One major concern I have over climate change is that it leads to over emotional reactions to the evidence. Panicky advocates of nuclear power ‘because time is running out’ is one worrying example. They assume, for example, that the news is all bad. It isn’t. Vicky Pope, a scientist at the UKs Met Office warned the recent UN world climate conference in Geneva that recent dramatic Arctic ice loss was partly a product of natural cycles rather than global warming, as was previously thought. Preliminary reports suggest there is much less Arctic melting this year than in 2007/8. Climate physicist Mojib Latif of Kiel University, Gemany is an author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He reported at the Geneva Conference that we are about to enter "one or even two decades of global cooling" rather than warming. He said, “People will say this is global warming disappearing. I am not one of the sceptics, however we have to ask the nasty questions ourselves or other people will do it.” The atmosphere that surrounds discourse about global warming is emotional, not objective. All our information about climate change comes from computer models and from real measurements taken in the world. Now some of the most respected models are showing that global warming will decrease, for a while. And Arctic temperatures are confirming this. So the ‘problem’ of climate change is now one of global warming happening not now, but maybe twenty years away. This is not a strong enough reason to embrace nuclear technology as a quick fix ‘carbon emission’ solution. I disagree with any form of unsustainable energy as it seems plain greedy to want more than we ought to have. Those green activists who advocate nuclear power or weather 'engineering' (seeding clouds for rain etc) are committing a huge mistake based on misreading the often subtle evidence for climate change. The right move is directly towards complete dependence on wind, tidal and solar energy rather than setting a terrible example to the developing world by embracing nuclear technology and all its pathological implications.
The League of what?
Polymathic adventurers like having adventures, and they are interested in lots of things. Things described by science, by words, by pictures and also knowledge encoded into multi-modal activity. By this I mean anything that involves a physical skill of some sort, a human skill: cookery, painting, gardening , martial arts, dance, acting, singing, hunting with falcons, pogo sticking, juggling.
The multi-modal skill will give you some very human reference points. Why something is hard, how it could be easier, what a breakthrough looks and feels like, the amount of energy needed to make something work or learn something new. These reference points and rules of thumb provide the basis of a learning strategy you can apply to anything. It is a major key to becoming more polymathic. (W're all a bit polymathic already).
What else? Oh yes, Aikido master Ueshiba sensei used to say that in his day a student had to steal a technique from the teacher, it wouldn't be given, let alone 'taught'...
This blog has 100s of articles covering a wide variety of subjects- the simple life, travel, self-help and writing being the main pillars of the project.
I also give occasional talks and consulting converstions on polymathics and a few other things.
Much of it spins off from the 10 books I have written, all available at Amazon among other places. The latest two being:
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This is available for kindles only. It's a very short book and is designed for people feeling a bit stressed by the mad modern world.
The other one is:
Sunday Times (May 19 2013) say: "Robert Twigger's ambitious biography of the Nile is an unexpected triumph...a scintillatingly colourful account of a river and a region Twigger knows intimately...an elegiac moving book...hugely entertaining...probably the author's magnum opus"
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"No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit." Helen Keller.