Fighting Climate Change with Dance: Humanities Professors Demand Representation on Science Teams

Fighting Climate Change with Dance
Fighting Climate Change with Dance video screenshot.

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

“We worry that overemphasis on science may hamper the design of effective climate solutions.”

Why science needs the humanities to solve climate change

August 1, 2019 10.33pm AEST

Steven D. Allison Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Earth System Science, University of California, Irvine

Tyrus Miller
Dean, School of Humanities, University of California, Irvine

Many people view climate change as a scientific issue – a matter of physical, biological and technical systems. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s most recent assessment report, for example, is a vast compendium of climate sciencethreats and potential solutions.

Yet modern climate change is also a human problem caused by the collective behaviors of people – mostly the wealthy – around the world. Japanese economist Yoichi Kayasummarizes this viewpoint in an elegant equation known as the Kaya Identity: Global greenhouse gas emissions are the product not just of energy use and technology, but also human population size and economic activity.

Of course, science is essential for understanding climate change, and technology is critical for solving the problem. But the IPCC report spends little more than 10 pages on climate ethics, social justice and human values. We worry that overemphasis on science may hamper the design of effective climate solutions.

In our view, solving the world’s climate problems will require tapping into brainpower beyond science. That’s why the two of us – an ecologist and a humanities dean – are teaming up to rethink climate solutions. Recently we developed a program to embed humanities graduate students in science teams, an idea that climate research centers are also exploring.

So far, scientific facts have not motivated Americans to support the huge societal transformations needed to stop climate change. Some reject the scientific consensus on global warming because it makes them feel bad or clashes with their personal experience of the weather.

By tapping into what moves people, the emerging field of environmental humanities can help spur climate action. Scholars of history, philosophy, religious studies, literature and media are exploring many aspects of humans’ relationship with the Earth. An entire literary genre of climate fiction, or “Cli-Fi,” depicts often-apocalyptic visions of climate impacts on humanity. Social scientists have worked out how civilizations like the ancient Maya and medieval Icelanders dealt with climate shocks.

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Frankly I think they’re onto something. Imagine if IPCC conferences gave more attention to the humanities.

IPCC conferences could become a new global version of the Eurovision song contest, with continuous mainstream media coverage of performers. Artists from all around the world could compete to express their climate angst through song, dance and showers of green confetti.

161 thoughts on “Fighting Climate Change with Dance: Humanities Professors Demand Representation on Science Teams

    • Call up the Hopi and Zuni medicine dancers….
      at least their religious machinations are entertaining.

      …clearly their abilities are equally matched.

    • Indians have rain dance. No make fun of Pocahontas.

      More seriously this thing keeps on evolving more and more into a pagan religion.

      • Like so many other Americans, Matoaka Powhatan, aka Pocahontas, happens to be an ancestress of mine.

        Before converting to Christianity and becoming Rebecca Rolfe, these were her spiritual beliefs and rituals, to include dance:

        We have her and her English husband John to thank for the US tobacco industry. He somehow stole from the Spanish seeds for a less nasty variety of tobacco than used in Algonquin ceremonies, and she showed him how best to grow it.

        Some economic historians judge 1614 as the most important year of the 17th century. The first shipment of Virginia tobacco arrived in London then, assuring that the British colonies in North America would be profitable and flourish.

        • The palefaces are said to have given the Indians smallpox and other European diseases. But, they got even with us– they gave us tobacco!

        • Some would argue 1609-1610 was more important. That was the year that the Virginia colony survived the “starving time”.

          Only about 60 of the 240 colonists were found alive in the spring of 1610. An ancestor of mine was one of the survivors.

        • Sadly the pilgrim father’s couldn’t give back “Daejeling Tea” in return for “Virginia tobacco”.

          Sure history had taken an other path.

        • “Like so many other Americans, Matoaka Powhatan, aka Pocahontas, happens to be an ancestress of mine.”

