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Clipped from YouTube, this video is a powerful reminder that asking the skeptical questions is the first and only requirement of being human. Without skeptical inquiry we would still be napping flint weapons, living in caves, and wandering about the plains in search of food. Asking skeptical questions, however, is not a remedy for ambition, hubris, or evil. It is not a remedy for those who believe without evidence. It is not a remedy for stupidity. Skepticism is, however, the springboard to human progress and greatness.
And this is a powerful response to Pale Blue Dot.
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Seth Borenstein, writing for the Associated Press and reported by Yahoo says, in part:
As the world warms, water — either too little or too much of it — is going to be the major problem for the United States, scientists and military experts said Monday. It will be a domestic problem, with states clashing over controls of rivers, and a national security problem as water shortages and floods worsen conflicts and terrorism elsewhere in the world, they said.
Borenstein is reporting on a scientific report on global warming pointing out what many already know, that water will be the next natural resource over which global wars are to be fought. Forget oil, simple water is the resource of the future. Never mind whether you want to believe in the threat of global warming (the perpetual deniers claiming there just isn’t enough science to prove or disprove the danger) the point here is that water, something the United States will have in abundance, will become the most sought after commodity a very short time into the future. The real question, it seems to me, is do we have the political courage to do something NOW about the potential of global warming, the world wide threat of human contribution to the destruction of our environment, the only one we have by the way, or do we close our eyes to the potential–even if you believe the potential to be small–and bury our heads in the sand? I want to suggest that in the case of saving our planet it is far better to err on the side of caution than to do absolutely nothing until it really is too late.
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