Posted by: The Amoeba | December 8, 2009

The Creationism of Climate Change

Scientists who study life on Earth have something in common with scientists who study the climate of Earth. Besides being scientists, that is.

Practically all life scientists accept that life on Earth initially evolved from non-living materials billions of years ago, and has continued to evolve via natural selection – as initially proposed by Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace in 1859, and as supported and enhanced since by long catalogues of facts.

About half of the rest of We the People reject evolution.

Practically all climate scientists accept that the Earth’s atmospheric temperature is rising and that human-generated carbon dioxide is a primary cause of that rise – as initially proposed by Roger Revelle and Hans Suess in 1957, and as supported and enhanced since by long catalogues of facts.

About half of the rest of We the People reject anthropogenic global warming.

Both life and climate scientists deal with “arguments”, usually endlessly-iterated catchphrases, that are inaccessible to logic. As Richard Dawkins relates in The God Delusion, a person once heard Dawkins out and then told him, ‘Your argument is compelling, but I don’t believe it.’

Both life and climate scientists deal with ad hominem attacks that seek to discredit their work by assassinating their characters. As if the alleged indiscretions of golfer Tiger Woods somehow erase the scores Woods posted in winning, to date, 14 major championships. (That earthquake was the flamboyant, and less than discrete, golf legend Walter Hagen rolling over in his grave, laughing hysterically over the Woods furore.)

Both life and climate scientists face these challenges, in part, because, as Jeff Masters (yes, Mom, him again) so eloquently puts it in the latest entry to his “Manufactured Doubt” blog series, they “are honest, incredibly hard-working … servants who are enduring a punishing assault on their integrity because they are the bearers of bad news (emphasis added)”.

Bad news to the religions, especially Christian religions, because the findings of the life scientists place at risk the operations of the self-appointed keepers of our spiritual well-being.

Bad news to the fossil fuel industries, because the findings of the climate scientists place at risk the operations of the self-appointed keepers of our material well-being.

Both the religions and the fossil fuel industries have fought back. By proclamation of dogma (of, literally, the “Good News” in the case of Christianity) or manufacturing of doubt. And, most importantly, by means of emotional appeals. A cross moves more hearts than a dissertation. A Hummer is a whole lot sexier, and easier to grasp, than a long catalogue of facts. And it may even cost less.

Both the religions and the fossil fuel industries pay people, often handsomely, who are trained in the techniques of manipulating feelings. Precisely what the scientist is trained to abhor. It is obviously money well spent … for half of We the People are supporting the hypothesis that an ounce of emo is worth a pound – nay, a ton – of data.

And therefore – because the very people who profit most from your agreement to this statement say so – neither evolution nor global warming exist.

  – O Ceallaigh
Copyright © 2009 Felloffatruck Publications. All wrongs deplored.
All opinions are mine as a private citizen.

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  1. So there are the good people and the bad people.
    The good people believe in Global Warming while the dumb frightened bad people don’t.
    The bad people are manipulated by gross amounts of bad money.
    The good people never fudge facts and certainly would never say or do anything just to get gross government grants. They just wouldn’t. If they get caught doing it it means less than Tiger Woods cheating on his wife. But if one could show Tiger Woods cheated on his game it would mean something or maybe not. Solid reason stands with you good people. I feel better now thast I know the ” truth”.

    • Thank you, reverend sir, for letting me know that I am wasting my time here. I can now shut this blog down.

  2. Dr. John — As far as I can tell, you’ve just proven Amoeba’s point admirably. Your response sounds more emotional than logical.

  3. Not wasting your time, Amoeba. But you can’t outmartyr a disciple. I know because Jesus tried and then, sure enough, Peter goes and dies the same way but upside down and in Rome.

    Some may be good and some may be bad, but we all whine about the same. Meanwhile, it’s cold here so your science is wrong.

  4. It’s frustrating. I read science fiction because I like to believe there’s a future. Sometimes reading the newspaper or just looking around me, convinces me there isn’t.

    Hopefully the Seti project will find us some benevolent extraterrestial overlords soon to mend our ways–we don’t seem to be able to do it ourselves. And yes, at this point I *have* completely retreated into a fantasy world.

    Yay!


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