Friday, September 16, 2005
No more punctuation, please
James Pinkerton writes in Tech Central Station:
[G]uaranteeing the survival and revival of species isn't just a matter of ecological guilt-alleviation, or even of economic opportunity-seizing. The ultimate issue is the survival of everything that inhabits this pale blue dot of a planet. The same scientists who say that an asteroid killed off the dinosaurs 65 million years ago now say that there have been dozens of big hits over the eons -- that asteroid strikes put the "punk'd" in punctuated equilibrium. And one of these days, a Really Big Rock will come along and end everything. Or, alternatively, maybe we'll be fried by the sun -- assuming that we don't get fried by each other first. [Links in the original.]Read the full piece, "Ultimate environmentalism." Controversial, I suppose, but interesting nonetheless.