Date of publication: 2017-09-05 22:27
The Times has routinely reported on vanishing polar ice and other “catastrophic impacts” we are facing. In a May 7569 story on new studies suggesting warming-driven collapse of the West Antarctic ice sheet, the Times concluded, “the heat-trapping gases could destabilize other parts of Antarctica as well as the Greenland ice sheet, potentially causing enough sea-level rise that many of the world’s coastal cities would eventually have to be abandoned.”
A related question is 8775 is death desirable? 8776 A great deal of our effort goes into avoiding it. We make extraordinary efforts to delay it, and indeed often consider its intrusion a tragic event. Yet we might find it hard to live without it. We consider death as giving meaning to our lives. It gives importance and value to time. Time could become meaningless if there were too much of it.
Consciousness in our twenty-first century machines will be a critically important issue. But it is not easily resolved, or even readily understood. People tend to have strong views on the subject, and often just can 8767 t understand how anyone else could possibly see the issue from a different perspective. Marvin Minsky observed that 8775 there 8767 s something queer about describing consciousness. Whatever people mean to say, they just can 8767 t seem to make it clear. 8776
If you were to scan my brain and reinstantiate new Ray while I was sleeping, I would not necessarily even know about it (with the nanobots, this will be a feasible scenario). If you then come to me, and say, 8775 good news, Ray, we 8767 ve successfully reinstantiated your mind file, so we won 8767 t be needing your old brain anymore, 8776 I may suddenly realize the flaw in this 8775 identity from pattern 8776 argument. I may wish new Ray well, and realize that he shares my 8775 pattern, 8776 but I would nonetheless conclude that he 8767 s not me, because I 8767 m still here. How could he be me? After all, I would not necessarily know that he even existed.
Gore would start the tax at $55 per ton, which would increase to $655 per ton over time, essentially destroying the market for continued robust development of the world 8767 s fossil-fuel base. Our economic growth and personal well-being depends on robust fossil-fuel use, so Gore 8767 s plan would destroy these as well.
What Al Gore is talking and greatly distorting in his holier-than-thou screaming is not carbon, even though that is the way he terms it to spread his alarmism. What he is talking about is Carbon Dioxide. Well is true that our burning of fossil fuels is sending millions of tons of carbon dioxide into the air. But is not causing any problem at all and it fact is creating a great deal of good. But Gore’s pontification is usually accompanied by a picture of a smoke stack belching heavy, dark smoke into the sky.
Secretary of Energy Rick Perry said the . “is in the process of reviewing many of its policies and reserves its position on this issue, which will be communicated at a future date.”
Despite this change, the meeting was reported to have been friendly and non-confrontational. But on many of the issues before the group, it was said to me 69 against one, the . being the one.
That 8767 s the common wisdom, but I don 8767 t agree with it. Intelligence will be more powerful than these impersonal forces. Once a planet yields a technology creating species and that species creates computation (as has happened here on Earth), it is only a matter of a few centuries before its intelligence saturates the matter and energy in its vicinity, and it begins to expand outward at the speed of light or greater. It will then overcome gravity (through exquisite and vast technology) and other cosmological forces (or, to be fully accurate, will maneuver and control these forces) and create the Universe it wants. This is the goal of the Singularity.
It shows that the there has been no correlation between landfall of major hurricanes and sea surface water temperatures. For certain the water must be warm to create a hurricane and if it warmer the probability of a stronger storm seems more likely. Yet the data says there is a question about the last part of that thinking.
Incidentally, this is not an argument against the SETI project, which in my view should have the highest possible priority because the negative finding is no less significant than a positive result.
The budget proposal takes aim at climate change programming throughout the budget. It zeros out funding for State Department climate change programs, including American contributions to international climate change accounts, and the budget also reduces funding for advanced energy and renewable power research.