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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Global Warming, and the State of Fear

On Global Warming, and State of Fear - KnowProSE.com: "All the data I have read largely supports global warming, but that doesn't make it right, and science is not a democracy where popular opinion gets to change how the universe works. If it did, we certainly would be in a much bigger mess than we are now. As Richard Feynman once said:
For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.

In other words, we should talk about reality instead of theories. Whether public opinion likes it or not, Global Warming is still a theory. There is strong evidence to support it, but again - like Feynman said:
We have a habit in writing articles published in scientific journals to make the work as finished as possible, to cover up all the tracks, to not worry about the blind alleys or describe how you had the wrong idea at first, and so on. So there isn't any place to publish, in a dignified manner, what you actually did in order to get to do the work.

I am not implying that the scientists who published these papers didn't do good work. What I am saying is that we don't know everything about how they came up with ideas and methods. We depend on scientists - as we always have - to make sure that they don't miss things. And to the credit of scientists, they don't usually miss things - or so we believe, because with nature we're almost 100% certain that if we know something, we'll eventually find out something else which will change our minds. Or which should change our minds. Albert Einstein ended up having disputes with Isaac Newton's ideas because they were deeply embedded in Science as being the only way. But it was that very resistance which helped prove Einstein's theories." Read more.


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