~ PROLOGUE ~ HOW I MET THE CLIMATE ~ THE MEANING OF SCIENCE ~ THE STATE OF THE CLIMATE ~ BEGINNING
ONE CHANCE ~ TRIBES ~ SENTIENCE ~
~ AGONY ~ LETTER TO PRESIDENT REIF OF MIT
WHO IS AT FAULT ~ CRITIQUE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES ~
WORLD CLIMATE AUTHORITY ~ A BIT OF BIO ~ APOLLO 8 ~ EPILOGUE
Thinking Inside the Believe Box
When you come down to it, after a year and a half of trying to figure out why there has been so little concern and publicity about global warming (I know it is starting now but baring a WW III leader, we are screwed), it seems to me each person has developed a set "this is what I believe" and most thinking goes on inside the "believe box."
So, if you don't have a reasonable amount of science in your background, global warming is just the globe with a pair of wollen sox, or in other words, it doesn't seem important. And this goes for almost everyone, one way or another. Exampoes:
The Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Yale PhDs in almost anything don't get worked up when they hear from the UN that a "cataclism" in global warming is heading our way. The editors of The New Yorker sit and chat for their TV talks, confident that they are supremely fine intellectuals and know how to judge anything. Bullshit.
I had a great experience between highschool and college. Two weeks at Northfiled College in Vermont doing a quick project in scientific research. My indellible memory, repeated over and over by the professor was "the more you know, the less you know," meaning that learning is like turning over a rock and finding a whole slew of new stuff. And let me assure you that is true. But arrogance rules, and (me included) we all think we know what is going on and can judge any situation, and then why the hell is the world going to hell in a handbasket and anyone votes for Donnald Trump.
Humanity, and that means everyone has a lot to learn, but especially the knowledge that me, I, have a lot to learn. So we come to quick conclusions, sometimes right, and often wrong and it is a one-way ticket to hell.
Example: Global warming. We have known about it for 60 years and our planet is a wreck and only now are we getting exited about it and there is no leader to take charge and if Trump wins again we might just as well have one big party and kiss this place goodby.
As an engineer who has done a little risk analysis and who knows to start with "what is the worst that can happen" and knows the earth could become uninhabitable, knows you get serious early, not now when it is already a wholly mess. Greenland wasn't supposed to melt for 2 to 3 thousand years and it is melting NOW.
My advice is tell your grandchildren not to have children.