Utopia: Crunching the Numbers

It's not too late to avert climate disaster.

The present may be bad, but the future will inevitably be worse. That's the attitude of many of today's environmentalists. With that kind of attitude, is it even possible to avoid a catastrophic crash of human and natural systems? Or can we recover from this path we are on, if only we do something, quickly?

Well, this is the kind of question that is worth asking the scientists who study these problems in a quantitative ecological sense, analysing it as a problem in global energy flows. The Socolow wedge diagrams out of Princeton suggest that yes, it is still possible for us to ratchet back from the edge of catastrophe by decarbonizing quite rapidly, which means applying every single method contemplated as soon and as fully as possible. We’re about at the moment where we’re leaving the cliff’s edge, but that’s better than running the numbers and finding you’re already out in space.

There are well-articulated plans t

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Sujittrachat 31 January 2014

I really like this article. You probably have heard of the Apocalypse (world evil destroyed on the last days) and the millennium (utopia reigned by Christ) of Christianity. It seems like we need a force as strong as Jesus coming back and then Satan be crushed and ousted by him. Robinson's Satan is composed of carbon and capitalism. But, emphatically, how are we going to find a miraculous Jesus to get the work started? Besides, I don't think the real Satan is carbon and capitalism, but the evil that is lurking in the heart of man since the beginning of human history, that makes weather & lifestyles bad, that makes capitalism bad, and that makes other things else bad. This evil can be countered by non-evil. Non-evil can be promoted by changing genetic and environment. Robinson mentions being eventually clever and healthy. I will use the word only healthy, both temporally and spiritually. How can we do that? Just by being good.It looks like God is giving humans a test as a judgement, either you become healthily good or you die; this is in similitude to Robinson's two choices of utopia or catastrophe. So I think the real problem of the world is moral, or something good, and doing good, in any area. I don't know either where to find Jesus. I agree with most of what is said by Robinson as to the approached methodology (inject science with other disciplines) and the way to go around (scaffolding). I just don't care much about the death of the human race or even of myself and my offsprings. If, they're not good, they do not deserve to live any way. I care more about the quality of living a good life and the goodness that has occurred intermittently in human history.