          That’s nothing. I happen to be (like so many other Americans) a descendant of Lucy, Mother of Man, whose remains were found in 1974 in the Awash River Valley in what today is Ethiopia.

          What’s remarkable to me is how they figured out that her name was “Lucy.” It was one of those amazing coincidences of science which just happen to happen on occasion. During the 1978 renovation of a post office in Streetsboro, Ohio, an undelivered Christmas card was found between the mail slot and the wall. Postmarked 3,180,000 BC, it was addressed to “Lucy, Mother of Man, Awash River ET 00001”.

          And the rest, as they say, is l’histoire.

      • Tragically, Mrs. Rolfe’s visit to her husband’s pestilential homeland ended in her death from disease. She and John had only one son, Thomas, who in turn had only one daughter, Jane, whose only son was John Bolling, who had at least seven children.

        So Rebecca Rolfe’s line almost died out, but her great-grandson Major John (1676-1729) was the ancestor of the numerous “Red Bollings”, to include the second Mrs. Woodrow Wilson, formerly Edith Bolling Galt, who served as in effect Acting President after her husband’s stroke. She claimed to be the only person capable of deciphering the president’s impaired speech.

      • Climate Change ceased being about science 20 years ago.

        Irrefutable evidence of that is the 40 years of Charney Sensitivity estimation stuck at 3.0 (+/- 1.5) deg C after many countless billions of dollars (and Euros and Pounds) spent trying to nail it down. The reason it can’t/won’t get better defined, it observation says its much lower, and that is antema to the rent-seeking Climate modellers. Thus Climate Change is not about science, its about money and power. Politicized junk science is all Climate Change is today.

    • Humanities profs just hate to see all that money wasted on “science”. And in the case of most climate “research”, ie GIGO computer gaming, they’re right.

    • Is a rain dance equally effective as a rain prayer, and more effective than humanities professor’s petitions? Do humanities progressives really believe in witchcraft?

      • You’ve heard of the New Age movement, haven’t you? Mother Gaia and all that? So short answer: yes.

      • Yes, just as effective, but the dance may be more entertaining.
        No they are equally effective. (However, knowing that neither has any effect how could either have more of nothing?)
        Probably yes, as they label as “witchcraft” or “magic” that which they do not understand, which leaves a pretty wide chasm to fill.
        If allowed to fester they will be more dangerous to human intelligence than Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge.

    • All I can say is that alarmists arguing climate science with a ‘dance off’ would probably be more credible and scientific than the methods they are currently using.

      • I like the dance off idea, but would judging be subjective by the audience right after the show, or would final verdict await observable meteorological events?

  1. I can see it now. We can all do the Bascillaria paradoxa line dance to reduce global warming by encouraging diatom growth through dance.

    • I had a Diatom Growth once, went to the dermatologist to have it removed, nearly cost me an arm and a leg the dirty scum

  2. “We worry that overemphasis on science may hamper the design of effective climate solutions.”
    Translation: Our science is so weak we have to jump to humanities, philosophy, marketing and a bunch of psychics in the back room to sell the scam.

  3. Imagine the infighting over choosing a theme song.

    Safety Dance ~ Men Without Hats
    Money ~ Pink Floyd
    Radioactive ~ Imagine Dragons
    the choices are endless…

  4. Climate change has become the ULTIMATE post modern term and thought, these people are just INFATUATED with it.

    • What does “climate change” even mean, and what is the climate problem and do we need a climate solution?

  5. “Some reject the scientific consensus on global warming because…”
    There is no scientific consensus.
    There is a political consensus, and some reject that because science doesn’t support the conclusion that humans are the major cause of climate change or that CO2 is a major contributor to climate change.

