Rosetta space probe now pioneer orbiting Comet 67P selects landing sites for a 11 Nov touchdown. Another small step to asteroid mining then … human space colonies?
Even down on Earth an abundance of meteoric betterments are flowing -“Compared with any time in the past half century, the world as a whole is today wealthier, healthier, happier, cleverer, cleaner, kinder, freer, safer, more peaceful and more equal.”
Not to mention, more food available – “The new harvest in 2014-15 is expected to be above average for the second year in a row and reach 303 million tonnes ” … and better fed too – “The corresponding [undernourished] world decrease … is also 17% – from 1.015 billion in 1990-2 to 842 million in 2011-2013. ” However we in the West are still following 40 year old health & nutrition mistakes. In Sweden, “100s of” 9th Grade Geography & Biology alarmist test-makers can’t even answer their own questions. Oh well.
Our present Great Enrichment came from innovation, says Deirdre McCloskey – “millions more have gas heating, cars, smallpox vaccinations, indoor plumbing, cheap travel, rights for women, lower child mortality, adequate nutrition, taller bodies, doubled life expectancy, schooling for their kids, newspapers, a vote, a shot at university and respect.” Now that’s astronomical progress!
Comet Cornucopian Brady
Finding freedom across the Aegean, at the 4thC BC architypal Lindos Acropolis, with the exquisite Aphrodite Bathing & Zorba dancing, to the joy of life. But, back down to Earth
Ooowee … we are getting better. Kepler-93b: 300 light years away, 3.8 super-Earth size, 1/6 Mercury distance, around a 90% Sun-like star, 760°C, 3 independent data sources (Keck, Spitzer & Kepler) → 1.481 Earth radius ± … wait for it … 119 km – WOW!
Now, lets observe the accuracy of our Sol-1d pseudo-scientivists. The Plastics-in-Oceans scare is now 1000x less panicky. Was it ever a problem? EU recycling laws shown wasting 45mins/house/week of “slave” time, money & energy. The Radon scare is found, again, “not statistically significant” in 57 000 Danes. The fat, cheese & sugar scarers have now apologised: “It is also time to apologise to my family for all the useless advice I’ve been giving them“. Ignore Govt health advice to get healthy? UK alarmist Guardian newspaper complains alarmist scientists, politicians & journalists are using fear & panic to get money, fame & power. Pot meet kettle. And the world cools, now for 17 yrs & 10 mths.
So, fear not, the democratization of science by the internet continues apace. Scientists are challenged for evidence and logic. The school principles of “Good Education, and Bad” are being rediscovered (even in Sweden) – knowledgeable teachers, hard working students, helping parents & quiet classrooms, supported by long-sighted laws. Academic Freedom (absent of politics, ideology & revolution) is defended – knowledge sought for its own sake. The life-of-the-mind, the precious human quality of searching for the truth (its immediate pleasure from responsible & rigorous performance) is again enlightening our world. Good!
So, time to ponder the paleoproterozoic, to imagine Banded Iron Formations settling on microcontintents accreting via volcanic island arcs onto Archean cratons 2 billion years ago. Time to touch convergent oceanic crust created green pyroxene & pink pegmatite crystals. Time to gaze & wonder out across the ice sheet smoothed shores of a sunny Eastern Sea.
Life of the Mind enjoying Brady
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Time to dream of distant shores, time to let imagination soar.
Time to search out worlds afar, time to reach out for the stars.
Hubble Ultra Deep Field 2014, now in infrared+UV+light. 10 000 galaxies, 1mm x 1mm, 1/13 millionth of the sky, 13.4 billion years deep. Gaze & wonder. WOW!
Time to dance to the joys of life, time to sail into wide blue horizons. Time to leave our worried save-the-world warriors behind. And boy, for good reasons too! Matt Ridley cogently shows how even the warmist UN-WWF Climate Panel report (IPCC 2013) predicts no Green dangers in 2100. Go figure. Bees are feelin’ fine & never better, but Enviros banned safe neonics for €17 billion in bee harming chemicals. Serial exaggerations of extinction rates plague biologist Pimm’s latest 1000x faster study, based again on broken model assumptions, but loved by the world’s Media. Renewable energy (wind & solar) has stagnated for the last 20 years, countryside spoiled & $billions wasted. Oh well.
