A team of international scientists led by Dr James Hansen, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, say that carbon dioxide (CO2) levels are already in the danger zone.
Concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere currently stand at 385 parts per million (ppm) and are rising at a rate of two ppm per year. This is enough, say the scientists, to encourage dangerous changes to the Earth’s climate.
As a result we risk expanding desertification, food shortages, increased storm intensities, loss of coral reefs and the disappearance of mountain glaciers that supply water to hundreds of millions of people.
We’ve tried to ecocide nature.
No foul if she tries to remove us in turn.
Let’s get it on. My only hope is that we can save the approximately 10% of our population that has an IQ above 118 and thus is likely to produce any kind of compassion, literature, art, music, architecture or technology worth celebrating.
After all, smarter people play nicer:
That’s the result from a new experimental study of 1,000 people attending truck driving school. The authors tested all of them with Raven’s Progressive Matrices, a real IQ test. They then put pairs of them through a prisoner’s dilemma game, and found:
[M]easures of cognitive skill [CS] predict social awareness and choices in a sequential Prisoner’s Dilemma game. Subjects with higher CS’s more accurately forecast others’ behavior….[S]ubjects with higher CS’s also cooperate more as first movers.
This set of genuine experiments improves on this older paper, which found that students at high-SAT schools cooperated more in prisoner’s dilemmas than students at low-SAT schools. Now we know it’s not just because posh, high-SAT schools facilitate a “culture of cooperation” or something like that. Smart individuals just figure it out on their own…..
Bottom line: More evidence that smarter groups are more likely to think win-win.
And smarter people make nations that are nicer places to live, even if they’re not as fertile as Africa, Central America, Western Asia, Florida, etc:
The book argues that differences in national income (in the form of per capita gross domestic product) correlate with differences in the average national intelligence quotient (IQ). The authors interpret this correlation as showing that IQ is one important factor contributing to differences in national wealth and rates of economic growth, but that it is not the only determinant of these differences.
The truth is in front of us: humanity needs a “bottleneck event” to clear out the stupid and replace them with people who could create a great civilization.
Problem: in democracy, that ain’t gonna happen, because the 90% are going to use their numbers to stop it.
Consequence: humanity self-destructs.