Saturday, August 27, 2011
Planetary INTEGRATIVE TRANSCENDENCE - the only viable future path for Earth
the only viable future path for Earth
by Anthony Marr
Egypt, Yemen, Libya, Syria... and now, Hail Anna Hazare! India. These are the vanguards of a global people's uprising poised to sweep the world.
I make this prediction due to the fact that mere "rising food prices" have deposed the long tolerated Mubarak. This is just Step #1.
Step #2 will be "food shortage".
Step #3 will be "food outrage"
Step #4 will be "Famine".
All these are predicted for planet Earth in the coming decades to various degrees around the world.
And what do the people rise up against? So far, it's been corrupt and oppressive governments, the corruption and oppression of which have gone off scale. But let's face it. All governments are corrupt and oppressive, and differ only by means and extent. The people has a certain background capacity, sometimes forced by government, to tolerate the corruption and the oppression. But it is a revolt waiting to happen. All it will take is a trigger: food prices, fuel prices, energy shortage or outrage, unemployment, inflation, empty shelves, natural disaster... to push the tolerance off limit. And these triggers are all waiting to be pulled, and who will pull them but Mother Nature herself - by means of climate change and the resulting millennium drought, which will in turn precipitate food shortage, etc., etc. Since severe climate change appears inevitable at this point, these uprisings will over the coming years envelops the world and sets it on political fire.
Now, two questions arise:
1. What will happen to the national governments around the world? Will they just fall like dominoes, leaving anarchy and chaos behind? And if they fall, how much blood will be shed? And when some fall, will they start WW3 to take the whole world down with them? Can the current forms of governments, as is, survive through this global political upheaval? If not, and faced with "change or die", what must they change into?
2. Will the global uprising have a direction, a goal, an aim, a vision? Will it be just "meet the new boss, same as the old boss"? Will it be destruction without construction? And if they are to construct, as they must, what must it be? What will it end up being? If there is a new political structure, what will it look like? Can it see humanity through the hard times to come, when the current old boys at the U.N. assuredly cannot? If so, how?
My answers below are based on the [ OMNISCIENTIFIC COSMOLOGY ], of which I conceived during my 2-month solo camping in Africa more than 30 years ago, and which I published in 2003 in the form of a 454-page book titled [OMNI-SCIENCE and the Human Destiny ] (available at www.Amazon.com) .
And as does the Omniscientific Cosmology, let's start from the beginning, in this case if not the Big Bang, then the origin, evolution and INTEGRATIVE TRANSCENDENCE of life and civilization on Earth.
About 3 billion years ago, on the early planet Earth, the molecules in the Primordial Soup integrated into Molecular Societies, which transcended into the first single-cell Cellular Organisms. Thus, from non-life, Integrative Transcendence gave rise to life.
About 700 million years ago, the cellular organisms (e.g. amoebae) integrated into Cellular Societies (e.g. corals), which transcended into the first multicellular Metazoan Organisms (e.g. fish). Thus, from the Cellular Level of Life, Integrative Transcendence gave rise to the Metazoan Level of Life.
About 120 million years ago, the Social Metazoan Organisms (e.g. bees, lions) integrated into Animal Societies (bee hives, lion prides), which transcended into the first human-based Citian (city) Organism. Thus, from the Metazoan Level of Life, Integrative Transcendence gave rise to the Citian Level of Life.
About 6,000 years ago, the Citian Organisms integrated into multi-city Communities, which transcended into the first National Organisms (e.g. ancient Greece, ancient Egypt). Thus, from animal societies and tribal cultures, Integrative Transcendence gave rise to civilization.
In 2012, according to the ancient Mayans, the world will end, wiping out life and society on all levels, and, according to modern science, it just might begin to. How? The former includes anything from solar flare to galactic alignment to the Rapture to alien invasion, while the latter includes only one thing - the Methane Time-Bomb.
