The Philosophy of Global Warming

If you are interested in the relationship between the human species and the rest of life on Earth, individual and collective human purpose, evolution, cosmology, the nature of reality, astrology, spirituality, and how all of this relates to global warming & the environmental crisis of modernity, then I am sure that you will like my new book 'The Philosophy of Global Warming'. In the post below I have provided the book description, the list of contents and the first two sections of the book. You can find out how to get hold of the book by clicking on this link:

The Philosophy of Global Warming

Sunday, 31 July 2016

The History of Our Solar System

You will probably be aware that in my writings I provide an account of everything from the nature of the universe, the meaning of human existence, the processes through which everything evolves, and the cosmic role of the 'environmental crisis' and human-induced global warming. In this post I provide an excerpt from Chapter 4 of my book The Philosophy of Global Warming. The title of this chapter is 'The History of our Solar System'. Here is the excerpt:

The Earth has sustained life for most of its history. Life has evolved from simple beginnings to highly complex animals. Complex animals have evolved culture, and human cultural evolution has similarly evolved from simple beginnings to globalised technological society. Taking the Earth as a whole there is a continual evolution from the simple and unconnected, to the complex and interconnected. We are a part of this great unfolding and evolving process. You might have been told that the evolution of life-forms is solely down to natural selection and that humans evolved as a fluke. What a limited understanding! The evolutionary processes of life and of human culture are underpinned by cosmic forces. The Earth is the womb of Solar-Systic Life, but that life is propelled forward by the entire body, the entire Solar System. The development of a baby in the womb of its mother is not isolated from the actions of its mother. Similarly, the development of life on Earth is not isolated from the movements of the Solar System (as has been known by astrologers for a very long time). As the planets swirl through their orbits, life on Earth gradually evolves from simple beginnings to globalised technological society. Swirl, evolve; swirl, evolve; swirl, evolve. From the beginnings of the Solar System, the evolution of life on Earth, the evolution of the human species, and cultural evolution to the globalised technological society of today, was effectively ‘programmed in’. The formation of the Solar System can be compared to the programming of a ‘Sat Nav’ in a car; once it was formed, both the destination and the path to that destination were already largely determined.

Where does global warming fit into this picture? We have already explored the two different types of global warming. A fundamental part of the evolving Solar System is that as the Sun ages it sends out more solar radiation; the result is the global warming of the Solar System. This means that over time, as the Solar System ages, the planets closest to the Sun become increasingly hotter and even more inhospitable to life; whereas the planets at the extremities of the Solar System also receive increasingly more solar radiation, yet they still remain too cold for life to survive and thrive. There is only a limited temporal window in the unfolding of the Solar System within which non-human-induced global warming interacts with planetary location in order to enable the emergence, survival and thriving of life. In other words, the womb of Solar-Systic life comes into existence and then it either gives rise to a successful birth, or it goes through a painful abortion.

We have already explored how the Earth stored fossil fuels underground so that it could offset the global warming of the Solar System and thereby maintain the Earth as the womb of thriving life. We have also explored how humans have released a massive amount of these fossil fuels. It is best to think of this original process of storage as an instinctive, almost automatic, part of the unfolding ageing Solar System. In other words, the process didn’t require conscious knowledge or foresight of what was required to keep the temperature of the Earth’s atmosphere hospitable for planetary life. This process is just what happens on a thriving life-bearing planet which is located in an ageing Solar System.


Tuesday, 19 April 2016

The Inevitability of the Extinction of the Dinosaurs

You might well be aware that some of my old colleagues at the University of Reading have been in the news recently because of their research into the extinction of the dinosaurs. You will almost certainly be aware of the idea that the reason that the dinosaurs went extinct was because of a meteor strike on the Earth. Those people who hold this view, a view which I have known to be false for decades, use it to draw the conclusion that the evolution of the 'human' was a fluke, because if that meteor had just missed the Earth then the dinosaurs would still be the rulers of the Earth and the 'human' would never have evolved.

If you have read my books, or previous blog posts on this site, then you will be aware that for years I have written that the evolution of life from simple beginnings to the 'human' is inevitable, and that 'fluke' events such as whether or not a meteor strikes the Earth make no difference whatsoever to this process, this inevitable evolution of the 'human'.

The opposite view, that evolution is directed by fluke, that if were not for that random meteor strike, that the dinosaurs would still be ruling the roost is still surprisingly common in the collective psyche. This is why the researchers at the University of Reading were so surprised by the outcome of their research, which is that the dinosaurs were well on their way to extinction before the meteor strike. The lead researcher, Dr Manabu Sakamoto, states that: "We were not expecting this result".

In other words, whilst doing the research the researchers had the belief that the dinosaurs went extinct because of a meteor strike! At least they are not so clueless now. You will see from the above link that their conclusion is described as "revolutionary". Well, not that revolutionary! Revolutionary suggests something utterly new. If you have been reading this blog since 2010 then you will have known since then that the extinction of the dinosaurs had nothing to do with a meteor strike.

The simple fact is that the primal forces which drive the evolution of life forwards to the 'human' are not affected by random events. As the Earth ages through time, there are stages of evolution through which various life-forms arise and fall away on the planetary and Solar-Systic journey towards the technological zenith that we call the 'human'. The dinosaurs had their time, their role in this unfolding process, and their demise had nothing whatsoever to do with a meteor strike,

This has been obvious to me, and hopefully to you, for a very long time. Despite the surprise of the researchers, there is nothing 'revolutionary' about this conclusion.


Saturday, 30 January 2016

The Goldilocks Zone

A few days ago I came across an article concerning the Goldilocks Zone in the latest edition of the New Scientist magazine. It is a terrible article. The author clearly has no idea what the Goldilocks Zone is, yet he has written an article about it which was published in the magazine.

The Goldilocks Zone is that part of a solar system in which life can survive and thrive. Life can pop up all over the place in terms of microbes, but if this occurs outside of the Goldilocks Zone then this life is doomed to a simple and relatively short existence; it won't be able to evolve into complex life-forms, it won't be able to flourish. For life to flourish it needs to be in the Goldilocks Zone, the segment of a solar system which is neither too close to the Sun (too hot for life to flourish), nor too far from the Sun (too cold for life to flourish). In our Solar System the Earth is in the heart of the Goldilocks Zone. The Earth is the womb of solar-systic life. The Earth is thus the only part of the Solar System which can bring forth complex life-forms like humans, dolphins and dinosaurs. Of course, life has popped up elsewhere in the Solar System, after all, life pops up wherever it possibly can. Indeed, the entire universe is continuously striving to bring forth life wherever it possible can. However, the existence of life in terms of microbes and the flourishing of life within the Goldilocks Zone are two very different things.

In the New Scientist article the author writes:

"What if the Goldilocks story is just a fairy tale?...It's entirely possible that the Goldilocks formula for habitability no longer holds water. Instead, perhaps we should be thinking of habitable worlds as more like raisins in a fruit cake - they can crop up randomly, almost anywhere."

('Where can life exist' by Joshua Howgego, New Scientist, 23 Jan 2016, p. 29)

The mistake that the author makes is to believe that if a simple microbe can exist outside of the Goldilocks Zone (he refers to such an existence, very grandly, as a 'habitable world'), that this undermines the very idea of the Goldilocks Zone. This is a fatal error. Microbes can exist all over the place in a solar system (like "raisins in a fruit cake") but this fact does nothing to undermine the reality of the Goldilocks Zone. The Goldilocks Zone is the only part of a solar system in which these microbes can evolve, thrive, develop and flourish into an amazing plethora of complex life-forms which come to dominate their home / host planet.