Monday, June 20, 2011


If I could, I'd give everyone in the world two gifts, uncertainty and humility. Maybe that would change humanity's future.

What Will Happen If It's All Burned

What will happen if all of the fossilized carbon remaining buried in the ground gets burned? Do atmospheric carbon dioxide and methane return to the levels that they were before the carbon got sequestered by minute organisms? Will the climate stabilize at a much hotter level? Do we know what the climate was like in (pre-Cambrian?) times? Will inland seas re-develop? How much coastline will be inundated worldwide? Will every coastal city be gone? Will Chicago become the U.S. Capitol, because Boston, NYC, D.C., Baltimore, Miami, New Orleans, L.A., San Francisco and Seattle, among many others, will be gone?

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Multiracial America

I hope everyone knows: "Last week [January 8, 2011] we saw a white Catholic male Republican judge murdered on his way to greet a Democratic Jewish woman member of Congress, who was his friend. Her life was saved initially by a 20-year-old Mexican-American gay college student, and eventually by a Korean American combat surgeon, and this all was eulogized by our African American President." ~ Mark Shields, PBS

Thursday, June 16, 2011


Oxygen and water...the two most critical elements for human survival. In this story, they are inextricably linked. The story of the threat to the air we breathe is deceptively simple. It's based on 3 scientifically proven facts (well 4, actually, by implication).

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


On Scepticism

"I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure." (Attributed, in various forms, to Clarence Darrow)

On Reality

Our perception of external reality is sensory experience. Not just sensory input, but experience, a combination of sensory input and how a particular brain processes it.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Duration Of Love

"The duration of love in a being always depends upon the loved one. I create an emotion in you, as you create one in me. You do not create it in yourself. It is because something in my personality causes an answering glow in yours that you love me."