On Global Warming and Other 'Geological
Economics Note 7 -companion piece to
Modern man is relatively unaware of the effect he has on the resource/environment of his 'whole-world/econiche' -that, for the seriousness of its implications to his existence, it can be viewed only in 'geological time-frame' sense -much the same as an epoch of the Cenozoic era, for example.
Hominid evolution permanently alters this 'essentially mechanistic' situation however, in that humans are (now) deliberatively capable of assimilating the etiology of their existence into a genetic imperative and 'a nature and course
of human evolution'; they are also, therefore, 'uniquely capable of manipulating geological time-frame constitution' in ways -'hindsight' speaking, 'which may not be consonant the best well-being and viability of the organism-whole' as is determinable
only heuristically alone in that Nature and Course of Human Evolution.
[*4 - re: extinctions et cetera-
No 'great stretch of imagination' is required to identify geological time-frame with (among many other things) global warming; fishery, arable land and oil-energy depletions; riverine and estuarial biomass 'corruption' from deforestation, river-damming, and agricultural and civilizational run-off; and 'inadvertent extinctions' by man of mammoth, moa, dodo, Giant Auk, Steller's sea cow, passenger pigeon et cetera. -Mankind has been a 'geological time-frame factor', in this respect, for at least 10,000 years.]
Humans (however) are in a still-diasporative stage of econiche inhabitation; they are, therefore, also of the same 'essentially mechanistic' disposition as warm-blooded, non-deliberating animals at that same stage -which means,
'deliberatively' speaking, that humans have 'little concern for resource/environment affect' -and therefore even less understanding of the role of that affect in their 'heuristically-to-be-determined and ultimately critical best well-being
and viability of the organism-whole'. Add to this extremely complex body of earthly life-form intermechanisms the fact that each has a momentum attaching it -human reproduction in particular, and the difficulty of containing that momentum- and one
may (should?) begin to understand the gravity of the situation.
-In effect, we have no idea what we're doing.
1 - Our continuing 'best well-being and viability' depends upon what we discover about the organism and what there is of the resource/environment to be discovered 'useful to that best well-being and viability'.
2 - Global warming notwithstanding, there is some probability of 'dynamic stability' succeeding our presently diasporative mode of inhabitation with successively uncorrupted successively polar resource/environment'.
3 - Global warming however, opens use of that resource/environment to our 'generally still warm-blooded cerebrating vertebrate mentality' -use and inhabitation that might otherwise be 'more judicious'...
4 - The sooner we incorporate 'black-box thinking regarding classical diasporation, saturation and dynamic stability', in other words ... , the more we leave of that polar and sub-polar resource/environment to 'optimizing best well-being and viability'.
(-from The 'Black Box' Nature and Course of Human Existence)
First posted: December 7, 2000 Last Updated: January 7, 2003.2