The Methane Time-Bomb is a "slow bomb", one that will take decades to spend, but once detonated, it would be all but unstoppable. It would be like releasing an evil genie from a bottle; you cannot stuff him back in, or like opening a Pandora's box, all hell will break lose.
The evil genie is of course Methane (CH4), a potent greenhouse gas released in copious quantities by the cattle industry, and threatening to be released in enormous quantities once the Arctic Ocean warms up enough to melt the permafrost in the subArctic, which currently serve as a super-store-house of solid-state Methane Hydrate by the trillions of tons. Once the Arctic becomes ice-free in the summer, perhaps as early as the summer of 2013, gaseous methane will be released in the billions of tons.
Methane is 23 times as potent a GHG as CO2, and when released in enormous quantities, it will surpass the CO2, and generate its own "positive feedback loop", in which more methane will warm up the atmosphere faster, thus melting the permafrost faster, thus releasing even more methane, and so on. Once this feedback loop takes hold, the Methane Time Bomb can be said to be detonated.
If the Methane Time Bomb blows on this planet, it will warm the planet by some 15 degrees Celsius, which will kill off some 85% of all life on Earth within a couple of centuries, including most if not all of the advanced Metazoan organisms, be they mammals, avions, reptiles, amphibians, of fish, on land or in the sea, plus the major invertebrates, including ALL the corals, plus even the phytoplankton, the foundation of the oceanic food pyramid. This we cannot allow to happen.
The current policies of ALL the nations without a single exception will lead straight to the detonation of the Methane Time Bomb. This, we MUST STOP, but how?
Along two parallel tracks:
Track 1: Halt the use of combustion technology immediately or soon, and of course replace it with a broad coalition of green technologies including solar, wind, geothermal, wave and tidal, and, Thorium-based (instead of Uranium-based) fission nuclear energy, and fusion nuclear energy if feasible, but NOT including ethanol, a fuel more destructive (of tropical rainforests) than the fossil fuels. The ultimate development of this track is a global electrical SUPERGRID drawing power from all green sources worldwide and equitably distributing the electricity to all nations.
Track 2: Even if we stopped burning the fossil fuels yesterday, the Earth will continue to heat up due to the CO2 already in the atmosphere, for centuries to come. And sooner or later, it will release the Methane genie, though we might have bought us a little time. The ultimate and long term solution is to lower the atmospheric CO2 concentration back down from the current 390ppm to less than 350ppm - no mean task, in fact a mammoth undertaking.
Bear also in mind that the atmospheric carbon concentration increases by 1 ppm every year, meaning that it will be 400ppm come 2020, and that the longer we do nothing, the worse the problem will get, and the more expensive the solution will be. We are talking about major GEO-ENGINEERING here, to recool the planet. The technology is called Atmosphere Carbon Capture and Sequestration (ACCS).
Both Track 1 and Track 2 require enormous funding input beyond the capacity of any single nation, nor would corporations be interested given the lack of immediate profit potential. On the other hand, the nations in the world spends some $1.5 trillion per year in military expenditure. If the nations could learn to trust each other in non-aggression, they could collectively liberate $1 trillion for building the global Supergrid, and the global ACCS.
The military of any nation need fear no lay off, since soldiers can be trained into an Earth Defense Force; and no military manufacturers need fear financial loss, since they can be converted into Supergrid and ACCS manufactureres.
Back to the Omniscientific Cosmology, the Earth is now at the point of having produced the National Organisms, but the National Organisms have not yet integratively transcended into the single, one-and-only, PLANETARY ORGANISM named EARTH.
It is also evident that every time the planet produces a higher level of life, the new organisms of that higher level would have undergone a quantum leap in power. Compare the power of an advanced Cellular organism like an amoeba to that of an advance Metazoan organism, like a human, and the quantum leap becomes more than obvious. If and when the nations integratively transcend into the Planetary Organism Earth, Earth will have undergone yet a higher quantum leap in power, with which she can then heal herself.
Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)
www.DearHomoSapiens.blogspot.com (AM's 3rd-book-in-the-making)