Climate Change requires a more impact-ful phrase

Global Warming was evocative and conveyed the idea of warming of the planet due to Green House gases. It also projected a situation where the earth was being cooked. Unfortunately while the warming is the cause of the climate change, the effect is different in different locations, with more snowfall or rain and cold in some areas causing the knuckleheads to declare that there is no such thing as “Global Warming”.  The phrase Climate Change doesn’t have the same evocative kick to it. I propose that we try some other phrases to convey detrimental human impact to the climate. Here are a few of my choices. Just like “Global Warming” and “Climate Change”, I believe the phrase needs to be either 2 or 3 words, preferably two.

  • Climate Decay – This one is more evocative than Climate Change. One of the definition of decay is “a gradual falling into an inferior condition; progressive decline”. That very succinctly describes the worsening of the climate that is happening. The only detraction from the phrase would be the “animalification” (yes a made up word that for me means projecting animal characteristics on inanimate) of climate. Also it doesn’t convey human agency, and makes it sound more like a naturally occurring process which it is not.
  • Climate Contusion: Evokes human bluntness on climate – a strong impact in a short period, also is an alliteration which adds to the charm.
  • Climate Distress: Evokes the pain of human footprint on the climate.
  • Climate Mutilation: Shows the aggressiveness of the human impact on the climate.
  • Climate Abuse: This might be the best off all.

It is important to recapture the human imagination as to the situation of Climate change, and a name change might be the best way to go about starting that. What would be your best way to do that?

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Being an Atheist improves your brain

One advantage of many during my journey understanding Atheism is learning a host of brand new words. This blog is some what a tongue in cheek allusion to the perception of Atheists being elitist, but it is quite true that you would learn words that you won’t normally see otherwise. Some of these words were found while reading up about Atheism. A significant number of the atheist authors that I read are scientists in some respect and their words describe scientific properties and methodology.

It is fascinating as to how your language changes based on your world view. Just as we have heard the Inuits having 50+ odd words for ice, the language cannot be independent of the culture and location where it is spoken. So the new words that you learn show the realm you are stepping into.Here are few samples from words that I looked up with relevant meanings from dictionary.com. I may have more blogs about the words as I find them.

  • Anisotropic
    • –adjective
      1. Physics . of unequal physical properties along different axes.Compare isotropic ( def. 1 ) .
      2. Botany . of different dimensions along different axes
  • Auteur
    • a filmmaker whose individual style and complete control over allelements of production give a film its personal and unique stamp
    • –adjective
      1. Physics . of equal physical properties along all axes. Compare anisotropic ( def. 1 ) .
      2. Zoology . lacking axes that are predetermined, as in some eggs.
  • Epistemology
    • –noun
      a branch of philosophy that investigates the origin, nature, methods, and limits of human knowledge.
  • Eschatology
    • –noun Theology .
      1. any system of doctrines concerning last, or final, matters, as death, the Judgment, the future state, etc.
      2. the branch of theology dealing with such matters.
  • Screed
    • –noun
      1. a long discourse or essay, especially a diatribe.
      2. an informal letter, account, or other piece of writing.
  • Ineffable
    • –adjective
      1. incapable of being expressed or described in words;inexpressible: ineffable joy.
      2. not to be spoken because of its sacredness; unutterable: the ineffable name of the deity.