ETHICS, SPIRITUALITY, and the SUPERNATURAL

ETHICS, RELIGION, and SPIRITUALITY

[This piece was promised (in  http://www.extremeethics.org/?p=745 ) earlier.  Please refer to it.]

Why has religion been so dominant in the rise of man?   It was, until the Enlightenment called it into question and the ‘enlightened’ threw it under the bus and put their money on science.

In the first place: is religion valid?  Atheism says ‘no.’ Atheism is the belief that there are no deities to worship, one reason being that they cannot be proven.  However, atheism doesn’t necessarily deny a first cause (a cause is something that is NOT an effect).

There has to be a first cause, and whatever it was, it could not have been impossible (and as a first principle would have to be ethical). The evidence for a first cause by any name is all around us: the Universe–it’s here. That we are here is

ETHICS: MORE ON CLIMATE CHANGE…

ETHICAL ISSUES:  CLIMATE CHANGE

Sometimes the answer to an important question is so obvious that it’s easily overlooked.  Think about this:

What’s so abundant that we hardly consider it as pivotal?  Try WATER.  Oceans cover more than 70% of the earth—the amount of water in the oceans is unfathomable (pun intended).  Water vapor is an integral part of the atmosphere—75% of all ‘greenhouse gases’–(think humidity,  clouds, rain, snow).   And the human body is largely water, as are the bodies of other animals (and plants as well).  Water is not merely necessary for living, it’s necessary for life to even exist.  It is an integral part of ALL living things and the earth generally.

Water exists in all three forms of matter—solid(ice), liquid(duh), and gas(water vapor) and as such is virtually indestructible, changing form easily within a temperature range tolerable by

ETHICS and CLIMATE CHANGE II

ETHICAL ISSUES:  CLIMATE CHANGE

Yes, the earth’s climate is changing, and no, there’s no need for immediate panic.  That about sums up the current state of affairs re: global warming.

In the first place, personal experience suggests that the climate IS getting warmer, at least in the US.  I support that view because I’ve witnessed winters becoming somewhat milder over my 75 years of life on this planet.    But is there any reason to panic?  No.  The earth is in an interglacial stage, a perfectly natural phenomenon supported by the geological record.  That said:

The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) completed a controversial study a few years ago supporting the political drive to control carbon emissions, concluding that man is primarily responsible for the ‘global warming’ reportedly underway.  Soon afterward, it was found that the study was biased–far

THE BIG BANG: ETHICS and IRRATIONALITY

ETHICS, GOD, and THE BIG BANG

[This piece continues the theme of earlier blogs, as promised earlier.  Please refer to them as necessary.]

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To preface what follows: It’s been my purpose for the past several years to try to justify the physical world with the metaphysical (science with the spiritual).  Science being a child of philosophy, the two approaches to truth historically were one.  I believe that they are on parallel tracks that will link again when we finally know the truth.  It’s my goal to meld the two approaches insofar as possible while realizing that full spiritual understanding is out of my range.  Metaphysics is yet (if ever) to be mastered, and I’m certainly not the one to master it.  I’m now putting my personal views and beliefs, for what they’re worth, on the line.  You may disagree.  I

ETHICS, TRUTH and CLIMATE CHANGE

CLIMATE CHANGE: Necessity is the Mother of Evolution

PART  TWO

It’s natural…

Currently Earth is in a scientifically well-documented interglacial period.  This means that we are coming off a glacial period in the recent geologic past (10-12,000 years ago).  There have been, in fact, several glacial periods in the distant past (and interglacial periods necessarily between); there is no evidence that this pattern will not continue in the future.  Earth’s temperatures can be expected to vary in such a dynamic system, and they do. In other words, global warming is a perfectly natural phenomenon and is currently taking place as is its nature.

Only one large volcano can cause massive alterations to global temperature suddenly and can continue over an extended period of time.  Earth has experienced and will continue to experience innumerable volcanic events, all of which have contributed and will contribute to

ETHICS, TRUTH, and GLOBAL WARMING

ETHICAL ISSUES:  GLOBAL WARMING

It’s natural…

Global warming is a fact.  Global cooling is a fact.  But global warming caused by man-made carbon dioxide is not a fact (a fact being absolute truth).  Earth’s conditions continue to change because of constant cosmological and geological functioning. The earth precesses (wobbles on its axis) and its poles shift.  Temperatures change.  Sunspots affect conditions on earth; recent studies show that the sun’s activity affects the formation of certain clouds (water vapor), which themselves affect climatic conditions.  Plate tectonics move entire continental masses, and sub-sea rifting and volcanoes affect ocean currents and temperatures world-wide.  Earth is not a static entity—it’s dynamic, constantly changing, and it’s big.   Conditions on earth and in its atmosphere change as well—they must.