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Q&A's Audios Posed to Jacque Fresco (Founder & Director of The Venus Project)




There is a list of audios where Jacque Fresco (founder and director of The Venus Project) & Roxanne Meadows (co-founder) are answering questions about The Venus Project.

Here you will see the typing out of the questions and answers that feel relevant. Audios and videos are not achieved in search engines (like the keywords here), this is my attempt to archive Jacque's lectures.

This page is continuously being updated (Last Updated: Aug 15, 2011)
Please note: Not yet proof-read for errors.

31st July 2011 - (To Listen to Full Audio: "Right Click Link > Save as...")
I realize that even marriage is affected by money because parents can't get divorced since they have to support the kids, so how will this be different in a resource-based economy?

In a resource-based economy, people live together because they can relate and if they don't they split just as you do when you are kid at 12 years old you have certain friends, at 15 you have more information and you change the relationships. Usually a girl who falls in love at 25 is very different then having a crash on a person at 15 and at 30 you have different outlook, so if you are married too young, the possibility of the relationship lasting is much lower than people can relate based on more experiences.

"I think when the resource-based economy comes to fruition, there will be a lot of people who split up because it doesn't depend on someone to go to work to take care of the kids and paying back support for different marriages that they have had. Everyone would have access to goods and serves and don't depend on work. People will be freer to do as they like." ~Roxanne

In the Venus Project where there is no law enforcement, how will people be apprehended?
I think that the people who ask this question don't understand that the education and training of children in the Venus Project includes methods for dealing with problems such as communication, disagreements without getting angry, the ability to understand the nature of conflict does away with the tendency with wanting to punch another person that doesn't understand you. It only means you don't know how to get to them. So I would say that conflict would diminish considerately except during the transition, but once children are educated in the new school you don't have those problems. You only have those problems where you give everyone a right to their own opinion whether they are qualified or not.


If two or more people want to live at the same place, would machines make decisions on property ownership? Who gets the right to live where? Or what if everyone wants to live in one place on Earth?
Okay the question about what if everyone wants to live in the same place, like Florida for example, you have to be ruthlessly honest, some people love change of season. Some people like skiing or icy skating, Some people like the fall. Not everyone wants to live in Florida, it's just a made-up what if story. What if people want to live in the same house? Well today nobody wants to live in the same house, they have different values. These questions are false assumptions. Would machines make the decisions on to where people should live? No, all that machines tell you is the climate, the conditions that prevail, and you make the decision as to where you want to live, which depends on your education and your profession. I think if you are interested in science and social change, you would want to live near-by places that do research in that area. However, you don't have to live there forever, you can live there as long as want, maybe two years or whatever then you move to another place and if you change your mind, you are free to do that and move into any area you want to. There is no such thing as people wanting to live in the same area because people have different values, different inspirations and they move to areas where their type of logic and reason is preferable.

But if people did want to live in the same area, then there would be more resident accommodations to support that change. The survey committee would tell us that 30,000 people are interest in some aspects of distribution managing and they will tell you which portions of the country has that source of energy near-by. The kind of research that is done depends on the nature of the problems confronting society.

The same holds true for say people who have the same interest in boating or sailing, there will be more than enough boats available to use to support that demand, where people can go and access these boats when they want to.

What are the methods that The Venus Project covers for places like India or China, which have high population densities, do we build more cities there? 
Population will be studied in relation to the geological conditions are in a given area. If you have so much arable land, so much water that can only support so many people. When people are trained in dynamic equilibrium, in other words, when you have a larger population then the area can support, you are going to have territorial disputes. The only way to deal with this is in accordance to the carrying population of the Earth and environment, if you violate that it will not work. In China and India which already have a high population density, we will education them to a new orientation, and those who fail to join with us in this education will not and eventually their system will break down. Plus we already have designs set-up in the Venus Project for high population areas with 1,000's of systematic designs designed exactly for this purpose.