    The lede of their article is:
    “Large wildfires in the Arctic and intense heat waves in Europe are just the latest evidence that climate change is becoming the defining event of our time. Unlike other periods that came and went, such as the 1960s or the dot-com boom, an era of unchecked climate change will lead to complex and irreversible changes in Earth’s life support systems.”
    The lede is supposed to draw people in and make them want to read the entire story, not make them laugh and shake their head at the authors’ ignorance.

    • That’s they key thing that I noted. In every statement made by Allison, Miller, et al, the assumption was that “climate change” was the Truth and could not be questioned. Every attempt to question it could only be motivated by some evil cause, or stupidity, since it is “settled science”. They totally reject the possibility of the “settled science” being wrong.

    • If they relegated it to making sand candles, organic basket weaving and flower pressing it might retain some rational value.

    • Beats me, Kevin. That’s another one of those phrases where you are now dumber for having read it.

      I suppose it made sense to them while they were tripping on acid, but now they are just ashamed to admit they have no clue, either.

  6. “Artists from all around the world could compete to express their climate angst through song, dance and showers of green confetti.”
    Isn’t this what happened this week in Italy? Except the green confetti was ?

  7. Why not jump on the Climate Alarmist Government-funded Gravy Train? Most of the physical science folks have sold out like cheap whores on that count … may as well let the dancers, painters, sculptors, poets, and infinite variety of performance artists join in the groveling for global warming dollars. Given that they are all furiously engaged in fictional creative writing, why not let the real artists join in?

    • This approach has potential for slightly mitigating the large differentials between pay scales and job opportunities in the STEM fields (sciences etc.) and the humanities. Students in the latter fields have college loans to pay off too, with substantially lower incomes to do so.

      It’s not surprising that a dean in the humanities is on board with this. It is a bit strange that it took this long to try to get on the gravy train.

      • First they tried “science communication”, for which no actual knowledge of science was required. Indeed, the less understanding, the better.

      • This is the same folks who want to bridge the gap between STEM and the arts by academic committee.

        The key component of STEM and STEAM is integration. Instead of teaching disciplines in independent subject silos, lessons are well rounded, project and inquiry based, with a focus on interdisciplinary learning. Making it an exceptional way of instructing and learning.

        Alternatively, STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.
        Frankly, this is as lame as a three legged steer.

    • I’d say they aren’t cheap. With Billions of Dollars being tossed around, the word ‘cheap’ will never be used.

      • A professional scientist’s major asset in life is their credibility. Selling that for equivalent of the biblical “twenty pieces of silver” is pretty cheap whoring.

  8. FTA: Social scientists have worked out how civilizations like the ancient Maya and medieval Icelanders dealt with climate shocks.

    You mean there were climate shocks before there were SUV’s?

    • Can anyone here tell me how the Mayans dealt with climate shocks? Does anyone here believe that there is enough information available about the ancient Mayans to be able to accurately answer such a question?

      • They dealt with it by human sacrifice, constant warfare and finally abandoning their cities.

        • That might well true of Peten, although in this century the department’s population has roughly doubled to about 700,000.

          For the whole Classic Maya world however, the best estimate is two million, versus some six million speakers of Maya languages today.

  9. We’re doomed, that’s all there is to it. I am going to try my best to forget this report. Maybe some chemicals will help?

    • I take the opposite view. Crap such as this fills me with hope.

      Statements such as “So far, scientific facts have not motivated Americans to support the huge societal transformations needed to stop climate change” tell me they are desperate for ideas and ideas such as what is presented here tell me that, at root, these people are really quite stupid.

    • I use to believe these people had lost their minds. Now I understand it is simply a Progressive game of outrageous oneupmanship.

      Chemicals won’t fix them but it will allow you to suffer their lunacy with less pain which, I take it is your point.

  10. It would be more fruitful to put a physics major on every dance team. Someone that has studied force and momentum, dynamics, and kinematics would be able to help dancers improve their leaps and arabesques with greater certainty than any influence dancers are likely to have on modifying ‘climate change’.

