Monday, January 16, 2017

Hmm …

… Imagining our future: science fiction and climate change | A conversation with Emeritus Professor Andrew Milner | Arts News. (Hat tip, Dan Bloom.)

I know there are those who deny that anthropogenic warming is occurring, but I think they’re quite wrong. I’m persuaded by the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – why wouldn’t you be? –  if anything, I fear their predictions are over cautious and that reality might prove worse than their worst case. 
Well, it is not anthropogenic warming that people are doubtful about. It is very likely that human activity is the reason the Holocene Epoch has lasted as long as it has. What many of us are doubtful of has to do with projecting anthropogenic warming into an indefinite future. He says he believes the IPCC findings, but thinks their predictions are over-cautious. On what basis does he, on the one hand, have faith — and faith is what it sounds like to me — in the IPCC data summary, and on the other have doubts regarding their predictions? Has he considered that planet Earth does not exist in a cosmic vacuum, that, as a planet, it is subject to extraterrestrial forces (and I don't mean aliens)?

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