Empathy and Compassion
(Explaining "Races" Before Amalgamation)
United Albedo Regions
(Benign/Relative Stability in Weather and Climate:
Beyond Nationalism, Militarism, War, Terrorism,
Nuclear Weapons/Energy, Racism, and Capitalism)
The Cosmic Community of Intelligent Life
(Empathy and Compassion Coming of Age on Earth)
"the human brain is the most complex and orderly arrangement of matter in the universe." - Isaac Asimov (1920-1992),
professor of biochemistry at Boston University, USA. (descriptive of that of all intelligent life in the
cosmic community of intelligent life).
"We must move forward together, as one, in a renewed spirit of fraternity and solidarity, cooperating generously
for the common good." - Pope Francis, speaking to the United States Congress.
The cosmic community of intelligent life translates into empathy, compassion and the common good - settling
the question of why the Universe and intelligent life exist. As Universe forelaws empathy and compassion
constitute a cause, norm and way forward on all planets with intelligent life. Slowly but surely
the forelaws principle is transitioning humankind to concerted global cooperation in eradicating war, terrorism,
and racism - and in addressing climate change. Empathy, compassion and the common good (and cosmic genealogy)
- part and parcel of naturalist Nature (everything is connected to everything else) - coalesce as intelligent life
philosophy and cosmology. Every 230 million years Earth, its inhabitants and the Sun (our star) orbit the
center of the Milky Way Galaxy. The Milky Way is the galactic home of humankind and untold numbers of fellow
counterparts - many far more advanced than humankind with respect to climate change and cosmic genealogy.
Cosmic genealogy - empathy and compassion made eternal by cosmic dissemination of intelligent life from infinity to
infinity by intelligent life - takes place in a setting where no two star systems with intelligent life in terms
of solar radiation are exactly the same, which explains the phenomenon of "races" (before amalgamation) in the
makeup of intelligent life. Human progress and ultimate activism in cosmic genealogy has lineage and roots
in the new science discipline of astrobiology (merging astronomy and biology), given birth in the 1970/80s through
pioneering investigation of organic matter in space conducted by astronomers Fred Hoyle (1915-2001) and Chandra
Wickramasinghe. Chandra Wickramasinghe is currently director of Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology, UK, focused
primarily on the role of comets and related materials as apparent/specific DNA carriers. Chronicled since 1996
by Brig Klyce (author of Cosmic Ancestry) in the website Cosmic Ancestry, this unfolding paradigm change (and that
of united albedo regions) will occupy special places in the coming age of empathy and compassion on Earth.
Climate change addressed by optimizing planet atmosphere and surface reflectivity of solar radiation (referred
to as planetary albedo) for benign/relative stability in weather and climate - i.e. albedoism - describes the
rationale and transition to united albedo regions. Recognized as key in the movement to United Albedo
Regions on Earth, albedoism comes to grips with recurring weather and climate instability, and with
continuing nuclear weapons/energy vulnerability not only to climate change but, more threateningly,
to natural disasters and terrorism. Uniting the physical sciences, geopolitical science, religions,
"races", 194 nation-states and 6,000 languages, united albedo regions - in dealing realistically with climate
change ranging from droughts to ice ages (taking into account desertification, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes,
lightning-induced wildland fires, subsidence) - involves and interconnects (among other important components
animate and inanimate) the plant kingdom, civil engineering, architecture, urban and rural planning, materials
technology (development of materials changing color with temperature changes), dramatic production, use and
belowground storage of freshwater from seawater - in a forelaws cause for the common good.
"This Pope has become a figure like Gandhi, or President John F. Kennedy, going beyond their own cultural surroundings."
(concerning climate change) - V. Ramanathan, Director, Center for Clouds, Chemistry and Climate, UC San Diego, USA.
"The solar energy reflected from Earth is a fundamental component of the Earth’s energy balance, and processes
that define the albedo of Earth are of elementary relevance to the Earth’s climate . . . Joint analyses of surface
solar flux data that are a complicated mix of measurements and model calculations with top-of-atmosphere (TOA)
flux measurements from current orbiting satellites yield a number of surprising results . . . " - The Albedo of Earth,
from Reviews of Geophysics, March 2015.
