JWG (jwg) wrote,

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Global Cooling?

We read about Global Warming all the time - there was another such article in the Boston Globe today about the noticeable effect on species. We don't read much about the coming of the next Ice Age.

William Calvin wrote a fascinating book called A Brain for all Seasons. He describes among other things how the current warming trend could accelerate the arrival of the next Ice Age because of the effect on the loop of the currents in the North Atlantic. Calvin is a neurophysiologist and has created a fascinating read with interesting stuff about paleontology, evolution, and climatology. Among other things, the web site has the entire text of the book and also some relevant articles. One such article appeared in the Atlantic Monthly in 1998; it is also on the web site; reading it is a good introduction to his thesis.

The end of the AM article has one of my favorite Auden lines.

"Those who will not reason
Perish in the act:
Those who will not act
Perish for that reason."
— W. H. Auden, 1907-1973

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