India says $300m/yr Greenpeace is against its public good & freezes all its funds. In Russia, Greenpeace’s ship still seized. NATO says EU Greens are Gazprom-Putin paid to stop cheap European gas energy. EUs Greenpeace just lost €4 million by currency gambling up to €100 million in donations. Dare somebody tell their footsoldiers ? Even Europa (Jupiter’s moon) needs some skepticism. Is it blooming with oceans of life, as is all the Media rage now? Or, just dilute mineral water with no energy source from its 10km thick ice shell or its dead rocky core? & … “plumes” from 12 politicised 2012 pixels?
Scientific skepticism is the rigorous application of science and reason to test the validity of any and all claims; where all facts in science are provisional and subject to challenge; & has a reliance on reason, critical thinking, and a desire for verifiable testable evidence. Finally & importantly: skepticism values method over any particular conclusion.
Soooo … Time to ponder the Precambrian. Time to explore life in the Eemian, on today’s Earth, under Europa & out into our Universe. Time to dream on shores afar. Time to enjoy life in the European summer sun & time to live the life of cake mate Life & Cake Dreaming Brady
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Earth goes Live for the next 18 months, cycling between 4 HD cameras (1 forward, 1 amidships & 2 aft) showing our stunningly beautiful planet rolling beneath. So, lets gaze down on the maleficent Media “science”, during this merry, merry month of May
Climate alarmism collapses again. Antarctic ice sheets “now unstoppable inevitable collapse” may really happen in 1000s of years … or maybe longer. World respected Swedish climate scientist is ostracised by activist climatologists for daring to advise a skeptic group & insist that models be based on observations. Even warmists are shocked. But dead silence about him here, in our close-the-ranks Swedish Media. Oh well. IUCN Polar Bear officials/activists admit they didn’t count half the Arctic. Fool me twice …
Tornado & twister devastating damages are decreasing. Global greenery grows by 11% over the last 30 years. Droughts are declining too. 44 & now 23 climate models “do not agree with reality”. Opportunistic Scaremongering also plagues the wind turbine, anti-fracking. health and animal rights movements. Feel-good FairTrade is found to keep poor tea & coffee farmers poor & rich caring kids rich. Fooled ourselves again?
Also in the spotlight this month: Activist Scientists – “the one phenomenon that seems to have escaped the notice of scientists, environmentalists and the media alike is that, perhaps above all, climate change is making us stupid.”; Academics – “there is but one proper role for the academe in society: to advance bodies of knowledge and to equip students for doing the same. When teachers offer themselves as moralists, political activists, or agents of social change rather than as credentialed experts in a particular subject and the methods used to analyze it, they abdicate their true purpose.” ; and Teachers – “So, gentle readers of this blog, do you think eco-activism should be given a free rein within schools? Do you think you should participate in raising fears, followed by giving detailed guidance on how your pupils should live, as well as on what they should think? Do you think it is part of your job to burden your pupils with ‘saving the planet’ and putting pressure on their parents? Says Fish: “Do your own job, not somebody elses.”
So, lets check up on our polycoloured politicos, Enviros, Big Businesses & ourselves. See that we are not conned by noble-cause corruption, tricked by trendy groupthink &/or fooled into feel-good quick n’ simple fixes. Let’s not give away our time & money, votes, caring & happiness undeservedly. No sweeping under uncomfortable scientific facts or giving free passes to argumental fallacies of logic. Teaching not preaching, learning not believing. Our world, our planet: beautiful, rare & lucky. Not to be to be gambled away to fear & fashion but nurtured with science & reason. Enriched & expanded, outwards & upwards .. and so making our world even better & bigger … & even more wonderous.
Lucky Earth Living Brady
Posted in Antarctic, Astronomy, Books, Climate, CO2, Droughts, Education, Energy, Geology, Glaciers, Greens, Health, Ice, Oceans, Optimism, Political Climate
Sherlock (12:10) : ”These are my rats, John. If they start to move, I need to know”
The ever gloomy UN-WWF Climate reports, just “sexed-up“, now supports fossil fueled fracking & naughty nuclear, saying the world is already saved so no lifestyle changes needed. Well done boys! Big Pharma’s “toxic to 1 in 150″ Tamiflu tainted Roche, now forced by the independent Cochrane Collaboration, releases its experimental data & shows Big Govs worldwide wasted $billions. Apologies coming? Greenpeace’s Polar Bears are now up & “possibly moving further east“. A movement within The Movement? Maybe.
