18 March 2007

Taking Science Off Centre Stage--Mike Hulme

Strict conformity to the climate orthodoxy--catastrophic anthropogenic global warming--among scientific accolytes and priests, is necessary to prevent a runaway heresy among the ignorant rabble of the public.

We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Mike Hulme for stating the issue in a way that even the less intelligent of the proles can understand.
Philosophers and practitioners of science have identified this particular mode of scientific activity as one that occurs where the stakes are high, uncertainties large and decisions urgent, and where values are embedded in the way science is done and spoken.

It has been labelled "post-normal" science. ... The danger of a "normal" reading of science is that it assumes science can first find truth, then speak truth to power, and that truth-based policy will then follow. ... If only climate change were such a phenomenon and if only science held such an ascendancy over our personal, social and political life and decisions. In fact, in order to make progress about how we manage climate change we have to take science off centre stage. ...

What matters about climate change is not whether we can predict the future with some desired level of certainty and accuracy; it is whether we have sufficient foresight, supported by wisdom, to allow our perspective about the future, and our responsibility for it, to be altered. All of us alive today have a stake in the future, and so we should all play a role in generating sufficient, inclusive and imposing knowledge about the future. Climate change is too important to be left to scientists - least of all the normal ones.

Of course we cannot trust normal scientists to deal with this most important issue of our day. Normal scientists believe that science leads to truth. We know there is no such thing as truth--there is only what we know to be correct. Those of us who know, must guard the controlling power jealously, to prevent heresy--even well-meaning heresy.

Richard Dawkins' recent bestseller, "The Global Warming Delusion", is a good example of what happens when the wrong sort of person begins to expound on orthodoxy. It simply cannot be allowed any longer.

To end this official orthodox bull, I give you this link to a video by Sally Baliunas, a well meaning accolyte, but one who must soon be disciplined by the orthodoxy. You are forbidden to watch the video. It is enough to understand that such heresies exist.

Apologies to wikipedia and Richard Dawkins. Hat tip to Greenie Watch.

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