According to a survey by the American Museum of Natural History, seven out of ten biologists believe we’re experiencing a mass species extinction: one that poses a major threat to human existence in the next century.
The phenomenon is known at the Sixth Extinction and we humans are the cause. Human overpopulation, overconsumption and technology contribute to the loss of a living species every 20 minutes. According to Jeff Corwin’s article featured in the LA Times, The Sixth Extinction, “If this rate continues, by century's end, 50% of all living species will be gone. It is a phenomenon known as the sixth extinction. The fifth extinction took place 65 million years ago when a meteor smashed into the Earth, killing off the dinosaurs and many other species and opening the door for the rise of mammals. Currently, the sixth extinction is on track to dwarf the fifth."
Those mindlessly tuning into Fox News will never understand the ethical implications of our species causing such a mass extinction. They certainly won’t shed a tear over the suffering we impose upon “lesser” living creatures. Perhaps arguments do exist that will catch their attention? What if we explain that nature provides medicines that cure human disease? No, that’s probably not strong enough an argument. It’s best that we lead with their ass… as it’s literally on the line.
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TAM is an annual convention that attracts scientists, atheists and skeptics from across the globe to promote and celebrate critical thinking, science and skepticism. Each year, TAM offers an impressive array of speakers, panels and workshops, and this year is no different. One of the themes for TAM 9 is "TAM 9 From Outer Space." This will be kicked-off by "a keynote address from science superstar Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium and host of the PBS program Nova ScienceNow."
The speaker list for TAM 2011 is exceptionally impressive. Scheduled to attend the event are big names like Richard Dawkins, Penn & Teller, PZ Myers, Lawrence Krauss, The Amazing James Randi and many more. Not as exceptionally impressive, but worth noting, yours truly, Frank Minero, founder of the Godless Liberal Social Society will be attending!
Tennessee Teabagger, State Rep. Sheila Butt (R), who obviously has her head firmly planted up her last name, argues in favor of a bill to encourage public schools to "teach the controversy" for evolution and climate change. She claims that scientists took away her AquaNet because "aerosols cause global warming" and then those pesky scientists changed their tune saying that aerosols reduce global warming.