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 PARETO PRINCIPLE and ETHICS in POLITICS

ETHICAL ISSUES:  POLITICS and the PARETO PRINCIPLE

The field of ethics has changed remarkably over the years.  In the 2000 years from Plato to The Enlightenment (was it really?), ethics (originally conceived in the political sense) was correctly identified with virtue. It seems that Plato (and Aristotle) had issues with politics even then.  Things haven’t changed much in the ensuing years.  To diverge, but not really…

The Pareto Principle, commonly known as the 80/20 rule, is an amazing ratio that holds true in most cases of all types (and this is not an exaggeration).  For example: 80% of the work is done by 20% of the people; 80% of the money is owned by 20% of the people; 20% of one’s effort generates 80% of the results; 20% of the defects cause 80% of the problems (and  20% of the work causes 80%

ETHICS in the 21st CENTURY: The Way It Is, and Why

ETHICS:  COMPROMISED by GROUP THINK

Our complex culture has inexorably been redefining humanity in its own image.  It has gotten to the point where a progressive polity would modify our Constitution to be more in line with this redefined humanity—they would have the tail wag the dog.  (This very idea is unconstitutional.)

What’s happened was that we have over the course of time effectively subverted the historical process of our nation’s growth and development in the name of the way we’ve been led to believe that things are. The explosive growth of knowledge and technology has encouraged us to delegate the responsibility for progress to groups organized for the purpose.  In the process we have effectively signed over our own creativity, imagination and ingenuity to others, giving them permission to tell us what to think and accepting what they tell us as the way

ETHICAL ISSUES: ENLIGHTENMENT

ETHICS: A PERSONAL ENLIGHTENMENT    (Part II)

Part  I  of this article told of a peak experience I had about twenty years ago and something of what I’ve come to know from it.  http://www.extremeethics.org/?p=827  It concluded with a brief narrative on the consciousness that underlies the Universe, and how we are integrated with it.  Part  II  concludes the article with something of what I’ve learned from it personally.  It was a true enlightenment and is presented here for your consideration.  What you do with it is up to you…

The Big Bang theory about the beginnings of our universe satisfies most of the scientific community because: 1) it makes sense; and 2) vital parts of it can be proven. Basically it postulates that the universe began about 13.7-billion years ago from a singularity—a dimensionless point—whereby mass (no

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