Friday, June 22, 2007
Thought Experiments ('That dolphin-torn, that gong-tormented blog.' Yeats) was intended to play with imaginary possibilities, what ifs. I have not done much of this lately. Stricken with guilt, I now return to my roots. What if melting icebergs promoted phytoplankton blooms that absorbed carbon dioxide and thus helped prevent global warming, the phenomenon that caused more melting icebergs in the first place? Oh, hang on, they do. Okay, what if obese people, though more likely to suffer heart attacks, were better able to survive than people of average weight? Oh, hang on, they are. Reality manufactures its own what ifs without any assistance from this blog ('On Thought Experiments/I can connect/Nothing with nothing.' Eliot). Information is paradox.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 4:53 am