Thursday, December 20, 2007

How lucky do you feel?

Which will it be, column thinking or row thinking? Don't know what I'm talking about? Well, then you're out of it.

Everybody who's anybody has seen this video and can talk about columns or rows. It's at more than 4 MILLION views and counting. Even if you've never watched YouTube, it's easy, just double-click the triangle and go.

It's a bit wonky, but do you want to be the ONLY one who doesn't know? You'll feel like that loser in Junior High School who...well you remember and let's not go there.

Watch the video, all the way to the end...and then change the world Greg Craven's way.


Anonymous said...

The risk-based decision table is changed if our action has a 0.1% chance of success. Do you actually have the hubris to believe that humans could change the global warming/cooling. If the volcano under Yellowstone erupts, it would be more severe than the catastrophic Krakatau eruption in August 1883. In the year after the Krakatau eruption, the global temperature lowered 1.2 degrees C. Did you see the map of smoke over the US during the severe forest fires? We can not control our forest fires any more. We can not even stop the CO2 emissions from the underground coal continuously burning in Pennsylvania.

Mark Powell said...

Of course we can change the earth. We've already boosted the CO2 concentration in the atmosphere, we've had huge effects on land cover, etc. etc. Denying the possibility of human-caused global change is silly.

Anonymous said...

The above comment was that the probability of success if very very low. It would require strong leaders throughout 1st, 2nd, and 3rd world countries to convince humans (their constituents) to abide by difficult measures. It is very easy to increase self-indulgence but very difficult to substantially reduce self-indulgence. The comment did not deny the possibility - it stated that there is a very, very low probability of success. My family is reducing its carbon footprint, but my neighbors are not. Until South America, India, China, and Russia substantially reduce their CO2 emissions, the global warming will continue. Factor the low probability of success into the simple table. Not only should we attempt to reduce global warming, we should also prepare for the likely scenario that we are doing too little too late.

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