the founder of Bearing and is the Chairman of the firm since it was created. He has successfully expanded Bearing into covering projects on four continents. He is also Adjunct Professor of Innovation Management at the International University of Monaco and at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona and he is an active member of the Founders Alliance organisation.

Working with consulting engagements across Bearings practices, he has over the past fifteen years participated in and supervised a large number of client projects, from innovation system development and place development and branding, to merger and acquisition assignments and leading edge research and business development activities for key clients.

His new book, Branding for Hooligans, will be published in 2015. It is about how innovation and branding are key survival factors in our modern times of hyper competitive markets.

Prior to Bearing, he was Director of Europe, Middle East, and Africa for Trema Treasury Management, a technology and consulting services provider, supplying financial software solutions for the global financial industry, Clients included The European Central Bank, Citibank, SEB, South African reserve Bank, Deutsche Bank, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), as well as many other large financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies.

Early in his career Eriksson was educated at the Stockholm School of Economics, where he studied economics, financial economics and philosophy. He then worked in Scandinavian investment banks and also for the Swedish Institute of National Defense Research.

You can contact Jörgen on e-mail jorgen.eriksson@bearing-consulting.com, connect on LinkedIn on http://fr.linkedin.com/pub/jörgen-eriksson/0/38/8a0/ and follow him on twitter on joreri508.

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