Ray Pierrehumbert does a guest turn at Dot.Earth. Judging from the picture this is from his Chicago days. Given that he is now at Oxford, perhaps a bit more in the Gloucester Fisherman line of apparel might be more appropriate. Eli had pretty much given up on Dot Earth because Revkin is a balancer
of the first water. Interestingly the tide does appear to have changed
and wmar and Adrian O are being challenged.
In talking about the ambition and results of LIGO he notes that
This is just one of the most dramatic examples of what we are capable of, given the chance to be our best selves. In science, I’d rate the revolution in detecting and characterizing exoplanets way up there as well. There’s no limit to what we can accomplish as a species.But, you knew there would be a but
But we have to make it through the next two hundred years first, and this will be a crucial time for humanity. This is where Destiny Studies and our paper on the Anthropocene come together. The question of why we should care about the way we set the climate of the Anthropocene is far better answered in terms of our vision for the destiny of our species than it is in terms of the broken calculus of economics and discounting.and Ray points to an important responsibility that Earthlings have
For all we know, we may be the only sentience in the Galaxy, maybe even in the Universe. We may be the only ones able to bear witness to the beauty of our Universe, and it may be our destiny to explore the miracle of sentience down through billions of years of the future, whatever we may have turned into by that time. Even if we are not alone, it is virtually certain that every sentient species will bring its own unique and irreplaceable perspectives to creativity and the understanding of the Universe around us.This is a powerful moral argument.