Should I be silent?
I recently came back after a long silence. My first essay was the reason. The two that followed were the product of the sadness in me after seeing no change in people's attitudes after all that has happened. I come across as disrespectful when I don't respect things that are echoes of the same litany over and over again. I'm sorry for the effect that has had on some of you but I will not pretend to respect views I see as destructive. Right now it is very destructive to ignore the situation we are in.
You can ignore what I say as you have all along. I spent my life studying our situation and, as my book with Jim Coffman spells out in good academic clarity, I am very pessimistic. I am pessimistic because of the evidence. I am pessimistic because each new experiment in trying to make all this clear ends up with a large majority of those responding missing the point and ignoring the gravity of our situation.
So tell me if you can't handle my style or my message. I'll go back to playing chess on line. I'm pretty good.