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All my life I have trusted that what I needed to do would cross my path. I often joked that I just do what comes next. This has taken me through several astonishingly enjoyable careers in music, science, engineering, marketing and photography.

I used to drive through Sandy Hook, Connecticut to visit a man named Warren Condit. Warren had the skills to build the special equipment I needed for the unusal process I used for printing my images of nature.

Sandy Hook was the quintessional quiet New England town with a square I remember well. Then came the shootings.

I do not oppose gun ownership. I do oppose a failure to think, especially when that leads to something dangerous or even catastrophic.

The shooting at Sandy Hook killed 30 chidren and 6 adults. It so happened that my neice’s husband was a pastor in that part of Connecticut and he had to councel the first responders. I had a long conversation with Craig. It had shaken him to the core and listening shook me too and I began this website. I felt I had to do something. The website had the web address inanothersshoes.com.

A few months later I read about gobal warming. It was a dreadful change, but my science background would prove usefull. So inanothersshoes.com became caringfortheearth.com.

In my studies I experienced over and over again a part of human nature I had known but never really comprehended. I did not realize the harm it had caused.

The officers of the companies that sold cancer causing cigarettes knew, well before anyone else, the harm they were doing. And they certainly did not need the money. It took decades and millions of shortened lives before government regulations restricted the purchase of cigarettes, especially by the young.

I first read about global warming on the web and my engineers’s reaction was ”we’re screwed,” for once we had reached a certain point the warming fed on itself. It is called positive feedback and causes an exponential increase in temperature.

The fossil fuel peddlers knew this from their own research. They knew that ultimately it could make large parts of the earth uninhabitable, or it could make the whole earth uninhabitable. Yet they kept on producing fossil fuels and fought to supress damaging information. They had the cooperation of conservatives in Congress. The virus has been a distraction but the burning continues and we are too preoccupied to deal with it.

X. Evangelicals


The Need For Self Validation

It is difficult to believe in a successful outcome. Climate change is happening much faster than anyone expected and actions are happening far more slowly than necessary. The United States has likely contributed the final nail in the coffin. Donald Trump’s actions and inability to comprehend almost anything with a significant scientific or even intellectual component makes one stretch to find words strong enough to characterize the enormity of his lack of ability.

A sorry contribution is the reaction of evangelicals. Christianity Today, the intellectual arm of evangelicalism, a small (80,000 circulation) publication founded by Billy Graham published a scathing (and I really mean that) editorial about President Trump. It angered the rest of the evangelicals. This is a fundamnetal human disaster. Evangelicals (I am a former one) of the conservative kind are longing for validation. I could sense that when attending Park Street Church in Boston in the 1960s. It prides itself on its intellectual standing. The pastor must have a PhD (although honorary will suffice). But in their college groups I could sense a need for validation. In other churches today there is a welcoming of the “end times” or of a second coming of some kind that will give a new recognition and influence to what it means to be an evangelical. So Donald Trump comes along, claims he is one of them (which is pure bullshit), validates their anti-abortion position (and I would guess others like anti-gay and anti-transgender) and so they embrace him although he is effective the "devil." This is insanity. This is the breakdown of the human mind under the stress of threat to a tribes meaning. And so evangeicals will be a huge factor in the coming election and not a welcome one. Hillary Clinton gets roasted for using the wrong e-mail server. Donald Trump gets away with murder, literally. Many Ukrainains have died because of his witholding funds.

In my mind Trump is guilty of treason to humanity.

IX. Wealth


The Ultimate Corruption

Sometimes the cause is deep and obsured and that is what I have thought for 15 years. Then I read a long essay by Abigail Disney in a December issue of The New Yorker. The subject is money and an organization called ......Millionaires.

There is one image that

CODA

A hymn from 1750 that makes me weep for 2150

For the beauty of each hour Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale, and tree and flower, Sun and moon and stars of light.
For the joy of ear and eye, For the heart and brain’s delight,
For the mystic harmony Linking sense to sound and sight.



There are many graphs of the earth’s temperature over time. Most show a linear increase which is more or less what you see if you look at 20 years of data. I took the simplest approach I could with the available data from NASA and that is what is called “curve fitting.” You take a guess at the basic function (here an exponential) and fudge it anyway you wish until it looks right. It turns out that if you ask excel to do the matching you get a polynominal series of the same shape as this curve, but either higher or lower. I view this as a kind of business as usual model and it predicts 6.6°C in 2100 which is roughtly right for continuing doing what we have been doing. It is of course catastrophic as is any temperature over 2.0°C.