The next ideological and geopolitical era and an all-important step toward the age of empathy and compassion
on Earth, united albedo regions takes humanity beyond nationalism, militarism, war, racism, terrorism,
nuclear weapons/energy, and capitalism . . . to a compassionate/cooperative global society characterized
by empathy, compassion and the common good. Among associations not specifically committed but relevant
in the movement to united albedo regions is Washington Geoengineering Consortium at American University,
Washington, DC, USA. - "In this effort, we convene and report on meetings, invite written and other contributions
both from important figures representing the full spectrum of views on geoengineering, and support robust
public and civil society interactions . . . The definition and use of the term ‘geoengineering’ is not fully agreed
upon, and given what is at stake, can be contentious."
"We believe we as a country can be a trailblazer for a new age of renewable energy sources," - German Chancellor
Angela Merkel (on phase-out of nuclear energy).
"Several states have used civilian nuclear reactors as a cover to make nuclear weapons. The "spent fuel"
waste produced by a civilian reactor contains plutonium that, if separated out, can be used to make a bomb."
Graham Allison, Nuclear Terrorism, USA.
"Despite the end of the Cold War over two decades ago, humanity still has over 15,000 nuclear weapons. Some
of these are hundreds of times more powerful than those that obliterated Hiroshima and Nagasaki . . . " - Future
of Life Institute.
The forelaws principle at work locally prioritizes common good education, science, energy, economics, politics, early
emergence of the forelaws party and the DEMOCRATHON process - with proper emphasis on creative/productive
employment availability, public-supported quality health care, public-supported education at all levels, racism
and war elimination, united albedo regions . . . fundamental in a compassionate/cooperative global society.
Interrelating intelligent life meaning, purpose and fulfillment (enhanced by the amalgamation of "races"), the
coming of age of empathy and compassion on all planets with intelligent life - inseparable from existential
life procreation - rests, finally, on paradigms change grounded on empathy, compassion and the common good.
On board all planets with intelligent life in the cosmic community of intelligent life, Universe forelaws of
empathy and compassion - for the common good - speaks volumes not only for united albedo
regions and cosmic genealogy but for intelligent life itself . . . a gift with indefinable promise and
potential both locally and cosmically.
"Toward that end (veganism) Gentle World has served as a clearing house of information for nearly 40 years,
helping children, teens and adults embrace a lifestyle that incorporates their values."
"To suppose that Earth is the only populated world in infinite space is as absurd to believe that in an entire
field sown with millet, only one grain will grow." - Metrodorus of Chios (Greek Philosopher, Fourth
"The historian of science may be tempted to claim that when paradigms change, the world itself changes with
them." - from The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (Thomas S. Kuhn, 1962, 2nd ed. 1970).
"It (darwinism) proclaimed that our true relation is that of competitors and combatants in a struggle for mere
survival . . ." - George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), socialist, author, playwright, vegetarian.
"Life comes from space because life comes from life." - Brig Klyce, Director, Astrobiology Research Trust, USA.
". . . herald a new worldview that I hope will unite the many nations and races of people that inhabit our planet." -
Chandra Wickramasinghe, Director, Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology, UK.
Institutionalized locally and eternalized through cosmic genealogy - by intelligent life - empathy, compassion and the
common good unifies all generations of intelligent life (past, present and future in the cosmic community of
intelligent life). On Earth, spawning common good economics/politics, empathy and compassion manifests itself in
early childhood education - in veganism - in climate change (united albedo regions) - in the forelaws party and the
DEMOCRATHON process - in redefining the concept of socialism - in digital direct democracy - in freshwater production
from seawater - in confronting sentient life predation: culminating in future activism by humankind
in cosmic genealogy. Ethnicity revisited, astrobiology merging astronomy and biology, and discovery
thus far of over 4000 exoplanets are indicative on Earth of empathy and compassion both locally and cosmically.
Challenges ahead for the forelaws principle as humanity transitions to united albedo regions and beyond
include nuclear weapons/energy disposal - freshwater and food shortages - fossil fuels and excessive CO2
emissions - the specter of international trade wars - overpopulation - energy conservation and global energy
sufficiency, the latter supplied by solar energy on a global grid system - hydrogen produced by solar energy - natural
(unmodified)/organic foods including stevia, a plant replacing refined sugars.
