==> An article I just saw on Facebook (from last month) talking about a new theory of how life formed on Earth. Naturally everyone in the comments is very civil when discussing the religious implications.
==> I have my first click-baity title for an article at FEE: “The Economics of Karaoke (and Other Necessities).”
==> Max Borders has a good Earth Day post summarizing the climate change debate. My favorite part is his crystallization of what the “consensus” case relies upon, matter-of-factly:
* The earth is warming.
* The earth is warming primarily due to the influence of human beings engaged in production and energy use.
* Scientists are able to limn most of the important phenomena associated with a warming climate, disentangling the human from the natural influence, extending backward well into the past.
Scientists are able then to simulate most of the phenomena associated with a warming earth and make reasonable predictions, within the range of a degree or two, into the future about 100 years.
* Other kinds of scientists are able to repackage this information and make certain kinds of global predictions about the dangers a couple of degrees will make over that hundred years.
* Economists are able to repackage those predictions and make yet further predictions about the economic costs and benefits that accompany those global predictions.
* Other economists then make further predictions based on what the world might be like if the first set of economists is right in its predictions (which were based on the other scientists’ predictions, and so on) — and then they propose what the world might look like if certain policies were implemented.
* Policymakers are able to take those economists’ predictions and set policies that will ensure what is best for the people and the planet on net.
* Those policies are implemented in such a way that they work. They have global unanimity, no defections, no corruption, and a lessoning of carbon-dioxide output that has a real effect on the rate of climate change — enough to pull the world out of danger.
*Those policies are worth the costs they will impose on the peoples of the world, especially the poorest.