Americans Continue to Deny Scientific Facts. Why?

Donald Trump may reach several pinacles all at one time. Impeached. Inhuman. Destroyer of the earth, but most of all, it seems to me pathetic, diplaying real human needs is the most corrupt possible way.

Trump praises people who flatter him, so he can pretend he is rising to a high level. But he cannot tollerate intelligence. Asking for an explanation is impossible for he trembles that he would likely not understand the explanation. So global warming or anything else with intellectual content must be brought down to his level. To my mind this is the tragedy of tragedies, the planet and civilization in perril from the lowest of the low.

Modern scientific thought may have begun with Gallelio and progressed very slowly until Issac Newton, and blossumed in Europe from the 1700s through Einstein and relativity and hosts of others: Clerk Maxwell, standing on the shoulders of determined experimentalists gave us Maxwells Equations and knowledge of all of electro-magnetism and on through Kip Thorne and a panopoly of 20th century physics until a republician head of a science comittee said he doesn't believe in science.

It may have been religion, or racicism, or unwise theories of educztion but science, to my mind has died, for Trump could not be Trump were it alive.

I cannot concieve of thinking about a problem without first learning what illumination science has provided.

Race is a good example. It has only been revcently that we learned that we are ALL Africians, decended from central Africian tribes of the first homo sapiens some 50,000 years ago.

Or learning what our brains can (and cannot) do: what you are experienceing (sentience) at this moment, every detail and color and motion from two small images on your two retinas. Knowing how the universe came into existance 10.8 billion years ago, but no clue (outside of god, which is the name of a clue)as to why.

So we are letting the earth cook it its own juices with the power of shareholder value driving the earth into uninhabitability.

I sat in on a couple of 5th grade science classes with my son. An attempt was being made to teach electrical engineering (not kidding) with the most atrocious material I have ever seen. Someone had to meet a goal or demonstrate prowess in “advancing” these kids. You can’t build without foundations and so it was almost certainly a waste of time.

And clearly the man or men who just dismantled the Boeing engineering culture, full of himself and a financial plan to drive development, has created one of the most monumental disasters ever in American industry. Shareholder value not connected to a human and intelligent standard is a clamity.

Not knowing what you are seeing and not able to recognixze that you do not know is a collapse of civilization. If the trump card is in charge it may become just that.

And what’s the answer?

Frances Moore Lappé changed how we eat. She wants to do the same for our democracy

....the dominant story in our culture is one that creates a feeling of powerlessness...it starts with this reductive understanding of human nature. We’ve taken Adam Smith and Charles Darwin and distorted their real messages. We grow up in this culture believing that the only thing we can count on is materialism, selfishness, competitiveness. It’s survival of the fittest, and the way we handle it is this wonderful device Adam Smith told us about called the free market. But Adam Smith understood the depth of our social nature.


But we do not. American text books and science teaching are dreadful, but what is more dreadful is parents do not understand enough to motivate their children.

There are many graphs of the earth’s temperature over time. Most show a linear increase which is more or less what you see if you look at 20 years of data. I took the simplest approach I could with the available data from NASA and that is what is called “curve fitting.” You take a guess at the basic function (here an exponential) and fudge it anyway you wish until it looks right. It turns out that if you ask excel to do the matching you get a polynominal series of the same shape as this curve, but either higher or lower. I view this as a kind of business as usual model and it predicts 6.6°C in 2100 which is roughtly right for continuing doing what we have been doing. It is of course catastrophic as is any temperature over 2.0°C.

Americans Continue to Deny Scientific Facts. Why?

Is their an explanation?

12/16/2019

I know this man, or rather I know the look on his face. It’s the look of someone baffled but terrified to admit it.

The earth is dying and he cannot admit that it’s our doing. Why? Because if he is in a room of oil barons he knows they will skin him alive if he deserts them.

The bad news is coming faster than at any time in the 15 years I have worked on global warming. And if you are a scientist you are trembling. Iam an engineer with considerable science background (three MIT degrees). When I first read of all this 15 years ago I said “we’re screwed.” Well we are.

See that rampaging river below. That’s the Greenland Ice Cap melting, 2000 or so years early. Yet if you look over the entire planet, there is not one person who can stand up and command the attention of national leaders. Not one. And explain to them what thermal runaway means and how we are going to be part of it.

Note: Why Americans Continue to Deny Scientific Facts.

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