"The best consolation in misfortune or affliction of any kind will be the thought of other people who are in a still worse plight than yourself; and this is a form of consolation open to every one. But what an awful fate this means for mankind as a whole! We are like lambs in a field, disporting themselves under the eye of the butcher, who chooses out first one and then another for his prey. So it is that in our good days we are all unconscious of the evil Fate may have presently in store for us — sickness, poverty, mutilation, loss of sight or reason."
-- Arthur Schopenhauer, On the Suffering of the World
Tuesday, December 27, 2022
Schopenhauer on Pessimism
Saturday, December 24, 2022
Victor Venema Had Died
And Then There's Physics reports that Victor Venema had died.
That's sad and a loss for the climate community, and decency in general. Victor was a scientist at the University of Bonn who worked on the homogenization of climate data*, and very active on social media. I corresponded with him several times, asking question about temperature data. He was always kind and thoughtful and pleasant. I'm sorry to hear he has passed.
Friday, December 23, 2022
A Decline of About 15 Percent....
....in global grain production per capita. Almost looks permanent.
Global grain production (Statistica)
World Population (Fred)
Wednesday, December 21, 2022
100 Million COVID-19 Cases in US
Monday, December 12, 2022
Antarctic Sea Ice Extent
Friday, December 09, 2022
Blatant Error by AI
On the other hand, here ChatGPT makes an egregious arithmetic error. Surprising. And scary. Makes it impossible to believe any nonobvious conclusion it comes up with....
Thursday, December 08, 2022
Funny Joke Written by AI
Here's a pretty good joke written by ChatGDP, an artifical intelligence that gives answers to submitted questions.
Via a column by Paul Krugman in the NY Times. I made it free to read.