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Thoughts on our place in the cosmos

Thoughts on our place in the cosmos

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science." Albert Einstein We need to know how our universe began, and in the next 50 years or so cosmologists hope to have an explanation. Meanwhile, they do agree that many other universes exist. Our task at present is to imagine new possibilities, to[...]
Wacky Weather Wisdom

Wacky Weather Wisdom

Astronomers have discovered a new planet far beyond Pluto.  If there is life on that planet, the leading candidates for the Republican Presidential nomination -  judged by their comments on climate change - are as far out as its inhabitants. Donald Trump is not a believer in climate change.  He says it’s the weather that changes . . . it goes[...]
Suing Obama over Climate Change

Suing Obama over Climate Change

James Hansen, the well know Climate Scientist, was a party to a 2014 law suit against the State of Washington, supported by an organization “Climate Change for Families”.  Besides his granddaughter there were a number of infant plaintiffs in the case. In 2015 a judge heard the case and ordered the State to consider the available climate science in determining the[...]
Hope or hopelessness?

Hope or hopelessness?

James Lovelock, a highly respected scientist, thinks that saving the planet from climate change is ‘beyond our ability’ , and we should stop wasting time trying to tackle global warming.  In his view  “. . . saving the planet is a foolish, romantic extravagance.” He reconciles this conclusion with his belief in the capacity of humans and robots and the planet to[...]