Monday, December 20, 2010

Are We Headed Towards a New Period of Great Art?

During the Dalton Minimum, a period of reduced sunspots and solar activity lasting from 1790 to 1830, the world experienced a number of very severe winters.  It was a great time for Dutch Painters:

Andreas Schelfhout - Skaters in Stormy Weather
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A guest poster over at Watts Up with That argues that the sun may be entering another period of reduced solar activity, leading to more severe winters in the future.  The post is kind of dense, and the evidence, while suggestive, is not dispositive.  Skepticism is good.

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