UK Education boss now saying teachers are breaking the law when activist indoctrinating & “Green brainwashing” children. Even a music industry rapper is starting to stray, singing seditiously of “massive [climate] propaganda“. And Wikipedia is exposed again, as where woeful wrongs are wrought & truth dies online. Oh dear. New Enlightenment coming?
“We live in a world where one in six deaths are caused by easily curable infectious diseases; one in eight deaths stem from air pollution, mostly cooking indoors with dung and twigs; and billions of people live in abject poverty, with no electricity and little food. We ought never to have entertained the notion that the world’s greatest challenge could be to reduce temperature rises in our generation by a fraction of a degree.” Perhaps now we are giving up made-up human hazards & starting to concentrate on real natural hazards. Like these 5 simultaneous volcanic eruptions. Nature does not suffer fools gladly.
Freedom of Speech seems to be gaining in popularity too. The Aussie law chief is defending “views of those that disgaree” from sheer authoritarianism & feigning offence. Even the University of Colorado is defending its (only?) conservative prof disagreeing on gender: “the LGBTQRSTUW (or whatever letters have been added lately) community” Great! So, lets learn liberty. Says Mark Steyn: “If free speech is only for polite persons of mild temperament within government-policed parameters, it isn’t free at all. So screw that.”
Kepler 186f is NASAs latest Earth-like planet “discovery”. However it uses non Sun-like data around a cooler M-star & the assumptions are many. So it seems we will have a better chance with EUs ESA Plato probe in 2024 specifically designed for finding Earth’s around 1 million Sun-like stars. So let’s get our US Defence Depts DARPA 100 Year Star Ship ready for our British Icarus Interstellar World Ship voyages. Now that is a noble human goal, right up our human niche: using rational minds to search for knowledge for safer futures.
Sign Seeing Brady
Searching for truths from the past? Well, plan on digging deep.
Pleistocene Homo antecessor 800 000 year old footprints found and now washed away on English storm dug Happisburg beach pushing out Neanderthals as the earliest Europeans. Science journal admits its evidence gold standard: p-value statistics is wrong. Oh dear. The beauty of science; “the more you find out, the more you realise what you did not know.”
Movie stars, weather forecasters & politicians thinking they are each other are going native with death-spiral™ climate paleofantasies. Then calling for the purging of rationally opposing skeptics & scientists. Oh dear, back to the paleo-Soviet 1950s? EUs most enviro-scared & “in a bubble” Sweden invests heavily in olden solar & wind power as Uber-Green neighbours cut back furiously. Is Paleoenergy a fear driven tax money supported fantasy?
UK floods blamed on Global Warming by politicos, Greens & Media until … a 2005 UK Environment Agency policy directive is found saying – “Let it flood“. Apologies? Not. UK Met Office in Nov predicted a drier than normal winter. 13 of 14 wrong. What a mess.
As the famous world factist Julian Simon noted – people were inclined to believe the very worst about anything and everything; they were immune to contrary evidence just as if they’d been medically vaccinated against the force of fact. I blame our paleofantasizing Homo antecessor brains for driving today’s prelapsarian pseudoscience.
Sweden’s Feb 2014 Celsius Prize winning Planck satellite cosmologist George Efstathiou digs deep into the data producing a map of all the matter in our observable Universe (WOW!) …but questions the Universe expansion rate. New physics coming?Sweden’s Feb 2014 Linnean Prize winning evolutionary biologist Marlene Zuk inveighs against “paleo-nostalgia” —the notion that we were all better off before agriculture, or civilization, or the Industrial Revolution. There has been no point in our past when we were perfectly adapted to our environment. No perfect past diet, energy, lifestyle, climate, ecosystem ever existed. We have already evolved away (new lactose persistent genes) from our past and are molding ourselves to our world as it changes again.
Our Pleistobrains are now being adapted to our 21stC globalising world through mind tools such as critical thinking. Just like the 3Rs (reading, writing & arithmetic) the 4th R (reasoning) is spreading up through the generations now leaving us less gullible, deceived & deluded by today’s primal scares. Let’s dig in to that! :-)
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