A Few Things Ill Considered

Another Week of GW News, March 2, 2008

Sipping from the internet firehose…


This weekly posting is brought to you courtesy of H.E.Taylor. Happy reading, I hope you enjoy this week’s Global Warming news roundup


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Low Key Plug

My first novel Water was published in Canada May, 2007. The American release was in October. An Introductionto the novel is available, along with the Unpublished Forewordand the Launch Talk. An overview of my writing is available here.

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“In 1776, the Scottish philosopher and economist Adam Smith (1723 – 1790) devoted a chapter of _The Wealth of Nations_ to illustrating the (benificent in his case) unintended social consequences of individual actions, and contemporary economists have developed many more illustrations. In 1963, the ecologist Garrett Hardin proposed a First Law of Ecology: ‘We can never do merely one thing.’ He intended to suggest that every action has ‘at least one unwanted consequence.’ For me, ‘never’ is a strong word, and not every unintended consequence is necessarily unwanted. But it is difficult to do one thing without entailing additional and often unexpected consequences. Even inaction achieves its desired consequences imperfectly, as Neville Chamberlain (1869-1940) discovered on the eve of World War II. I propose a Law of Action: it is difficult to do just what you intended to do.” -J.E.Cohen, page 75, _How Many People Can The Earth Support?_

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