Monday, September 4, 2017

Global Warming: Denialists

There are two general types of denialists when it comes to the issue of global warming. Those that don't believe that things are warming up, and those who don't believe human activities contribute to it. As for the first group, they're either simply misinformed, or else they're practitioners of the "ignorance is bliss" philosophy. The second group overlaps somewhat with the first one. For them, they simply either don't understand that CO2 is a greenhouse gas, and/or they don't understand the physics of the greenhouse effect.

A good place to start is with a simple straight forward science demonstration using two clear 2-liter soda bottles filled partially with water, Alka Seltzer (releases CO2 when it is immersed in H2O), a lamp, and two thermometers. This will show the greenhouse effect in action.

Extrapolating the above to how our atmosphere warms up to proportionately higher temperatures by increased levels of CO2 is straightforward. And then realize that if it weren't for this fact, the Earth would be perpetually frozen over with ice. Indeed, in the early geologic history of our planet, temperatures were much higher than now despite the sun's output being much fainter. The reason was very high levels of methane and CO2 greatly amplified the greenhouse effect. This allowed water to remain in its liquid state and for life forms to begin.

Tao Te Ching - Dao De Ching - By Lao Tzu

Taoism is an ancient tradition of philosophy and religious belief that is deeply rooted in Chinese customs and worldview.

The Tao Te Ching, Daodejing, or Dao De Jing (道德經: 道 dào "way"; 德 dé "virtue"; 經 jīng "classic" or "text") also simply referred to as the Laozi, is a Chinese classic text. According to tradition, it was written around the 6th century BC by the sage Laozi (or Lao Tzu, "Old Master"), a record-keeper at the Zhou Dynasty court, by whose name the text is known in China. The text's true authorship and date of composition or compilation are still debated, although the oldest excavated text dates back to the late 4th century BC."

"The text is fundamental to both philosophical and religious Taoism (Daojia, Chinese: 道家, Pinyin: Dàojiā; Daojiao, Chinese: 道教, Pinyin: Dàojiào) and strongly influenced other schools, such as Legalism, Confucianism and Chinese Buddhism, which when first introduced into China was largely interpreted through the use of Daoist words and concepts."

"The Complete Tao Te Ching"
81 one minute chapters read to music
(no commercials):

TAO In Everyday Life (43 minutes)

Dao De Jing or Tao Te Ching - Book of the Way (1 hour 43 minutes)

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