Global Warming: Science or Emotion?

While doing a Google search on Thomas Kuhn and global warming, I stumbled across a lengthy review of a book by warming alarmist Mark Lynas, Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet. The review, written by Josie Appleton in Spiked, contained this nugget of wisdom:

The less self-reflective the science, and the more it is founded on political and moral campaigns, the less reliable it is likely to be. And in Lynas, we see how global warming science has become a foil for a whole series of political and moral agendas, a way of discussing everything from the sins of consumerism to human arrogance. Outlining the effects of a four degrees rise in temperature, Lynas writes: ‘Poseidon [God of the sea] is angered by arrogant affronts from mere mortals like us. We have woken him from a thousand-year slumber, and this time his wrath will know no bounds.’ Not only Poseidon and Gaia but also terms such as ‘Mother Nature’ and ‘nature’s revenge’ have slipped into everyday discussion about climate change. Darwin did not, so far as we know, give names of Gods to his finches. When scientific concepts start to be discussed in such emotional terms, it suggests that they say more about wish than reality.

I thought this quote was appropriate to share on this Earth Day, when we are being treated to so much blather about how we must change our ways for the sake of the planet. Perhaps some changes are necessary, but let’s be very careful here: Science that gets hijacked by political and moral agendas can cause a lot of unintended but serious harm.

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One response to “Global Warming: Science or Emotion?

  1. Well said, sir.

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