( Five minute read)
All animals must learn to do some things.
This is true even of those animals that function almost entirely by instinct. But exactly what that means – whether they are making rational decisions or simply reacting to their environment through mindless reflex – when it comes to making decisions, consciously considering their goals and ways to satisfy those goals before acting remains a matter of scientific dispute.
Apes and Monkeys Matriarchal Elephants, Parrots, Octopuses, Pigs, Dolphins, Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Dogs, Ravens, Pigeons, Raccoons, Foxes, Crows, Ants, Whales, are all able to reason to a certain extent, to name a few.
In the true sense of learning, is by making mistakes and remembering to avoid them in the future.
We are also animals, so how do we determine exactly what sets humans apart from other animals.
By learning from our mistakes had sharing our finds through language that we all understand and then taking correction action after reasoning that not to do so is more than dangerous.
( Reasoning can best be defined as the basic action of thinking in a sensible and rational way about something. Sounds easy, right? Most of the time, reasoning happens automatically, but there are many types of reasoning, deductive, inductive, abductive, cause and effect, analogical, critical thinking, and de- compositional.
Reasoning is the ability to assess things rationally by applying logic based on new or existing information when making a decision or solving a problem and all reasoning begins with a set of reductionist assumptions that may not be challenged.
According to the Google Dictionary:
The meaning of reasoning is “thinking about something in a logical, sensible way”.
The meaning of logic is “reasoning done according to strict principles of validity”
The meaning of sensible is “… in accordance with wisdom or prudence”
Validity means to be “factually sound.”)
However all research has its limitations so it’s important to give an explanation of how your research limitations can affect the conclusions and thoughts drawn from your research.
The first thing needed is to take the new or given information and combine it with existing information, this allows for examination of all information before starting to make a decision.
Humans possess the power of reasoning but where is it when it comes to facing climate change?
“Since systematic scientific assessments began in the 1970s, the influence of human activity on the warming of the climate system has evolved from theory to established fact.”
Life on Earth depends on energy coming from the Sun. But several lines of evidence show that current global warming cannot be explained by changes in energy from the Sun:
- The greenhouse effect is essential to life on Earth, but human-made emissions in the atmosphere are trapping and slowing heat loss to space.
- Five key greenhouse gases are CO2, nitrous oxide, methane, chlorofluorocarbons, and water vapor.
- While the Sun has played a role in past climate changes, the evidence shows the current warming cannot be explained by the Sun.
Here a few facts to put in your pipe to reason on.
People around the world are witnessing first-hand how climate change can wreak havoc on the planet.
200 million people in the world, more than three times the UK population, will live below the tideline by the end of this century.
Wildfires, from Australia to California and Greece, are raging for longer and spreading farther than ever before. Blistering temperatures are proving fatal.
A chilling number of Earth’s other denizens, including 40 percent of all amphibians known to science (about 3,200 species) is under threat due to human impact,
Plastic production and use is forecast to double over the next 20 years, and quadruple by the early 2050s,
At least 155 million people, 2.3 times as many as live in the UK, were pushed into acute food insecurity in 2020 due to extreme weather, as well as conflict and economic shocks.
Climate change is accelerating the spread of infectious diseases.
Nowhere on the planet is spared the impact of climate change.
Climate change both reduces the amount of food that’s available and makes it less nutritious.
It’s no good just having cold winters to replenish ice levels.
“The science is unequivocal.”
Once we pass a certain threshold, physics takes over it therefore stands beyond all reasoning, “If we don’t do anything, that would be cataclysmic.”
Unfortunately we are too occupied with ourselves, killing each other, making unsustainable profits looking at our selves on smartphones, and all the rest of the shit promoted by growth at all costs widening the inequalities in the world, to acknowledge that the earth we live on is in crises and if no globally action is undertaken now, (not in thirty years or any time tomorrow.) there will be no growth put a race to the bottom.
So the consequences of either ignorant of or in denial about physical alterations that climate change is going to bring cannot be left to people alone.
Clarity about the danger is in some sense is our only possible atonement for leaving not just a nuclear poison world behind but a world destroyed by climate change is another kettle of fish.
Why are we unable to see this?
Many of humanity’s most dangerous problems arise from our antiquate way of looking at the Universe, which is at odds with the principals of science that we blithely use in countless technologies.
Our cultures over the centuries downgraded the importance of having a home. To day ” the Universe” in the popular mind has become little more than a shapeless space or a fantasy setting for science fiction.
No atonement will suffice the generation to come.
Were the generation that needs to make the big jump to sustainability.
Get your finger out of where the sun does not shine and use your buying power to demand change.
Perhaps you will have noticed that taking the knee has disappeared from football ( Racism is cured) if so let sport take up the mantle of promoting sustainability by holding aloft (for a minute) a piece of the earth they are playing on.
Not until we stop focusing on or differences, classifying others into them and us will we realize the pearl we all live on.
All human comments appreciated. All like clicks and abuse chucked in the bin.