Climate Change from idea to perception to almost truth

This is the third attempt that I have made to write an essay for today. At one time the previous two attempts would have reached the waste paper bin, but these days failed attempts are simply cremated before they are born.

I thought about writing about Europe, and then thought again. I thought about writing about the snow, but my ideas about the snow were, like the snow on the pavements, rather stale and icy. So I decided to write about the fundamental point about this blog, which is about ideas.

Ideas come first. If you get an idea, grab it, test it, and share it with others until you can define it. At that stage the idea may be ready to become a rational concept. In order to shape an idea into a rational concept you must make it into a logical self contained statement.

If you get that far you must then take the concept and see whether you can prove it. There are many ways of proving a concept, but whichever you if you can properly prove a concept you will have discovered whether the concept is true.

If the concept is true it becomes useful, because you can then recommend action based on its truth. If a concept is not true then that is also useful because you can discount recommending action based on the untruth of the concept.

Over the past four and a bit years of writing these essays I have written more about climate change than any other topic. The ideas that I have had about climate change have in some cases developed into concepts, but I have been unable to prove or disprove them, like everyone else who has grappled with the concept of climate change.

In that case I have to fall back upon my perceptions, which are the result of my study, my education and my environment and the product of a thinking reasoning mind which has its reasoning inevitably affected by bias, prejudice and emotions. Perhaps that is no bad thing and perhaps perception requires this kind of distorted amplification of reason.

I cannot be sure, but I am much more sure than unsure that climate change is happening at a far more rapid rate than humanity has ever experienced and that the reason for this rapid rate of climate change is the stuff that humans put into the atmosphere and that this climate change is irreversible. That is my almost truth, from idea to concept unproven but honed by perception, and I hope to goodness that I am wrong.

6 Responses

  1. Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses their own intelligence.

    The dinosaurs died out without trace very suddenly were are told, due to fossile remains, they were around for millions of years and in a few thousand years vanished, but if we allow our perceptions to be institutionalised what can we expect.
    Everyone gains a narrower and narrower field of sellected or steered knowledge in which he must be an expert in order to compete with other people. The specialist knows more and more about less and less and finally knows everything about nothing.

    I am convinced that money is not the root of evil but evils main weapon, that in the wrong hands creates all the problem not shared by true nature. It is a wonderful tool to get others to communicate, but brings about a situation where life is cheap, others suffer and steal the souls of the unborn.

    With these problems within our immediate enviornment constantly changing ourviews how on earth are we to use or intuition. One day we will awaken and smell the freshly made coffee on offer.

    • We are drowning in information, but starved for knowledge.

  2. More news from the boffins.

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/01/24/greenland_ice_sheet_simply/

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/jan/24/eu-carbon-price-crash-record-low

  3. Wasn’t sure where to slot this one Rob, but here we have waste on a biblical scale, just imagine how many free solar panels that burnt energy could be made, to save energy in house.

    This and thousands of other reasons tells us we are being hoodwinked mate, they care for nothing but money, power and false security.

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2013/01/16/169511949/a-mysterious-patch-of-light-shows-up-in-the-north-dakota-dark

  4. http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=1&source=web&cd=5&cad=rja&ved=0CFMQtwIwBA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DANMTPF1blpQ&ei=kNMKUbP4CoWY1AWhx4GAAw&usg=AFQjCNGstJkTK6Dtft3H3Obr3yb6Hi7c8Q&sig2=PKSu6AW87xtkkZnj8Mkkaw&bvm=bv.41642243,d.d2k

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