Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Global Warming / Climate Change Will Generate Dangerous Religion

Code Red: Weird Religion Approaches
Most or all of our human religions are engendered when people realize that nothing humans can make or do will cause a difference in a given situation.

Thus, in good times religion is composed of various instances of the more benign word generators and practices.

However, when human endeavors and/or religions cause unintended or unforeseen consequences, "regular crazy" can morph into "crazy on steroids."

In yesterday's post I provided some examples.

Such as Senator Inhofe's statement that "God's still up there", the "arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous."

Let's describe it as the cultural amygdala doing what our individual amygdala does under an overdose of stress:
Chronic stress also does bad things to the nervous system. Stress kills neurons in the part of the brain called the hippocampus and weakens the cables between neurons, so they can’t talk to each other. This impairs the formation and retrieval of long-term memory. The opposite thing happens in the amygdala, which is where we see fear in a brain scanner. In the hippocampus, stress causes stuff to shrivel up. But stress feeds the amygdala. It actually gets bigger. Chronic stress creates a hyper-reactive, hysterical amygdala, and this tells us tons about what stress has to do with anxiety disorders.
(Abiotic Evolution: Can It Explain An Origin For The Toxins of Power? - 3). When a doctor tells a patient that there is nothing more modern medicine can do, and that the patient is going to die, generally an overdose of stress happens.

That individual's normal amygdala becomes a "hysterical amygdala", which can also happen in many strong stressful circumstances way short of impending death.

Those who understand what the amygdala is will understand that code red is the only way to describe the situation of religion based on, or improperly reacting to, a hysterical cultural amygdala.

For example, this is what happened when an individual amygdala got a bit crowded by a tumor:
... [Whitman] killed a receptionist with the butt of his rifle. Two families of tourists came up the stairwell; he shot at them at point-blank range. Then he began to fire indiscriminately from the deck at people below. The first woman he shot was pregnant. As her boyfriend knelt to help her, Whitman shot him as well. He shot pedestrians in the street and an ambulance driver who came to rescue them.

The evening before, Whitman had sat at his typewriter and composed a suicide note:
I don’t really understand myself these days. I am supposed to be an average reasonable and intelligent young man. However, lately (I can’t recall when it started) I have been a victim of many unusual and irrational thoughts.
By the time the police shot him dead, Whitman had killed 13 people and wounded 32 more. The story of his rampage dominated national headlines the next day. And when police went to investigate his home for clues, the story became even stranger: in the early hours of the morning on the day of the shooting, he had murdered his mother and stabbed his wife to death in her sleep.
It was after much thought that I decided to kill my wife, Kathy, tonight … I love her dearly, and she has been as fine a wife to me as any man could ever hope to have. I cannot rationa[l]ly pinpoint any specific reason for doing this …
Along with the shock of the murders lay another, more hidden, surprise: the juxtaposition of his aberrant actions with his unremarkable personal life. Whitman was an Eagle Scout and a former marine, studied architectural engineering at the University of Texas, and briefly worked as a bank teller and volunteered as a scoutmaster for Austin’s Boy Scout Troop 5. As a child, he’d scored 138 on the Stanford-Binet IQ test, placing in the 99th percentile. So after his shooting spree from the University of Texas Tower, everyone wanted answers.

For that matter, so did Whitman. He requested in his suicide note that an autopsy be performed to determine if something had changed in his brain — because he suspected it had.
I talked with a Doctor once for about two hours and tried to convey to him my fears that I felt [overcome by] overwhelming violent impulses. After one session I never saw the Doctor again, and since then I have been fighting my mental turmoil alone, and seemingly to no avail.
Whitman’s body was taken to the morgue, his skull was put under the bone saw, and the medical examiner lifted the brain from its vault. He discovered that Whitman’s brain harbored a tumor the diameter of a nickel. This tumor, called a glioblastoma, had blossomed from beneath a structure called the thalamus, impinged on the hypothalamus, and compressed a third region called the amygdala.
(Hypothesis: The Cultural Amygdala). The delusions, illusions, fears, and psychotic behaviors that can ensue will inevitably lead to strange places.

