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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Well well well, we’ve won once again :-)
“By almost any measure, the world is better than it has ever been. People are living longer, healthier lives.” Food access is up: “The USDA is now projecting world record harvests [again] for corn, wheat, and rice for 2013/2014.” growing 30% faster than population, trebling since 1960. Great!
Even in sub-Saharan Africa life spans are up to 57 years and schooling up to 75%. World poverty is down over 80% in 40 years. Global income is equalising thanks to the new middle classes of the emerging economies. Global economic growth is accelerating 800%exponentially while population grew by 300%.
This calls for a song. A hug-your-hominans song! Still the One
We’ve been together since way back when, Sometimes I never want to see you again, I want you to know, after all these years, you’re still the one I want whisperin in my ear, You’re still the one — who can scratch my itch, Still the one — and I wouldn’t switch,
We’re still having fun, and you’re still the one.
:-) Europe abandons its climate-CO2 policies & cuts out wind and solar subsidies amidst rocketing energy costs, plummeting economies and massive job losses. Global warming Prof Turney disobeys his captain and gets 51 enviro-tourists and Media stuck in record high Antarctic ice while searching for no ice - 4 fossil fueled rescue ships called in :-)
Three skeptics make UK Energy & Climate politicians look like clever dugongs. So many scientists sold their skeptical souls for grants & groupthink, fame & fortune. What a waste.
Elsewhere, the Gaia space probe is now detail-mapping 1/3 of our Galaxy, like Columbus bringing home a satillite map of both Americas, instead of his Carribean scrawl. Wow! Also, our democracy and civilisation attains new heights driven by ordinary individuals’ choices not ideologies “… monogamy reduces crime rates, including rape, murder, assault, robbery and fraud, as well as decreasing personal abuses . . . increases savings, child investment and economic productivity.” More opportunities for meritorious monogamy!
Our “But, but, but …” misguided missing-evidence Malthusian pessimists continue their contiguous 5000 year long losing streak. Just a bit of bad luck Boys? From the hominan heavens to our human hearts … 2014 should make us even better, and be exciting too. :-)
Reasonably Optimistic Brady
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Earth Wind Map: entrancing, ephemeral, mesmerising, hypnotic, wonderful. Lone Java Script learner Cameron Beccario in Japan beats hands down Big Gov NCEP & NOAA with their dull monocrome US only try. Lesson learned? -more Bottom Up not Top Down
Comet ISON defied scientist’s doom predictions (sound familiar?) and survived it’s solar close shave. NASA “finds” water fountains erupting from Jupiter’s moon Europa one week after US Congress cuts their Europa space probe. Hmm … But Europe’s ESA Europa probe goes ahead. Politicized space science anyone? :-)
The BMJ shows bicycle helmets are more about fear & fashion, profit & power & public pressure than safety & science. Interesting. Bicycle helmeteers : Dutch 0.1%, Sweden 15%; US 38% & Australia is … banning biking ;-) “World agricultural output continues to rise, despite predictions of decline“. Good! Another pretense of knowledge by our Malthusians.
Big Medicine are now being shamed into releasing their own drug trial results to relieve their patients’ “avoidable suffering & death“. Big Enviros hightest paid man US EPA’s John Beale is jailed for $1 million in fraud. UK Big “New” Energy & EU Big Gov team up to increase energy poverty & excess winter deaths – “Where the corruption and personal enrichment ends and mere incompetence begins is hard to ascertain …”
“When did we let evil become stronger than us?” Tauriel, more critical thinking can help. Banishing cherry-picked data and logical fallacies will drive these parasite-like orc packs from our 21stC elvish-becoming globalising lands.
So, lets get mapping the electrical circuits of our ape brain Connectome, seeing how these “evils” can be controlled & so produce even more elf-like wonders in humans & our world.
Hobbit too Brady :-)
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Whodathunk? Not many it seems.
Optimistic facts (about nutrition, health, education etc.) are not trendy thoughts, nor Media money makers. Swedish statistics display innovator Hans Rosling shows beautifully how the poor are getting richer faster than the rich in all countries in greater numbers :-)
Testing also shows that we Westerners now know less about basic world facts than random banana snatching chimps. He blames The Media, I blame our ape-made brains. 40 years of Food Advice fibs flood the nutrition world. Now food advice skepticism is growing. Good!
Typhoon Haiyan vs The Media – Typhoon says: busiest season 1964, not 2013; Catagory 4 storm, not 5; landfall wind speeds 235 kmph, not 235 mph; mortality 1774, not 10 000; natural, not globally warmed. The Media says the opposite. Groan, again.
UK, Japan & Australia drop The Green, with Canada applauding on. Trend lines anyone? Science is not the enemy. Getting risks right & checking scientific claims is a must. An even better world will be based on skeptical-tested evidence & reason, not on ideology (-ists).
NASAs Kepler exoplanet searching satellite is now defunct but its researchers boldly make assumptions where no man has dared before. They posit non-boring life among 40 billion Earthy worlds, some just 12 light years away, modelled on only 10 candidates, based on no Earth orbit-like Earths surveyed! But hey, let’s be constructive ;-) and not be strangers in our own land, so we can tell about our terrific terrestrial truths, when we meet “them”.
Alien fact loving Brady
The Scientific Method, a healing brew to most sciences, a debilitating poison to some. Good.
Galaxy z8_GND_5296 is now the farthest, at confirmed redshift 7.51 or 13.1 billion years ago, only 700 million years after the Big Bang. However, the Dark Matter that made the galaxies has not been found … yet, by the 20x more sensitive LUX experiment. Keep on looking! Conversely, The Economist bravely battles to clean up “dirty” science, showing how up to 80% of the “soft” sciences (blue squares) can be wrong (dark blue). Oh dear.
The Global Warming hypothesis fails more testing as evidence against the UNs IPCC CO2 cools out below all predictions. But not to worry, the UN has also just appointed a 26 strong PC-spread UNESCO board of catastrophe friendly politicised scientists (incl. IPCCs head -Pauchari) to provide “up-to-date and rigorous science” to “influence” politicians. Groan.
Also, we’re-saving-the-world Greenpeace’s slow & clipped video contradicts the Russian coastguard’s full version of these CO2-driven “Arctic-30 hooligans” in action. Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive -Marmion -Walter Scott (1808)
Time for a song: Stray Cats – Runaway Boys (1981) … for our Lost Boys of Science :-)
Good science requires conscious control. What’s that? Well, consciousness is, suggests neuroscience evidence, the central thalmus neurone loops, activating the whole cortex, through richly connected neurone nodes. Scientific control comes through slavish addiction to the scientific method and logical argumentation. These are toxic tonics to fantasy world views, but also make our world even better daily … good enough to enjoy & ponder together our Universe’s edges under some starlit greenery.
Consciously Contemplating Brady
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