  11. Nothing new here.. Climate Science already has plenty of clowns, (data) jugglers, Illusionists and lots and lots of Dancing (around the facts)

  12. The reality is that, based on the paleoclimate record and the work done with models, the climate change we are experiencing today is caused by the sun and the oceans over which mankind has no control. Despite the hype, there is no real evidence that CO2 has any effect on climate and there is plenty of scientific rationale to support the idea that the climate sensitivity of CO2 is zero. As far as climate justice is concerned, the responsible party is Mother Nature. Lots of luck collecting on a judgement against Mother Nature.

  13. The strong/overwhelming temptation is to disrespect the humanities. That might not entirely be fair.

    People with a PhD in the humanities may feel that they have accomplished a Herculean task. My observation is that they have a rocky path, full of angst, b.s., and tears.

    In comparison, a science or engineering PhD usually seems more straightforward. In fact, one of my buddies sailed through his PhD and complained that he didn’t get enough guidance from his advisor. I’ve never heard that complaint from a humanities student.

    On the other hand, I wouldn’t swear that the differences weren’t due to the personalities, both student and advisor, of those involved.

    Maybe the humanities think they have something to prove. The introduction to one first year psychology course went something like this:

    People think psychology is a bird course, so we’re going to make this course as hard as possible just to prove them wrong.

    Insecure much?

    Academics publishing in particular fields of chemistry or neuroscience are virtually guaranteed to be cited after five years, but more than three-quarters of papers in literary theory or the performing arts will still be waiting for a single citation. link

    Well, yeah, that could be a problem.

  14. “There’s this lime green snow or confetti falling from the dancers’ hands. Nothing in nature is like that.”

    Uhhh – limes?

  15. From a letter to my uncle on a related matter, April 20:

    “At the end of the day though, all of this must either stand up to experimental scrutiny or be dismissed as snake-oil hogwash. He and his kind would just say, ‘oh, but that’s the OLD paradigm of science, perpetuated by patriarchal imperialist capitalists! The new, shiny paradigm is that we don’t NEED to present proof!'”

    Surprisingly, it’s not much fun being right all the time.

    • The new, shiny paradigm is that we don’t NEED to present proof!

      That reminds me of:

      Badges? We ain’t got no badges. We don’t need no badges. I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ badges! link

  16. “Social scientists have worked out how civilizations like the ancient Maya and medieval Icelanders dealt with climate shocks.”

    NO, they haven’t. They have speculated on how these ancient cultures might have collapsed while superimposing speculation regarding what past climates were.

    • If I’m not mistaken, it was pointless, stupid, ego-driven intertribal warfare. You know: the kind that still goes on in the developing world, and that our leftist moral superiors would like to see us return to and are promoting heavily throughout the West right now.

  17. If you can’t sell the steak, sell the sizzle. The climate steaks’ sell-by date, unfortunately for them, has long expired. But heck, some people might still buy the sizzle. Worth a try.

  18. Okay, I have to take responsibilty for this. A few weeks ago I asked the rhetorical question, could I get a grant for “Climate Change – The Ballet”. I meant it as a joke, but it seems that thoughts are powerful things, and ideas take on a life of their own. I released a ridiculous concept into the ether, and somebody received it and thought it a good idea.

    I’m so, so sorry.

    • Give it a try, tell us how you go – you’d could say something like “In Soviet times ballet was recognised and elevated because of its ability to cross political divides, as an expression of pure art which brought people together without triggering reflexive tribal political triggers. Now once again we face a situation where political polarisation is impeding vital climate action. Its time once again to explore the beauty of ballet, to overcome right wing resistance to renewables and vital economic reforms”.

  19. There is nothing more to this than that the humanities want to tap into all of the funding that’s being squandered anyway.

  20. Has there been any scientific research on the effect of rain dances on rainfall? A whole new field of grant funded scientific research is opening up.