How do we integrate new discoveries and inventions, when making technological progress and adaptation to changing world conditions when there are no knowledge dealings between machines and humans? How do we create abundance if there is not enough resources? 
Machines will accumlate ideas from every lab working on new materials to overcome shortages by improvising and creating new materials that carry out the same function. If it is concluded that every roof should be made of stainless steel based on being the best product for roofs, the computer will tell us that we don't have that much stainless steel and so an alternative will have to be made. Therefore, labs are assigned decision making and assigned different tasks. Scientists are assigned tasks. Just like when we wanted to put man on the moon, we had to design equipment to develop that concept. In other words, when a new concept is put forth, we have to study it and make appropriate and necessary materials for lab to develop new substance material for shortages. 

This is exactly what happened in Germany, when Germany was prevented from getting rubber. They invented synthetic rubber. We have enough technicians to invent all kinds of substitute material until we develop better materials. We can never have an ultimate development, there is no such thing as designing the perfect utopia city. Everything is subject to change. There are no final frontiers.

In The Venus Project and your book, you talk about how children will be education differently, can you elaborate on the methods that could be used to do this?
Children will be education to understand how nature and humans are interrelated. Human beings are not separate from nature. They are part of the natural rig. If we violate nature, meaning, if we don't get enough sleep or enough healthy food we get sick regardless of what your philosophy is. Children will be taught and brought up in relation to the physical world, how they relate to one another and the world around them. Not make up stories, but find out how trees enhance us by giving us oxygen and absorbing carbon dioxide. The more they know about the physical world, the atmosphere, and the Earth's conditions; the more they are able to evolve survival methods that enhance them and society.

We also talk about setting up challenges for children, instead of having their parents solving all their problems and enable the children to work things out through problem solving skills and critical thinking without dependency of parents. We will have communities where children are encouraged to direct the future and encourage them in the methods of survive, like how to detect the water is purified or contaminated. Everything we will teach children are things that are relevant. We will have no Mickey Mouse Clubs. We will only reinforce all aspects of behaviors that are constructive and cooperative.

Jacque has a lot of answers about what life and human behavior will be like in a resource-based economy, since we have never implicated a global resource-based economy, wouldn't all these answers be theories that need to be tested?
Why can't you put 400 passengers in 200 passenger airliner? You don't have to do it to know that it will not get up off the ground. You have to know what the horse-power of the engines are, the wing area, the capacity for carrying the lift. It can't take off with 400 passengers, you don't have to build it to find out. You know enough about the sciences, technology and the methods of evaluation to anticipate. We you put 2,000 passengers on a cruse, that right there will tell you how much of what is needed, how much food, etc is needed to make the journey It's already known, you don't have to do it, you have to have a basis for your assumptions.

24th July 2011 - Full
Don't you see a major challenge in people willingly giving up their personal properties, for example, their home during the transition in building The Venus Project's cities?
I don't see people giving up anything, I see that system brakes-down and that the banks brake-down and that the whole economical system goes into a tail spin. In that time, people are not concerned with their factories or their private property.

I seen this during the 1929 depression. I noticed that people lost their factories, but when they were told that the government is taking over the property because they couldn't pay taxes on it, the reply was "We don;t have any means for material, so take over the factory we don't care." You can't sell a factory that has no output for production. It has no value. In other words, if people don't have purchasing power, owning a factory or home is of no value.

How can a system work if some people are not motivated to do their part and others are, do small groups of people do all the work?
If you really think about it, our nation is carried on the backs of no more than 200 people. People like Tesla, Edison, etc... very few people have made MAJOR contributions in altering our lifestyle. It takes very few people to operate the entire economy. Not everyone needs to be convinced of the Venus Project or doing a part in it.


