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Terracide: A Green Wager v Pascal's Wager

Terracide: A Green Wager v Pascal's Wager

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To believe or not to believe, that is the question, what is the cost?
To believe or not to believe, that is the question, what is the cost?

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Published by: Steven Schmidt on May 30, 2013
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Green Wager 
‘Terracide’, Pascal & a ‘Green Wager’
Facebook / May 24, 2013https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=615274991818188&set=a.101255686553457.2666.100000070797328&type=1 Like William Safire, Tom Engelhardt is a classic wordsmith who knows how to articulatewhatever's on his mind. He's outdone himself with his newest sharp-edge vernacular idea -'terracide.' Terracide is a word I've been looking for to describe the present-day destructionof biospheres that amounts to an eradication of life due to out-of-control 'progress.'To put it bluntly, our generation is causing the gene pool and environmental systems to recedein cataclysmic ways as we go about our business of 'making a living.' And as we pro-gress, were-gress, threatening the future of life on earth. With an assist from Nick Turse, Tom has founda word to capture this natural disaster, a word better than any I've used as a green writer, better than any I put into the Green Platform when it was drafted. Perhaps 'terracide' should be added tothe Green lexicon. Terracide. It has a ring, it resonates. Terracide is, as Engelhardt defines it --"to destroy our planet with malice aforethought, with only the most immediate profits on the
 brain, with only your own comfort and well being (and those of your shareholders) in mind: Isn’tthat the ultimate crime? Isn’t that terracide?" Here's Tom Engelhardt's 
Green Wager 
a few quick adds 1) the music I'd propose to accompany the concept of Terracide isKoyaanisqatsi - 'Life Out of Balance' - by Philip Glass, re-listen, and re-watch the movie, produced out of Santa Fe, a city named for the 'holy faith' of St Francis, the patron saint of theenvironment and life on earth... the director comes out of a Christian bros bkgrd btw 2) the GreenParty platform of the US Greens was first drafted in Santa Fe, for what it's worth and 3) the new pope, Francis, who comes out of a Jesuit bkgrd for what it's worth, has announced his affinity toSt Francis and the environment, perhaps he can help communicate a message of renewal, peaceand sustaining life on earth -- he started in the right direction in his first pronouncements,choosing the name Francis and speaking of the need to protect the planet... hopefully he stays 'onmessage' and continues to speak of a vision affirming a future, we'll see...~http://on.fb.me/10t7jBJ ~http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4WlNj1TTqA re-recorded version of Koyaanisqatsi1. Koyaanisqatsi - 0:002. Organic - 3:253. Cloudscape - 11:124. Resource - 15:445. Vessels - 22:236. Pruit Igoe - 30:277. The Grid - 38:188. Prophecies - 59:44~
Green Wager 
Cinedigm has acquired all North American distribution rights to “Visitors," the non
-spoken narrative film from director Godfrey Reggio, composer Philip Glass andfilmmaker Jon Kane. Steven Soderberg....~
“A Green Wager”
Steven Schmidt And btw Pascal's wager might be worth a passing mention... Eternaldamnation, bah, humbug, not a snowball's chance in hell The Odds of Disaster: AnEconomist's Warning on Global Warminghttp://www.pbs.org/newshour/businessdesk/2013/05/the-odds-of-disaster-an-econom-1.html 
….. for many years, Weitzman has also been working on environmental economics and most 
recently, in a series of widely cited academic papers, on the economics of global warming; themost famous, on the "Economics of Catastrophic Climate Change."   Weitzman's central idea is not unlike the legendary bet proposed by the 16th century Catholic French philosopher Blaise Pascal. One way to interpret Pascal's argument: even if you think thelikelihood of God's existence is vanishingly small, the cost if you're wrong - eternal damnation -is infinitely high. An infinite cost times even a tiny probability is still ... an infinite cost.So you make a finite investment by believing in God and acting accordingly in order to avoid an infinite cost. To put it another way, you're obliged, mathematically, to make the investment in
 Certain events, however unlikely you think they may be, could have such enormousconsequences, you just can't take the chance of letting them happen
 The bottom line is that if we continue on a business-as-usual trajectory, then there is some
non-trivial probability 
of a catastrophic climate outcome materializing at some future time.

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