posted on Feb, 28 2009 @ 12:05 PM
Originally posted by cognoscente
I find it strange how most of you believe "astro-environmental" causes are more likely than things actually happening right here on our planet.
Local causation just seems much more likely. You have the Hadley cells, air currents, the global ocean currents system, thermal convection, the carbon
feedback cycle, etc. Phytoplankton are even making clouds...
In an effort to deny the reality of our affect on the planet, we shift our attention to so-called phenomena in space, which we have absolutely no
control over. That seems like a nice coincidence, doesn't it? It takes the blame off us, and allows us to spend and consume without moral recourse
for the costs we are incurring on the planet. We can now truly live in excess without care for cause.
Agreed, noted and starred. Thanks cognoscente!
FYI - I DON"T believe " "astro-environmental" causes are more likely than things actually happening right here on our planet." I emphatically do
not believe that an "either/or" presentation is useful.
...I think it's clear that our planet is a complex dynamic system, impacted and influenced by a variety of factors near and far. I also agree that
human activity has profound and complex effects on our environment and planet's system(s). Kind of a no-brainer, IMO.
I do not believe that acknowledging a variety of relevant truths detracts from understanding - rather, such acknowledgment leads to greater knowledge,
and better potential for appropriate action.
So true - we cannot control "so-called phenomena in space," BUT we can clean up our own act and get our own house in order.
I hope accurate information will highlight the urgency of the problem, and the need for global planning and response.
BTW - I believe in the democratic process - despite its failings and drawbacks. I do NOT believe that short-circuiting the process by censoring
information leads to more "efficient" or effective responses. Yes, it takes a frustratingly long time for people to assimilate and integrate new and
contradictory information - but in the end, I respect the process, and the need for it.