How can machines make decisions for people?
All we do is program the machines to turn out a certain amount of products, depending on the population of each given area. Whatever it is that people need is it programmed and set-in based on information and the machines are in-touch with all this information. It is not the machines that make the decisions, the programs are preset for the machines. When the survey committee tells us that we need some much food, so much water, so much clothing; that is programed in. If you are on an airline you determine what you need for the passengers based on the number of the passengers. You take the amount of food that is needed for the amount of passengers. Yet this is just done more effectively on a larger scale in accordance to the whole planet.

In the new society will there be regulations that restrict freedom of choice?
I don't know what freedom of choice is, but if you like a certain style of clothing, you go into the assess centers and access whatever clothing you want. All clothing is built with the best materials to last the longest. If you take more than what you need, you have to store it, which takes up unnecessary space, this would be nonproductive. You can't sell it, you can't trade it for value, the only value is what it is designed for. There may be built into the system during the transition, that you cannot take advantage of it since the system knows what you taken, knows how long it will last, and knows how long it takes to get additional clothing; having an inventory method based on your needs and what you been requesting in the past. Until people are educated on nonproductive behavior.

But your choices will be much greater, you will access to anything that society can initiate,  based on a high-energy society. so your choices would much greater than today since it doesn't depend on money to access resources. Today we always say "you are free as your purchasing power".

If have to give up our current cities? How can we do that? Will it not be wasteful?
It is very wasteful operating the current cities today. In other words, they are so complex with each set of windows different on each house and each architect designing each building, which is tremendous waste. And the city just spreads out very inefficiently. If you have a conventional city then you have to make changes in the transportation and tunnels under the city. It's a constant revision of adaptation process would be required to maintain the old cities. It is much cheaper to level the old cities but to keep some as museum cities so the future can look back and see what it was like living in the old cities. But it is also cheaper and more resourceful to mine the old cities for glass, steel, metals or whatever resources and materials we can get from the older cities. The new cities are very different in design and utilize much less energy to operate.

If people are a product of their culture, for example the monetary system, how can we change our thinking?
You don't change your thinking, your thinking is changed by television programs, by news programs... in other words, all the programs in the future are designed to enable you to function better in the society.

How can we describe the Venus Project to people in a way that is relevant to their current life?
First of all they have to face difficulties, they have to agree that politicians cannot handle problems, they have to meet a certain amount of restrictions before they even concern themselves with social change.

What is your position on art and music in the Venus Project when it is initiated?
 I have no particular position, whatever music people enjoy will be forthcoming and whatever art also. There will be many art exhibits without the world and if the public likes certain kinds of art, they will select it and if they don't then they will reject it. The art world depends on the creativity, what they got to offer and what society needs at that time.

There would likely be a broader range as well because people will have assess to learn how to draw or how to make pieces of artwork, or how to play musical instruments. Everything will be accessible to them including the training.

There will be newer type of musical instruments with far greater and the range of music and sound systems will be far better in a technology advanced society so your option will be enormous.

There will also be more study and understanding on how the body reacts to sound rather than composing music. We want to know just what sound can possibly do to eliminate tension and feel more relaxed. So the study of sound and its effects on the human body rather than music as it is today which has to do with your conditioning, so the style of the music in the region that you live, all these things have to be taken into consideration. It isn't just music that you study but the effects of sounds on the human body.

Renders of your cities show a train going through the center dome of the city. Would the train make lots of noise going through the city? 
There are noiseless trains. It is possible to put a neoprene, cylinder or circle in the wheel itself that dampen sounds. The middle of a wheel if it is on a maglev system which make no sound at all. So when you have maglev transportation on a broad scale you don't have the noise problem in the first place. It isn't getting rid of noise, we just don't have noise by designing systems that are silent. If you put a lead sheet laminate in ceramic materials, the ceramic make no noise, even if the dishes are moved in restaurant or even in the kitchen you don't hear it. There are many different ways of designing plates, coffee cups, all kinds of utensils that make no noise.