And during such times, economic strategy, military strategy, social strategy, and even religious strategy is subject to the ensuing madness:
The Church, too, had her place in the feudal system. She too was granted territorial fiefs, became a vassal, possessed immunities. It was the result of her calm, wide sympathy, turning to the new nations, away from the Roman Empire, to which many Christians thought she was irrevocably bound. By the baptism of Clovis she showed the baptism of Constantine had not tied her to the political system. So she created a new world out of chaos, created the paradox of barbarian civilization. In gratitude kings and emperors endowed her with property; and ecclesiastical property has not infrequently brought evils in its train. The result was disputed elections; younger sons of nobles were intruded into bishoprics, at times even into the papacy. Secular princes claimed lay investiture of spiritual offices. The cause of this was feudalism, for a system that had its basis on land tenure was bound at last to enslave a Church that possessed great landed possessions.
(American Feudalism - 2, cf. Mass Suicide & Murder Pact). If the governments continue with their current madness (increasing nuclear weaponry & pollution of air, water, land), it is likely to become a form of unstoppable authoritarianism:
Authoritarianism is something authoritarian followers and authoritarian leaders cook up between themselves. It happens when the followers submit too much to the leaders, trust them too much, and give them too much leeway to do whatever they want -- which often is something undemocratic, tyrannical and brutal. In my day, authoritarian fascist and authoritarian communist dictatorships posed the biggest threats to democracies, and eventually lost to them in wars both hot and cold. But authoritarianism itself has not disappeared, and I'm going to present the case in this book that the greatest threat to American democracy today arises from a militant authoritarianism that has become a cancer upon the nation.
(Authoritarianism: Past And Future Is Now). Authoritarianism can go nowhere if the masses of the citizenry maintain their cool and reject despots.

Keep an eye out, over the next decade, for religious madness of a sort never seen before.

This is the religious sentiment required of hopium based serfdom (a.k.a. "authoritarian followers"):


  1. Dredd, GREAT post! Aberrant behavior is increasing for a lot of reasons: stress, trauma, and drug reactions, for example. Another one is that hydrogen sulfide blowing around in the atmosphere causes mental impairment in low doses, a zombie-like state in slightly higher exposure, and instantaneous death if the concentration is over a certain threshold. Documented cases, like the one you provide, seem to pop up every day anymore.

    Here's a few examples [from the link]

    2015-02-01 - Naked man, 52, wearing cowboy hat strips naked and walks down I-75 in Auburn Hills (Michigan) [during a blizzard]

    Quote: "The man’s truck had gone into a ditch. Then, for an unknown reason, he began walking down the highway and shedding his clothes."

    Note: Eerily similar to the naked man, 25, found disoriented while walking down 12 Mile (road) in Detroit (Michigan), mentioned in the 2015-01-28 update. Hydrogen sulfide heats up some people and causes brain damage leading to aberrant behavior and 'excited delirium'. There was a recent HazMat event at a turkey plant in Willmar (Minnesota), where 28 people sickened and some of them experienced 'excited delirium', mentioned in the 2014-10-18 update. No cause was ever found, but it was probably some hydrogen sulfide blowing by and getting sucked into that plant's HVAC system. Mostly hydrogen sulfide will just kill you, but sometimes you may go insane and possibly strip naked first...

    [Jonny, host of the site, thinks it's the cause of many if not most of the animal attacks that have been going on too, since they're lower to the ground and smaller.]

    2015-01-21 - Sewer gas odor sickens people at bank, bank closed, in coastal Cocoa Beach (Florida)

    Quote: "A strong smell of sewage and reports of at least three employees complaining of headaches moved managers to shut down a beachside bank this morning, officials report. 'They had the same call yesterday. The employees said there was a smell of sewer gas," said Capt. Justin Grimes of the Cocoa Beach Fire Department.'"

    Note: Hydrogen sulfide is commonly called 'sewer gas'. So two days in a row the smell of hydrogen sulfide has hit this bank. Here's a Google Maps link of the area. Breathe too much hydrogen sulfide and you can suffer permanent kidney damage, brain damage, heart damage, etc, assuming you don't die. 59 children were just sickened by 'poison gas' at a school in Kerman (Iran), mentioned in the 2015-01-18 update. A sulfurous 'rotten egg' odor recently blew through coastal Seattle (Washington) and surrounding areas, mentioned in the 2015-01-06 update. Two billion-dollar blimps, primary mission to identify 'air breathing threats', were deployed off the US East Coast in December, mentioned in the 2014-12-21 update. A foul stench just blew through coastal Santa Rosa (Florida) in December, mentioned in the 2014-12-14 update. And so on and so on. Obvious planetary extinction event is obvious...


    1. OSHA does not associate those types of behavior your link asserts (OSHA Hydrogen Sulfide Exposure).

      Neither does the CDC link that site links to: (CDC Sulfide Exposure).

      It may be an Oil-Qaeda pseudo science diversion from green house gases and other types of oil pollution.

      Perhaps, one of their big propaganda efforts is to make their poisoning seem "natural" which is bunk.

      Before I give it any credence I would like a personal doctors report, or a report from CDC or OSHA on each case listed.

  2. Tom,

    You wrote: "Jonny, host of the site, thinks it's the cause of many if not most of the animal attacks that have been going on too, since they're lower to the ground and smaller"

    That site needs to document every individual assertion with real support.

