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Faced with the 'existential threat' of global climate change, it seems worth . . . .

Addressing False Dichotomies

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The non-ideological Structure of 'Contraction & Convergence' (C&C) - The 'Well Tempered Climate Accord' - is sourced in Tri-Unity.

A non-ideological overall framework, is jointly & severally required to interrogate, negotiate & integrate UNFCCC-Compliance on the full-term, integral basis of: -

  • precaution
  • inclusivity
  • urgency
  • equity
  • adequacy
  • completion

C&C was created by GCI in 1995 to that purpose. It was to integrate the full-term international process of UNFCCC-Compliance. i.e. atmospheric GHG concentration reaches a level pre-judged as 'safe & stable'. The methodology of any contraction-and-convergence-based-path-integral of future global GHG emissions deliberately ensures that the international parts always commute and contract down to zero with a given weight by a given date, whatever the rate, the weight and the date chosen by the user.

Equal Temperament or 'Well Tempering', means tuning the 12 semi-tones equally within the fundamental doubling structure of the musical octave. The key point is that equal temperament enables music to be written in, tuned in, played in and to modulate between, all 12 musical keys, always commuting as equally 'in-tune'.

  • J S Bach's 'Well Tempered Clavichord' (1721), assuming equal semi-tone steps, remains the classic expression of Equal Temperament &
  • C&C (1994) assumes equal per capita or 'Well Tempered' emissions rights globally, with a base-year for future population sizes as
  • This enables any rates/weights/dates of a C&C carbon budget to be calculated so the total always commutes with a given outcome of atmospheric GHG concentration;
  • GCI intentionally nick-named C&C, 'The Well Tempered Climate Accord' to underline the non-ideological properties of this methodology;
  • A more recent 'user-chooser' C&C animation with 1,000,000 possible rates of C&C - that always commute - is here.

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Related Ideological Assumptions
First - addressing the false dichotomy between left-ish and right-ish assumptions . . . .

For 30 years, 'ideological assumptions' have been obscuring what is sine-qua-non for UNFCCC-Compliance, a non-random internationally inclusive path-integral for a limited & declining future weight of emissions globally as quickly as possible i.e. C&C. Arguing about people, technology & money without global limits obscures this core purpose.

In 2008 Professor Ross Garnaut advanced a significant but residually ideological statement about C&C saying, "(it) has the virtue of simplicity.
Equal per capita emissions is a natural focal point. Contestable computations based on economic variables do not need to enter the allocation
formula."

Recognizing economic variables as 'contestable' was certainly an improvement on the earlier and ridiculous 'ideological charge' laid by John Ashton of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) who stated in 2002 that, "C&C is compelling, yet at its heart lurks a contestable ideological assumption; equal per capita emissions as rights".

This is the guts of it . . .

GCI has argued from the outset that it is ideological not to make the 'well tempered' assumption. Important as 'equal rights' per se may be, unless we 'well temper' emissions rights as 'equal', pre-calculating emissions control-rates globally frameworking full-term UNFCCC-Compliance, is simply not possible. i.e. if we do not choose a 'framework' based on making this assumption, we remain stuck in a process of sociological 'guesswork', one often compared to roulette or 'picking numbers out of a hat'.

As the last 30 years have tended to demonstrate, use of this roulette-model has been progressively decreasing the odds of UNFCCC-Compliance while increasing the odds of the 'looming climate catastrophe for mankind' alluded to by Sir David King at the IEA in January 2016. So as we accelerate out of control towards the 'event-horizon' of global carbon consumption the other side of which is the 'irreversibility' of runaway rates of climate change, the strength of the well tempering proposal only increases.

In these circumstances, continuing to choose guesswork over a framework - or yet more roulette - is incontestably an ideological choice. GCI argued in IPCC Second Assessment in 1994, intentionally or not, the reality of roulette is the 'economics of genocide' where it is cheaper to kill people than solve the problem . . . .

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Related Ideological Assumptions
Second - addressing the false dichotomy between secular and sacred assumptions . . . .

When people ask, "Coping with climate change - what has music got to do with it?" . . . (as with life itself, its a good question) . . .


John Archibald Wheeler and Richard Feynman recognize, this question goes back to the fundamentals of providence & the musical axioms arising. Music is guided by what Stephen Hawking has called the first instance of theoretical physics. This is where 3-in-2-in-1 commute 'perfectly' or rationally in the 'hemiola' or the stringularity law

However, is also from where sublimely irrational 'Phi' is generated. It is worth empahsizing that the key factor we encounter here is that irrational numbers are not chaotic.
Here it is to the first 20,000 decimal places never repeating any pattern but always calculating the same & also without limit (i.e. never ending).

In common with many other physicists who routinely cite Pythagoras, Hawking's citation draws well short of recognizing the profound structural implications of this 'instance'. Enquiring to this level may help better to reveal why, after 30 years of the disastrous climate-strategy of chaotically picking numbers out of a hat.

In the face of a growing existential threat of the scale of climate damages, 'stringularity' giving rise to 'Phi' - the basis of the 'musical C&C-methodology' - remains robust, widely supported, unchanged & fundamentally unchallengable.

The stringularity law gives rise to the 3-2-1 'Hemiola' a Trinity of Wholeness




The Hemiola gives rise to 'Phi' the Golden Rate (0.618 to 20,000 places) & the Golden Spirals (spin with angular momentum at 'Phi').

As expressions of Nature's 'torque' (or spin), the dynamic force of these spirals is in evidence at all scales across the universe.



The 'functionality' of cause & effect that emerges from these simple numbers gives rise to an evolutionary process that embraces chance, change & what we think of as 'choice'. However, within this very functionality and governed by 'Phi', an organically goal-focused tendency to self-limit, self-structure, integrate & resolve is also embraced.

In other words like music, life itself is also evolitionary. This fundamentally countervails not only 'randomness' but also the fully interlocking geometric ratios of 'rigidity'. It is this potency of the rates of 'evolition' that is supple, nested and resilient and that reshapes the merely entropic tendency to expand, dissipate, disintegrate and freeze.



Thus the goal-focused neg-entropic potency of 'Phi' is embedded at the heart of creation and fundamental to why the universe, its diversity (including 'us') exists in the first place. It is also embedded in the 'Well Tempered Climate Accord' and this is therefore fundamentally relevant to UNFCCC-Compliance.

All from the 'Hemiola' - and the truly awe-inspiring 'Phi' . . .



What all this is really saying is that the 'dichotomy', whether between

  • the sacred & the secular and/or
  • the left & the right
  • etc

ultimately offers a choice that is false.