ETHICS ISSUES: EXTINCTION vs EVOLUTION

EXTINCTION AS A NECESSARY FUNCTION OF EVOLUTION

Those who bemoan the extinction of animals such as the hairy mammoth (probably brought about by the Clovis people eons ago) fail to appreciate that they may have been hunted out of necessity, but certainly not for sport.  It was the hairy mammoth (and other now-extinct species) that fed the populations of their times.   In other words, if the mammoth disappeared, it could be because it was consumed of necessity by the populace.  It certainly did not disappear because of the smoke from their campfires.

More recently the Maori and aborigines hunted to distinction certain species out of necessity.  Perhaps many extinct species disappeared because they had outlived their usefulness.

Those who would revive extinct species would seem to be proceeding counter to the evolutionary process rather than allowing it to function.  Taken to the extreme, their

ETHICAL ISSUES: THE ETHICS OF NATURE

NATURE’S CODE of ETHICS

It’s clear that Earth is a living planet, unique in our solar system and perhaps beyond. As a geologist/earth scientist I can speak with some authority about our planet, and there exists scientific support for the following professional/personal conclusions in spite of its necessarily deduced origins. I welcome your checking the facts.

Although Earth was born devoid of life, it seems to have created its own unique environment for it, and has remained alive since the advent of prokaryotic bacteria some 600Million years ago. That the geologic and biologic realms are interrelated is supported by the coevolution of organisms, climate and the earth’s crust as deduced from the geologic record.

We don’t know the origin of the simple prokaryotic (photosynthetic) bacteria that started it all in the preCambrian period, but the fossil record supports their existence. These simple cells (without nuclei) were responsible for altering the

ETHICAL ISSUES – GLOBAL WARMING and the IBWO

THE ETHICS of GLOBAL WARMING

Global warming is a fact, so is global cooling. But global warming caused by man-made carbon dioxide is not a fact (because it’s not proven and it’s not true).  But climate change, as a perfectly natural phenomenon, is a fact.  Currently we are in an interglacial phase which means a general warming trend.  (Glaciers require cold climate, and they are receding; therefore, earth ought to be warming…)  The ‘global warming’ scare is ill-intentioned and immoral.  Just because a politically-motivated group says that their science is right and someone else’s is wrong doesn’t mean that’s the way it is, because it isn’t.  Examine the source (and follow the money)…

For another pertinent example of questionable academic certainty, consider the saga of the ivory-billed woodpecker (IBWO) of the Arkansas swamps.  The bird had not been seen since

ETHICAL ISSUES: GLOBAL WARMING

ETHICS and GLOBAL WARMING

A (very) recent study by the United Kingdom’s Meteorological Office reports that “global warming has been virtually nonexistent for the last 16-years.”  The report states that prior to that time was a 16-year period when temperatures rose; and prior to that (a period of 32-years) temperatures were stable or declining for 40-years.  You don’t need to be told that these trends are as open to scrutiny as any others, but at least they’re not politically motivated.

What does this mean?

It certainly supports the GIGO  (Garbage In, Garbage Out) phenomenon of modeling  Models are no better than their inputs.  Existing models are necessarily incomplete–there are almost innumerable uncertainties that have significant effects on each other and the final output.  Carbon dioxide is only a minor component of the greenhouse gases that make life on earth possible (without