I heard on your earlier DVD's, how children will learn about the environment by going out into the environment on tours and boats and such, but how are abstract things like mathematics, how will these be taught?
It depends on the program and how it is used. If you can name a pacific direction that math is taking, I can answer that. And if it takes a certain direction that is related, not theories, pacific math related to the design of bridges, buildings, transportation, space travel, all math related to some physical form is the kind of math we deal with. Theoretical physics is something entirely different.

Roxanne: "This is an interesting story, there used to be someone who went to Jacque's early lectures before I was around in before the year 1976. This guy was a Catholic sign painter and Jacque got him interested in science and he went to college looking for other teachers who taught like Jacque did. He couldn't find any, so he emulated the way Jacque taught. He ended up being a physics teacher and he wrote a book based on the methods in the way that Jacque teaches called "Conceptual Physics" and it is in most high school and college physic courses today. It is something like the 13th edition and I believe it was the last edition he has a whole page dedicated to Jacque and how he inspired him and taught him how to teach physics through conceptualizing and relating it to physical things in the real world."

On your basis lecture CD's you explained how you got your kids to count using dots, could you explain it again, how did you do it? The sound quality on the recorded tapes wasn't good.
In the early days back than I would just put two dots down and ask my son or daughter what they see. And they say " 1, and 2, I see 2 dots". I said "you don't have to count them, just look, you can see there is 2". And if there are 4 dots, you can say without delay "4 dots". Then I would go up to so many dots, but slowly increasing the amount of dots, so the child could look at it in a glance and know how many dots, without ever counting them. That's the way I did it.

In other words, do it gradually. Start with 2 dots, then 3 dots, 6 dots so the child says "6 dots" right away. "10 dots" right away without counting them. He can learn to do that if you gradually increase the amount of dots. And some children can go up to about 30 dots without counting them. I can sure you can exceed that too.

10th July 2011 - Full
It is all well having models and pictures and books but that is not going to solve our problems. What do you suggest we do?
You have to ask yourself "why do we build models?". Models are one way of testing different systems. Also the models, pictures, and books offer a way out of our problems, it has to be introduced in some way. The models and the pictures back-up what can be done and it demonstrates this, it's not like we are not working towards doing something else, it's all the precursor to what we want to do. It would be more constructive instead out saying it not enough to work with us towards the next step and that is what we are all trying to do, to do more films, to do a first city, to spread the word and test it out or anything else that we can do that is stated in our aims and directions.

I just want to say this:  The average person that can read, if he picks up a book on electronics and reads the book and pronounces every word correctly but knows nothing about electronics, they can't get anything out the book, you have to start where you are. Plus not everyone can pick up a book, read it, and get the significance of the book. This depends on your background, how much experience you have in the area you are reading. So when we read a book, we do not always understand it as the author intended it, due to the fact that language is subject to interpretation. So I would say that, if you are very well schooled in the physical sciences, you have a different way of reading a book and a different way of interpreting the book. Even if you read a scientific article different people will interpret it in ways relevant to their background.


How does one decide right from wrong or preferable from non-preferable?
Right from wrong is very earlier language and it is not explicit. We don't deal with right or wrong. We deal with does it work, how well does it work, and what modification does it need to make it work? There is no such thing as right or wrong. It is the workability of the system that we are concerned with.

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(Jacque Fresco-Relativity-March 27, 2011) Download found here.
A butcher knows that the scale to measure things. We you order 3 pounds of ham, he cuts it and puts it on the scale and when it hits 3, he stops. People like that better than the judgment of people. "I think this is 3 pounds". The butcher is inclined at stop at nearly 3 pounds and say it is 3 pounds. The guy buying it would like to see bigger cuts. Therefore the scale makes the decisions today. Instead of Fresco making any decisions, I would like to see, ALL substances are tested and put on some kind of a scale because let's say Roxanne leaves me and I become sad and my decisions might be distorted. Humans being fluctuate. You know what I mean?  They judgement fluctuates depending on how they feel or whether they are physically degraded or hungry or deficient their values change. So I would like to see a machine government only because the values don't change.
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