affluenza (noun): a portmanteau derived from af(fluent) + (in)fluenza; extreme materialism which is the impetus for accumulating wealth and for overconsumption of goods; also, feelings of guilt and isolation from the dysfunctional pursuit of wealth and goods; a disease caused by consumerism, commercialism, and rampant materialism and its antidote is simple living.
AGI: human-level intelligence or more broadly “artificial general intelligence.”
albedo (noun): the ratio of the light reflected by a planet or satellite to that received by it.
anthropocene (noun): a word coined by Paul Crutzen (Nobel-Prize-winning Dutch chemist) for the present geological epoch (from the Industrial Revolution onwards), during which humanity has begun to have a significant impact on global climate and ecosystems.
apsis (noun): (Astronomy) – either of two points in an eccentric orbit, one (higher apsis) farthest from the center of attraction, the other (lower apsis) nearest to the center of attraction.
cavil (noun): a trivial and annoying objection; the raising of such objections/(verb) to oppose by insequential or frivolous objections: to cavil each item on an agenda
geoengineering (noun): the National Academy of Sciences defined geoengineering as “options that would involve large-scale engineering of our environment in order to combat or counteract the effects of changes in atmospheric chemistry.”
IPAT (equation): I=PxAxT (commonly pronounced “eye-pat”) is a formula alleged to describe the factors and their relationship that cause environmental degradation. In this formula: I stands for impact; P for Population; A for Affluence (or amount consumed); and T for Technology. It alleges that the three factors compound. The formular was recently “rescued” kookdom by NG (Mar 2011).
levada (noun): an irrigation channel or aqueduct specific to the island of Maderia in the Atlantic Ocean.; Portuguese for “led.”
maven (noun): an expert or connoisseur
minion (noun): a servile follower or subordinate of a person in power; a minor official
non sequitur: a statement containing an illogical conclusion; an inference or a conclusion that does not follow from the premises.
plinth (noun): a square base or a lower block, as of a pedestal; a slablike member beneath the base of a column or pier.
portmanteau (noun) or portmanteau word: word blending the sound of two different words; a blend of two (or more) words or morphemes and their meaning into one new word, usually combining specifically the beginning syllables of one word and the end syllables of another; eg. influenza+affluence=affluenza
scree (noun): an accumulation of weathered rock fragments at the foot of a cliff or hillside, often forming a sloping heap; also called talus
singularity (noun): the moment when technological changes becomes so rapid and profound, it represents a rupture in the fabric of human history.//The word was borrowed from astrophysics where it refers to a point in space-time–for example, inside a black hole–at which the rules of ordinary physics do not apply.
singularitarian (noun): a small but intense and globally distributed hive of like-minded thinkers who take the singularity serious.
squishy (adj.): soft and wet; emotional or sentimental; related: squishiness (noun)
talus (noun): see “scree”
wonk (noun): a person who studies a subject or issue in an excessively assiduous and thorough manner: a policy wonk
ylem (noun): the original matter from which the basic elements are said to have been formed following the explosion postulated in the big bang theory of cosmology.