In this effort products made from industrial hemp - and industrial hemp itself as a growing plant -
will make a major contribution. A plant requiring no genetic modification, industrial hemp can be
cultivated with and without irrigation in countries like Afghanistan, Columbia, Mexico, and the USA
- and processed into upwards of 10,000 useful products which include paper, food and building materials.
Any product made from petroleum (not excluding high octane gasoline and plastics)
can be made from industrial hemp. Industrial hemp seeds can produce food such as
bread, hempburgers, milk and ice cream. Hemp fiberboard has been demonstrated to be twice the
strength of wood fiberboard. "Hempcrete" blocks, "lighter, stronger and easier to work with
than masonry concrete", have been manufactured at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota
(start-up costs were under $10,000.00.)
Residents of Beijing, China's capital, could be drinking freshwater from desalinated seawater within five years. As
part of China's eleventh five-year plan, this source could become a main supply in efforts to deal with the water
shortage (National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) People's Republic of China.) The current
growth rate of desalination at coastal locations bodes well for direct transport of freshwater from seawater to inland
points such as Beijing. Mandated and coordinated by progressive efforts the world over, dramatically
accelerated, expanded and sustained seawater desalination - receiving important impetus from the International
Desalination Association - aims at (1) globally plentiful freshwater and food surpluses, (2) relief for low-lying
communities vulnerable to sea-level rise, (3) favorably enlarged land mass/biomass (4) replenishment of
aquifers with significantly increased freshwater storage in belowground areas including those
where once resided coal and petroleum.
"A UK researcher (Philip Davies, Aston University) has proposed a new process to decompose waste desalination
brine using solar energy that could allow desalination plants to act as a sink rather than a source of atmospheric
carbon dioxide, and help to neutralise ocean acidity." - Chemistry World, 22 January 2015.
Global freshwater from seawater envisages a growing network of overland pipelines (new &/or converted to freshwater
use) carrying freshwater from desalination plants - and from seaports (forwarding points for freshwater transported
by tanker ships) - to interior locations for local and regional needs including irrigation and replenishment of aquifers.
Interport transportation of freshwater converted from seawater can be expected to take advantage of surplus marine
tanker capacity coincident with ongoing trends to green energy sources. The same is true concerning existing
overland pipelines (in the future a medium for the transport of freshwater) now used in moving petroleum
and petroleum products.
Advancing empathy, compassion and the common good presupposes a geopolitical vehicle with corresponding values, pursuits
and goals, namely, The Forelaws Party - in league with the DEMOCRATHON process. The DEMOCRATHON process
("people power") - functioning in unison with the Initiative and Referendum currently available in some form in 24 States
in the USA and continuing to grow worldwide (with prospects and efficacy significantly more practicable and widespread
since the advent of Internet communication) - is a strategic and effective political-educational-fundraising tool,
potentially instrumental as a forelaws party cornerstone. "People power" can achieve important changes
in controversial areas where legislatures have failed to act, anticipating the arrival and potentiality of
digital direct democracy.
"Whatever you can do . . . . . or believe you can . . . . . begin it
Boldness has magic . . . . . power . . . . . and genius in it."
"Location, topography, and the exchange of radiant energy between the sun and Earth ultimately determine weather"
(from Retrieval of Surface Albedo from Space, December, 2002.) - John Maurer, University of Hawaii at Manoa.
"There is no such thing as a B12 deficiency, even in 100% raw vegan food eaters. They do not have to eat dirt,
animal products, or take pills to secure coenzymes of B12. Bacteria in the intestinal tract make it for us,
and the metabolically usable and necessary forms of coenzyme B12 are contained in unprocessed, fresh
natural plant foods, particularly in nuts and seeds. The real problem in so-called B12 deficiency is a
failure of digestion and absorption of foods, rather than a deficiency of the vitamin itself . . ." -
Virginia Vetrano, D.C., M.D., D.Sc.
"SIMPLY PUT, the common good is the well-being of a community considered as a whole. Pursuing the
common good involves thinking about how the various parts and their interrelationships can be maintained,
developed, and corrected so that the whole community flourishes in a way that enhances the well-being
of its various parts." - from Defining "Common Good" in the Digital World, by Deanna B. Marcum, ITHAKA, USA.