    Crazy things like that have been around for a long time:

    "They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes. And when Jesus had stepped out of the boat, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit. He lived among the tombs. And no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain, for he had often been bound with shackles and chains, but he wrenched the chains apart, and he broke the shackles in pieces. No one had the strength to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out and cutting himself with stones. ... "


    For example, you also wrote: "2015-02-01 - Naked man, 52, wearing cowboy hat strips naked and walks down I-75 in Auburn Hills (Michigan) [during a blizzard]

    Quote: "The man’s truck had gone into a ditch. Then, for an unknown reason, he began walking down the highway and shedding his clothes.

    Imagine that, in each one of those cases, the individual hires a lawyer who sues alleging that "Company X released hydrogen sulfide which causes the behavior."

    If that lawyer did not have competent evidence he or she would be laughed out of court and sanctioned severly.

    1. "Causation: law and science compared

      Science and law have different functions but share striking similarities. Both purport to provide rational, reasoned, independent, unbiased processes concerned with the objective assessment of evidence. There are also striking differences. Scientific assertions compared with determinations of legal causation have the following characteristics:

      [*]they are population-based, not individual; general not particular;

      [*]they are probabilistic, not deterministic;

      [*]they are generally expressed as the refutation of the hypothesis and not a finding of fact or proof of an allegation;

      [*]the evidence is not exhaustive, whereas an adjudication is determined according to the evidence available.

      [*]science is not as concerned with finality as is law. There is no res judicata or collateral estoppel in science. Continuing scrutiny is always available and the jury can be brought back in at any time when new data becomes available.

      The major distinction between legal determinations and scientific assertions lies in the concept of certainty. The legal concept of causation is deterministic: it is an expression of the fiction of certainty, an absolute concept. The scientific concept of causation is probabilistic: it is an expression of the uncertainty of truth, an asymptotic concept.


  3. Crazy USA religious notions based in fear require no evidence of a competent sort, so they are dangerous to our freedom (link).

    Got hysterical amygdala?

  4. Randy: you don't have to believe it, but it's happening at increasing rates and the methane plumes are documented. It's the Earth that's releasing these gases because we won't stop industrial civilization. All of these incidents are news stories in the media that are not explained by investigators, especially the exploding homes that are vacant and have no gas or electric service, the parked cars that are bursting into flames, people of all ages dropping dead, animal attacks and die-offs, the 'zombies' walking around presenting irrational behaviors, underground electrical infrastructure fires, exploding manholes and concurrent fires in different places at the same time. It's a conjecture, and the stories are corroboration - not PROOF. There are some really weird ones there if you look (like large piles of scrap metal suddenly bursting into flame). i find it interesting, you can ignore it.

    Read the Hypothesis (if you're interested)


    1. The danger that type of blog presents to science is that deniers will glom on to its speculative nature without documented evidence.

      That methane or hydrogen sulfide are proximate causes, factual causes, is silly when this is the data you cited to:

      "2015-02-01 - Naked man, 52, wearing cowboy hat strips naked and walks down I-75 in Auburn Hills (Michigan) [during a blizzard]

      Quote: "The man’s truck had gone into a ditch. Then, for an unknown reason, he began walking down the highway and shedding his clothes."

      It is just as likely that it was paradoxical undressing (Phases Of An Empire Freezing To Death - 2).

      That site will do damage to those who are struggling with real issues about climate change and denial.

      The flimsy documentation and speculation will delight Oil-Qaeda operatives more than anyone else since it is used in a climate change context.

  5. oh man - hey, whatever, it doesn't matter anyway - thanks for your opinions guys


  6. Anyone notice that this post is about how stress induced climate change will cause some creepy religion to raise its ugly head?

    Especially if, like Senator Inhofe, they think a god or God is bringing on the climate change catastrophe on purpose!

    It is way crazy to think, in the same mind, that "God is Love" and that is why He/She/It is doing a catastrophe to kill us all.

    1. There is a substantial reason for that ("most Americans"):

      "Americans rank the importance of religion very highly in their lives, attend religious services regularly and pray daily. Furthermore, a plurality of adults who are affiliated with a religion want their religion to preserve its traditional beliefs and practices rather than either adjust to new circumstances or adopt modern beliefs and practices."

      (The Pew Forum, Report 2).

      "Most people" are at least as important as "some people."

  7. History in this case is the future it seems (link)

  8. Muslims are already being killed (Hick Rage), and the law is being thwarted (Not Married To The Law) because of dangerous religion.


    Tomorrow climate scientists may be killed for the same reason: bad religion.

  9. There will be good responses by clergy too.

    The Pope for instance.

    And this religious leader (Head Of The Episcopal Church Says It's 'Sinful' To Ignore Climate Change).