  21. My first question is, “what scientific facts show that Global Warming is real and an issue that needs to be addressed.” The second question is “How will Dance change the answer to the first question?”. Will dance propose and test a Null Hypothesis and show that the alternative hypothesis is real or not? I somehow doubt that.
    And one can also ask how an activity that produces no useful goods or services should be engaged in when we want to eliminate all wasteful activity. Dance surely falls into this category. I often use the example of decorative flames and fire places that burn NG with no purpose but to show off a flame or light at a restaurant or mall. If CAGW was real, this type of activity would be the low hanging fruit to eliminate. But no one even thinks about it let alone mentions it.

  22. How do they know dancing doesn’t cause climate change? I certainly didn’t realize it was powerful enough to stop CC.
    Do some dances cause warming and others cause cooling? More study is needed!

    • If you turn clockwise it causes warming as it negates the coriolis effect in the northern hemisphere dampening the Low Pressure Zones which bring cooling. If you turn Counterclockwise it enhances the low pressure cells to enhance cooling

      • I put it to you that whiffs in baseball are helping to induce the “butterfly effect” and thus contribute to hurricane formation and intensity. By extending your logic, it is self-evident that MLB should ban all the lefties, and switch-hitters required to bat only right-handed in the northern hemisphere.

        • Nah they run the bases counterclockwise thereby enhancing low pressure cells and magnifying the Cooling effects.
          And as for the wiffs and the butterfly effect, it has yet to be proven that wiffs can in fact create conditions necessary for the formation of Hurricanes but there is a strong correlation between the amount of wiffle ball played and it’s affect on projected hurricane paths

    • Well…as long as you ask. All dancers get sweaty. It certainly doesn’t cool you off.
      …if you turn on the fan in a room…
      High School thermodynamics

      But its how you feel about it that counts…NOT!

  23. So I can’t wait for “Climate Change – the Musical”… songs like

    Imagine there’s no carbon… you can do it if you try..
    Racket Mann
    All you need is ice
    Gimme, gimme, gimme (your money it’s midnight)
    The Consensus takes it all

    Bored already

    • There is the big chorus number ‘Climate Emergency’ which would end Act 1. This would involve the whole cast including the bad guy which would be a banker or head of a big oil company. There is great potential.

  24. This makes perfect sense to me. Climate Change is an emotional argument first and foremost. The humanities is the perfect home for it. Move it out of climatology proper and create a BACC degree under the Psychology department so they can get the help and emotional support they desperately need. Then real climatologist can get back to serious work.

  25. By tapping into what moves people, the emerging field of environmental humanities can help spur climate action.

    I am sure they are right. Let me think……..
    “what moves people”
    I know! What moves people is commercial aviation! They want to enlist all the airlines of the world to “spur climate action”.
    Book your vacation today. Sign up for frequent flyer miles, fly far, fly often. Do your bit to Spur Climate Action.

  26. “Why science needs the humanities to solve climate change?” Because humanitities think with their emotions. If you can make a compelling enough emotional image, you might be able to impact a few. The science is not valid or convincing so they need to scare them. The dancing is just an attempt to put to music how these people feel and has no bases in science.

  27. “Humanities” want on the CO2 gravy train. Hypocrisy and lies cross all boundaries! Will dance for climate alms.

  28. There is money in it for all and you must get in your claim in case there is a Green New Deal Bonanza payoff.

  29. Seems to be a splinter group of the “soft degree sciences” who don’t realize that they can confer on themselves the title of “climate scientist” as long as they have a buddy who will claim he did a peer review whatever they might have written that contains both ecological and temperature references…say maybe a play with “Hot child in the City” as one of the musical numbers.

  30. By the look on the dancers’ faces I don’t think they would do “Singing In The Rain”.
    “I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm”

  31. That does it! I am starting an effort to control Climate Change through drinking BEER. Think about it, all those cold beers absorbing that awful heat – it’s bound to work!