"Even though we can't conceive of the number of stars in the Milky Way or the number of neurons in the human brain,
equating the two gives people a sense of enormity. And as conscious beings we like to find patterns, and
we find equivalencies interesting, especially when the things being equated are "important" or "epic" (like neurons
and stars)." - Scitable by Nature Education.
"We have discussed five modes of using mathematics as a tool which partly overlap and are partly heterogeneous in
kind. The instrumental use of mathematics is not governed by a single scheme. Rather, the heterogeneity
of tools and of tool usages teaches a lesson about the limits of mathematization." - from Mathematics as a Tool,
by Johannes Lenhard and Martin Carrier, Philosophy Department, Bielefeld University, 2/2015.
". . . . . I believe a non-Platonist position gives us greater freedom of thought. If we accept that mathematics
is invented, rather than discovered, we can be more daring, ask deeper questions, and be motivated to create
further change." - Derek Abbott, University of Adelaide, Australia, from "Is Mathematics Invented or
Discovered?" (Huffpost Science, 9/13/2013).
"Among U.S. states, Maryland, Virginia, and DC are exceptionally vulnerable to
climate change. The states have more than 5,000 miles of Chesapeake and
Atlantic shoreline, almost every inch of which would be degraded or inundated
completely by the projected sea-level rise of up to three feet." - Chesapeake
Climate Action Network.
"I look forward to working with the Steering Committee, Second Nature, and our growing network of
universities and colleges to tackle society's most difficult climate challenges." - President Wim Wiewel,
Portland State University, USA (Chair, Steering Committee, American College and University President's
"After I had given just a few talks about the climate, I realized that the action I was suggesting
to my listeners to take, while essential, were not a match for the problem." - Marshall Saunders,
Founder, Citizens Climate Lobby, USA.
"The dialogue is now shifting gears from climate science to climate action. There's still a lot we need to
learn about the science, but the events of the past year have ended much of the lingering debate and
controversy." - Jane Lubchenco, former administrator of The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA), 2009 to 2013; currently a distinguished professor in the department of integrative biology at
Oregon State University, while serving as adviser to the university on marine studies issues.
Terra Mission (NASA, 1999) . . . "carries five instruments that observe Earth's atmosphere, ocean, land, snow and ice,
and energy budget. Taken together, these observations provide unique insight into how the Earth system works
and how it is changing."
"As a joint initiative between the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and NASA . . . . . Landsat represents the world's
longest continuously acquired collection of space-based moderate-resolution land remote sensing data.
Four decades of imagery provides a unique resource for those who work in agriculture, geology, forestry,
regional planning, education, mapping, and global change research. Landsat images are also invaluable
for emergency response and disaster relief." - NASA Landsat Science.
"CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A new approach to desalination being developed by researchers at MIT and
in South Korea could lead to small, portable desalination units that could be powered by solar cells or batteries
and could deliver enough fresh water to supply the needs of a family or small village. As an added
bonus, the system would also remove many contaminants, viruses and bacteria at the same time." . . . . . Source:
“Direct Seawater Desalination by Ion Concentration Polarization,” by Sung Jae Kim, Sung Hee Ko,
Kwan Hyoung Kang, and Jongyoon Han. Nature Nanotechnology, March 21, 2010. - from MIT News 23 March 2010.
". . . we have found a way to make a membrane (for use in seawater desalination) that can produce higher amounts
of water compared to the commercial membranes being used today, while using the same process." - Mohammed
Rasool Qtaishat, Water for All.
"Concerns about global warming, energy consumption and increased demand
for potable water sources are causing a dramatic expansion of the desalination
industry. These changes present an exciting opportunity for IDA to play a more
centralized role in speaking for the industry to increase public awareness of the
many benefits of desalination, including drought-proof reliability, expandability,
availability and potentially unlimited production." Lisa Henthorne,
International Desalination Association.
"USGS LCI (Land Cover Institute) is a focal point for advancing the science, knowledge, and applications of
land use and land cover information." - USGS LCI, USA.
"The first law of ecology is that everything is related to everything else" - Barry Commoner (1917-2012), author
of The Closing Circle.
Forelaws on Board