General Science

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Thing 1: Do you think climate change is a problem?

Thing 2: Of course, higher levels of CO2 in the air causes warming which disrupts the equilibrium of ecosystem in the form of higher sea levels, stronger weather events, animal/insect extinction, etc. Would end the habitability of our planet. Sad that we’re doing this to ourselves.

Thing 1: Lets say all of that is true. Is it peculiar that CO2 levels have increased by about 30% over the last few decades despite the human population growing over 300%? If people are the primary cause of CO2 in the atmosphere, shouldn’t we have seen it triple?

Thing 2: Does it matter? Wouldn’t it be better to take action now regardless of whatever the peculiarities might be? We only have one planet after all.

Thing 1: I don’t know if any action needs to be taken. Could this discrepancy reflect how much more efficient we’ve become with energy use over time. I think that could mean we’ll reach a point where our CO2 emissions will eventually level out without changing the rate of technological progress. The problem of “climate change” may solve itself.

Thing 2: I don’t think so but time will tell.


Culture Science

To be, or not to be

Ay: Why wouldn’t you be pro-choice? Aren’t you right-wingers all about personal freedom?

Se: I am about personal freedom. There’s another person involved though; the baby. The baby didn’t choose to be conceived. Why should their life end because the parents decide to end it?

Ay: Its not a person tho. It’s just a clump of cells. Why should a woman have to sacrifice her personal freedom for a clump of cells? I understand that it is a life, a human life in fact, but her rights supersede the rights of cells. I feel it can be treated as a “Person” when consciousness is established. In addition the cells cannot survive on their own. They can’t feel anything either. Til then, woman chooses.

Se: The science is pretty clear. Even as just a bundle of cells, it is undergoing metabolic processes, replicating, growing, contains human DNA that is uniquely different from any other human being that has ever existed or will ever exist in human history (barring identical twins). We can agree that it is human, even as a single cell its a human. Person-hood I believe should be established at the moment of conception. Would you describe someone who is brain dead (not conscious) as deserving of person-hood? Would you describe a preemie as not a person because they cannot take care of themselves? What about a new born?

Ay: That’s different. If the organism is sentient then preserving life is a discussion that can be had. I cant see how it makes sense to force a woman to sustain a bundle of cells.

Se: I really comes down to how we perceive human life.

Ay: Agreed. Two Movies One Screen.