    And I can watch the loonies dance while I am at it.

  32. Here is a new Broadway play idea.

    Revenge of the Arts and Soft Sciences……. double billed with Cats

  33. “Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Earth System Science” – All at the same time ? Wow !

    Even better “In our view, solving the world’s climate problems will require tapping into brainpower beyond science.”

    Now we’re getting somewhere, stripper poles and dancers at the future climate junkets.

  34. Actually, I myself have wholly on my own and without any dancing figured out how the Mayas and the medieval Icelanders dealt with with climate change. They didn’t. And were wiped out.

  35. “…Social scientists have worked out how civilizations like the ancient Maya and medieval Icelanders dealt with climate shocks….”

    Not entirely sure I know what the author is talking about in the statement above regarding the medieval Icelanders and the Maya civilization, but did these social scientists work out how well the Maya Civilization dealt with the climate shock of drought? There is some science out there that says drought may have played a significant role in the Mayan collapse…

    “…Evans and colleagues analyzed the different isotopes of water trapped in gypsum — a mineral that can form on the bottom of lakes during periods of severe drought. They found that annual precipitation levels decreased between 41% and 54% during the period of the Maya civilization’s collapse, with periods of peak drought corresponding to a 70% reduction in rainfall….”.

    Is that what the social scientists worked out?

  36. “Global greenhouse gas emissions are the product not just of energy use and technology, but also human population size and economic activity.”

    Gotta give them credit, that is one of the best examples of double speak I have read in a long time.
    Perhaps they just don’t know that economic activity is what uses energy and technology.

    • A former Miss USA in my Human Biology program organized a dance to demonstrate the Central Dogma, ie DNA-RNA-protein synthesis. I’ve always regretted not joining her effort and portraying at least a phosphate group, if not a ribose sugar, nucleobase or amino acid.

      • But what would have been my motivation?

        BTW, the full structure of the ribosome, the body within cells in which amino acids are stitched together into proteins under RNA instructions, was only fully elucidated in this century. An Indian-British-American, an American and a female Israeli-American (the latter two crystalographers) were awarded the 2009 Chemistry Nobel for this achievement.

  37. What we’re dealing with here is a special type of stupid. And we all know what can’t be fixed…other than the climate that is.

  38. “So far, scientific facts have not motivated Americans to support the huge societal transformations needed to stop climate change. Some reject the scientific consensus on global warming because it makes them feel bad or clashes with their personal experience of the weather.”

    The climate change crisis is presented as if it were a scam and defended by a parade of logical fallacies! I have never heard a warmest accurately describe the nature or motivations of a climate crisis skeptics. Instead, they construct ignorant straw men arguments like the one above. Educated climate crisis skeptics are skeptical because they are scientifically literate. They know exactly why the AGW theory is scientifically weak. They also are well aware of the lack of scientific integrity practised by those pushing a climate crisis.

    Skeptics who do not have a science based education may not be aware of all of the scientific reasons to doubt a CO2 driven climate crisis, but they are well aware of human nature, and they can tell when they are being scammed. Perhaps the biggest reason why the warmest’s are not trusted is that the warmest’s keep acting like they are not trustworthy! No one is a climate crisis skeptic because they ‘feel bad’ or because ‘it clashes with their personal experience with the weather’. That’s nonsense! The fact that skeptics are always mischaracterized and personally attacked by warmests, is just one more indication that the whole issue is a scam.

  39. I wondered about the joint appointment (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Earth System Science) of Professor Allison, which could be important, sediments came to mind.
    Research Interests —-“Microbial ecology, ecosystem processes, and climate change” Sediments still came to mind.
    Research Abstract—-“We aim to provide a sound scientific basis for solving environmental problems, including climate change, at local to global scales. The Allison Lab promotes diversity and inclusivity in all of these efforts. ”
    Political correctness came to mind. Regardless of how good he is, a sign of the times. Inclusiveness n. Inclusivity?


