speaking of doomsday cults…

No, the other kind

This week, thousands of scientists issued a bleak and terrifying “second notice” to mankind about how we will destroy the planet unless we take “urgent” action. If this warning is as reliable as the first notice these scientists issued in 1992, we have nothing to worry about.

“Soon it will be too late to shift course away from our failing trajectory, and time is running out,” the scientists say. The article is meant to be an update on a 1992 notice — ominously titled “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity” and signed by 1,700 leading scientists — that predicted environmental catastrophes to come if humans remained on the current course.

But the 1992 statement was wildly off the mark in its dire predictions.

“No more than one or a few decades remain,” the scientists warned 2-1/2 decades ago, “before the chance to avert the threats we now confront will be lost and the prospects for humanity immeasurably diminished.”

Turns out that the world didn’t make any “fundamental changes” those scientists said were so urgently needed. If anything, it went faster in the same direction.
[story with interesting stats about the 25yrs since the previous doomsday warning]

Linear thinking in a non-linear system is bound to fail, especially if one cannot control the dominant forcing functions and doesn’t really know what the math is inside the black box.

Nature’s chaotic contrariness, combined with mankind’s flexibility, adaptability, and creativity make the future unpredictable… very unpredictable.

Like all cults whose predictions have come and gone, they move the goalpost and declare,
“But this time, it’ll work!”


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(What? Sure, a marksman can improve his accuracy by correcting his sights, but only if the sights are the problem, and only if he knows what he’s doin’.)

A former United Nations climate czar now is laughing at the suggestion of a globally centralized planning structure to address “climate change.” Which is a little strange, since [she] was the one who made that proposal just a few years ago. [story]

(What? Well, I assuuume it’s still “death to America and the climate-denying infidels.”)

One Comment!

  1. Paul Moore
    Posted November 16, 2017 at 3:33 am |

    Have we already forgotten the population bomb? On this side of the world, it was an IMplosion.