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Scientists must keep passions in check

The environmental movement has begun to approach scientific issues with a similar zealotry typically found in religious fanaticism. A case in point: global warming................We need skeptical scientists to keep public and political passions in check. Otherwise, we devolve in our thinking to the point where unverified beliefs, held strong enough, can become idolatry.

The environmental movement has begun to approach scientific issues with a similar zealotry typically found in religious fanaticism. A case in point: global warming.

The climate is a highly complex, dynamic and little-understood system. Scientists have only begun to scratch the surface of understanding as to the multiple variables and factors that shape climate change. For example, changes in solar radiation and cloud formation reflectivity have on our climate is little understood. Meaning, it may play a major role, or, may have little impact to earth's temperature. The fact is, we don't know. It is also unknown if we are entering another of history's many warming and cooling cycles. Why don't we know this? Because scientists do not know what set off these cycles in the first place, nor do they know if we are entering them now, and if so, for how long. Granted, the rise in greenhouse gas to the rise in temperature is statistically correlated. However, correlations are not causation, yet most of the public information on this variable set presents this data as if it were.

There are very credible scientists who are concerned that this debate is getting out of hand:... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

The environmental movement has begun to approach scientific issues with a similar zealotry typically found in religious fanaticism. A case in point: global warming.

The climate is a highly complex, dynamic and little-understood system. Scientists have only begun to scratch the surface of understanding as to the multiple variables and factors that shape climate change. For example, changes in solar radiation and cloud formation reflectivity have on our climate is little understood. Meaning, it may play a major role, or, may have little impact to earth's temperature. The fact is, we don't know. It is also unknown if we are entering another of history's many warming and cooling cycles. Why don't we know this? Because scientists do not know what set off these cycles in the first place, nor do they know if we are entering them now, and if so, for how long. Granted, the rise in greenhouse gas to the rise in temperature is statistically correlated. However, correlations are not causation, yet most of the public information on this variable set presents this data as if it were.

There are very credible scientists who are concerned that this debate is getting out of hand: They should not be ridiculed or labeled "deniers" because their research findings may conflict with popular thought or agenda.

We need skeptical scientists to keep public and political passions in check. Otherwise, we devolve in our thinking to the point where unverified beliefs, held strong enough, can become idolatry.



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MAR 12 2007
http://www.windaction.org/posts/7751-scientists-must-keep-passions-in-check
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