  40. Wow, nothing adds credibility to “science” like a parallel path in Humanities.
    After all, who doesn’t remember the times they’ve said “I need a dance professor, stat!”?

  41. “Social scientists have worked out how civilizations like the ancient Maya and medieval Icelanders dealt with climate shocks.”

    Largely by dying it would seem. But you don’t really need social scientists for that.

    • For some reason, my summary of Maya region demography then and now has failed to post.

      Dunno why my replies are moderated and censored. Nothing offensive, simply informative.

  42. Open letter to Prof. Allison and Dean Miller of UC-Irvine.
    Hey, this is a climate CRISIS. We need to build continental sea walls within 10 years.
    All artists, dancers, musicians and mimes must now report IMMEDIATELY to martial law work camps being established around the world to build the walls. Manual labor only, no fossil fuels.
    All funding for humanities around the world must be diverted to build the sea walls. Walls must be made of granite stones with height of at least 20 meters. As a precaution, these walls must also be able to withstand Kaiju attack.
    Both of you are hereby declared to be chief rock diggers, report to your nearest work camp within 24 hours. Failure to report will not be tolerated.
    YOU have been WARNED.

  43. Dead Reckoning came out of a sabatical I took to Death Valley in 2013. One of the things that really hit me is this great magnitude of nature. It made me realize how powerful nature is. Even though we’re so teeny as individuals, we’re having a huge impact in changing this world.

    How’s that for a non-sequitur?

    When the sh*t gets piled so high that it begins to topple over, you know we’ve reached the tippling point. Time for a nice cold beer.

  44. I can contribute a poem!

    There was a young lefty from France.
    who though he could change weather with a dance.
    yadda yadda yadda
    In his pants.

    (It’s a work in progress)

    • There was a young lefty from France
      who thought he could change weather with a dance
      Yet no matter how hard he tried
      He just cried and he cried as
      The only climate he changed was
      In his pants.

  45. There is a long history of the human tendency to assert blame for any misfortune, from failure to produce offspring to failed crops and, of course, bad weather. Usually because people have been having too much fun – also known as “sin” in most religions. There is likely a useful function for this, otherwise it would have bred out, but like sexual violence, war and general abusive behaviour, it gets results and so is still part of the human condition. Climate change ticks all the boxes: we have been bad and created too much pleasure and stolen the knowledge of the gods so must be punished. Self-flagellation is a long-running format in this area of human behaviour. The cardinals of the inquisition are reborn and having a rebirth – confess and you might just be forgiven – more likely burned at the stake. So history repeats. Meanwhile, I will continue to enjoy this fine wine – the wages of sin!

  46. Off topic – I saw excerpts from Democratic presidential hopeful debates. Any mention that Republicans are racists was rewarded by applause. Any criticism of Senator Kamala (above the law) Harris was rewarded by silence. Does anybody know how they select their audience?

    BTW, Jim Crow’s party calling their opponents racist is a real chutzpah.

  47. Can they do laundry? Make coffee? Bail water for hours on end? Dig trenches for latrines? By all means! Bring them along! They can wear red shirts. (if I have to explain a StarTrek reference, well, all is lost)

  48. Wouldn’t a dance to combat drought caused by climate change be considered cultural appropriation?

  49. There is stupid, and then there is serious stupid. These two are definitely of the latter category.

    Sadly, I do understand they just want their voice (and ego) heard too.

  50. I still think that a way more effective strategy would be suicide bombing Chinese and Indian coal power plants. Professors could show example. Sacrifice for the greater good. For the Planet!

    If these people actually cared.

  51. I spent many years participating (as a dancer) in the university dance world, and I can say, with firm conviction, that this is so much crap that I couldn’t find boots high enough to wade through it all.

    The shallowness of thinking, the inability to link ethical causes to physical justifications, the disconnect between idealistic reasoning and practical action … are all amazing here.

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