Monday, March 24, 2008
  Mirror universe

Rather astonishing admission in the latest issue of New Science-ist mag.


Climate skeptics are right.

Temperature increases do precede rises in atmospheric carbon dioxide - the opposite of what you'd expect if changes in CO2 levels were really driving climate change. That's the verdict of leading atmospheric modeller Peter Cox, a climate expert at the University of Exeter. Yet far from dismissing the threat of global warming, Cox says this means things are worse than we thought. Events in the Little Ice Age, 400 years ago, prove the point, he says. "In climate change, we have been in denial about how temperature changes CO2. ... People on both sides want a one-way link, but the historical record shows that causality goes both ways." Embarrassingly for climate modellers, Cox added, "Actually, CO2 is more sensitive to temperature than the other way round."


At the risk of sounding like the standard leftist caller to talk radio, "I have a thousand things to say about this."

And the host inevitably says "Well, pick one......"



Okay, I'll pick one.

TOLD YA SO.

Now I'll pick another.

IF YOU WERE REALLY SCIENTISTS, YOU WOULDN'T HAVE LOOKED AT THE DAMN DATA BACKWARDS FOR 30 YEARS.

Now another.

WHY IS PETER COX ENTITLED TO SAY THIS WHILE FRED SINGER IS NOT?

Now another.

I WOULDN'T ***EXPECT*** CO2 TO CONTROL TEMPERATURE UNLESS I HAD ***OBSERVED*** CO2 CONTROLLING TEMPERATURE. THE ONLY THING WE CAN ***OBSERVE*** IN THE ***ACTUAL DATA*** IS THAT TEMPERATURE CONTROLS CO2.

Now another.

YOU GODDAMN SCIENCE-ISTS ARE ALWAYS SCREECHING ABOUT THE CONTRADICTIONS OF CHRISTIANITY, ABOUT THE CHRISTIAN TENDENCY TO TREAT SUFFERING AS EVIDENCE OF THE GOODNESS OF GOD. NOW YOU FINALLY ADMIT REALITY, BUT YOU TREAT THE REALITY AS EVIDENCE OF YOUR FALSE THEORY.

Now another.

THOMAS KUHN OBSERVED THAT THE ONLY WAY A SCIENTIFIC THEORY EVER DIES IS WHEN ALL OF ITS ADHERENTS DIE. QUICKLY, PLEASE.

= = = = =

Meanwhile back at the ranch, our media, candidates, formerly Christian churches, and bureaucrats, are all roaring toward Kyoto with turbocharged intensity.

Perhaps this sea-change in American politics and culture is the real reason why the science-ists now feel free to start admitting a tiny piece of fact. They have accomplished their purpose; they have finished imposing Stalinism on the western world; the movement is now unstoppable, given the inertia of media, politics, and churches. So now they can afford to salve whatever microsmidgen remains of their professional pride by admitting a fact or two.
 


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