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
Posted in Antarctic, Arctic, Astronomy, Books, Climate, CO2, Energy, Greens, Health, Nuclear Power, Optimism
MagAO now splits the 4 beautiful Trapezium stars, near Orion’s Belt, more sharply than ever before. Seeing more clearly has real world applications too. Let’s also try some new Adaptive Optics of our own to “overcome atmospheric turbulence, which plagues Earth based” politicized science today. So, looking sharply through The Media “hot air” we see …
Out with the certainty-chaining precautionary, IN with the Proactionary Principle: which “valorizes calculated risk-taking as essential to human progress”, our species’ defining activity. Forget sustainable (& survivable & resilience), IN with 2-steps-ahead Thrivable, producing a working world + an Antifragile one with “joy, delight and awe“.
So, what’s up? Arctic ice is UP 73% (green) & Antarctic ice is again at record highs. The world cools & the new UN climate report (IPCC AR5) is condemned, again and again. Europe pulls the Green plug on renewables: a bad idea(ology), best forgotten?
Our human created abundant resources are even less needed as our globalizing civilization now dematerializes. This all under a business-as-usual human drive for thriving progress, despite staunch & continued Enviro-warrior resistance. Humanity wins out again :-)
Behold then, this enigmatic wandering pale blue dot (as seen by future proactive starship explorers returning laden with warming hearts) our wonder home - Earth.
Stellarly Proactionary Brady
Posted in Antarctic, Arctic, Astronomy, Books, Climate, Education, Energy, Greens, Ice, Oceans, Optimism, Temperature
Time to dream of distant shores, time to let imaginations soar. Time to search for worlds afar, time to reach out for the stars.
Gute Land in the Eastern Sea awaits me. 430 million years deep in time, 100m deep in clear coral seas. Cephalaspis, our fish ancestors, struggle to safety out onto sunny Silurian shores (at 12:20). Intelligence overcomes predator Brontoscorpio, and here we are today.
So, how is it going with our own struggles out of the sea? You know, our Silurian-like insanities, our modern-day madnesses (health & energy scares, enviro- & techno- panics). “Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.” – Charles McKay (1841)
Well, we are on the way. The 4Rs: reading, writing, arithmetic & reasoning, now spread through the generations, lifting us out of our tribal status climbing. New-Enlightenment (science & reason) thinkers in Europe, America and globally battle our present day predators, asking for all data & code, freely available, over the internet & to everyone.
So now, in controlling our ape-human error-prone brains, first we reach out for the asteroids, next we go to Mars … then on and out to the stars!
Stellar Swedish Silurian summer salutations,
Paleogeographic & Astrodemographic Brady
Next: Pondering the Permian
Posted in Astronomy, Climate, Education, Energy, Extinction, Geology, Greens, Health, Oceans, Optimism, Political Climate, Sun, Temperature
[UPDATE 19 June 2013: an insightful anti-environmental panic analysis]
Another roller coaster ride “Classic Scare” on the way?
Load up, load up, load up, with rubber bullets It seems the Media-Politician-Green fear-making do-gooders are shooting away to save-the-planet, again. Groan :-( Neonics are to be outlawed, to maim our base-pesticides & so the world’s food supply.
Biofuels were their last “crime against humanity” adventure, that sent out worldwide waves of food riots, hunger & starvation. Lesson learned boys? Now the EU is getting high on the Pulp Fiction politics of their son-of-a-preacher-man Enviro-warriors.
Since 1869 bee numbers have been rollercoasting. Australia & Canada use huge amounts of neonics & have healthy bees. The Varroa mites, fungi & weather have been causing this seesaw for years. However drowning lab bees & their brains in neonics affects them. Whodathunk EU conclusion: evil humans & neonics did it: “Ban ‘em both!”.
So, Athena: Goddess of Reason, we sure are missing you & your beauty of thought these days, as Gaia worshippers empty our food baskets, once again.
Great music though, and apt lyrics too
Food Police averse Brady