Dialogue on Two World Systems

Dialogue on Two World Systems Being a parody on Galileo’s book of similar title. Chapter 3: The Wreck of the Old 97 Premise: Our disputants, one McMannus and another, Lintzenius, are arguing the case of human induced, catastrophic global warming. As we open our scene, Lintzenius has just opined that there is serious doubt about…

Jocks for Rocks

High School Physics! What person, other than those who go into science, engineering or medicine EVER uses it?  What average 35-yr-old can explain to you the equation for the force of an impact – probably the most basic of physics equations; or acceleration; or something so mundanely ordinary as gravity. And I don’t mean being…

The Corpse of the Corp

Well it is certainly a busy time for a blogging Earth scientist with a mission to explore human (mis)understanding of the Earth and its systems. In addition to the current desire to put the general interests of the global public weal dead last in the struggle for existence, with protective preference provided to just about…

I’ll Take Mine On the Rocks, Please

There’s a single-minded fascination with glaciers. A sort of atavistic, prickling-behind-the-neck connection people seem to have with the ice ages. In Europeans, it seems to be more a vestigial connection – a sort of cultural memory. Perhaps it’s why the western populace is so consumed with the idea of global warming and the loss of…

Status Quo

You can’t ‘save’ the Earth. At least not in the sense that it should be preserved in its current state – the status quo. That’s what ‘saving’ something is. When we talk about saving the Earth, what we mean is that we should stop changing it – we should preserve it. OK – so is…