What I Love About The World

Thursday, February 23, 2006

12. Earth

Global warming and climate change are bad.
The planet was here before us.
It hasn't fucked us up.
We (*humans) have been here for a relatively short amount of time.
We're all fucking it up.
We shouldn't (*fluke species 2nd to what's there before)
So put something back

the BBC climate change experiment……

The idea is that the academics want to run millions of different climate change models to try to predict the effects of global warming etc…….but even with the worlds fastest computers they don’t have enough computing power so they’ve hit on he idea of getting interested members of the public (hopefully 10s of 1000’s) to run a small part of the experiment using up processing power they are not using on their home PCs.

Basically you download some software from
It runs in the background when you’re not doing anything and also puts up a screen saver showing what the model says the earth would look like from space at whatever point in time the model has reached. I am running it now – it does no harm at all and it’s a good thing to be doing (Normative)
This strikes me as a good way of each individually acknowledging: (i) the harm that we're doing to earth (a certain environmental conscience that hopefully we all have), and (ii) a willingness to act according to this conscience

*Ps, Go and listen to Metallica "Seek and Destroy", the solo on 3.39 (if you have it up loud enough, i.e all the way up to 11) should blow your mind (if you're mildly stoned). Or else Mercury Rev's "Little_Rhymes".


At 10:49 AM, Anonymous bill(y) said...

highly paradoxical?

"using computers and electricity to solve the problem of climate change"

At 11:13 AM, Anonymous g said...

necessary evil?

At 12:42 PM, Blogger bob said...

it is magical that we are concerned about things that will probably have no effect on ourselves in our lifetimes.

*tries not to slip into nihilism*

At 6:33 PM, Anonymous g said...

yeh but i don't think that's necessarily the best basis to decide how you're going to act. What about our kids etc, the Deep Ecology argument etc etc, ..


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