Posts tagged global warming
It’s common knowledge that there is a “consensus” among “experts” that human caused global warming is a fact. But is this really true? If it was ever true, the tide may be turning. James Lovelock, famous as the originator of the Gaia Hypothesis, now admits in a new book:
The climate certainly does appear to be changing, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that this is caused by humans. When you hear people say that it’s been proven that humans are the cause of global warming, think about it? How could anyone know this, unless they have some human-free parallel earth as a control?
It is extremely politically incorrect to question man made global warming. The implication is that if you take an opposing position, you don’t care about the environment and are an apologist for big business. This doesn’t have to be the case. We can agree that pollution is bad, and that there are some extremely dangerous effects produced by humans in recent years -e.g. radiation, GMOs, pesticides, electromagnetic fields and so forth. Our air, land and oceans are certainly polluted, and this is a threat to both animals and humans. But that doesn’t necessarily mean large scale climate change.
To complicate matters even more, there is the fact of governments experimenting with weather control as a weapon. So we have to be open to the possibility that some apparently natural catastrophes are in fact caused by humans. Again, however, this is distinct from human caused climate change.
Epistemology is the branch of philosophy that deals with knowledge. What do we know and how do we know it? This can be pretty abstract, but when you apply it to issues that everyone talks about -and things that “everybody knows” it can get interesting -and controversial.
It is now pretty much indisputable that global warming is caused by humans –or is it? There are still scientists who believe that climate change is a natural phenomenon -and that “global warming” is not what it appears. Yet, it has become extremely politically incorrect to even raise this issue. To some, to question global warming in any way makes you a reactionary or the tool of Big Oil (or some such label).
The upcoming International Conference on Climate Change, to be held in New York in March, will feature a number of scientists who question the conventional wisdom of climate change. Now, I don’t pretend to have the expertise to be able to have an opinion on this subject that is worth much. However, I might ask, how many people who “know” the truth about climate change -or many other issues- are really in a position to know the truth? How much of what we “know” is simply repeated something we’ve heard many times? Some other examples about things we might question the official story regarding – evolution, the attacks of 9/11/01, the effectiveness of much modern medicine, to name a few.
I feel the need to add that questioning climate change is not an attack on environmentalist or green ideas (though it could be used for that purpose, of course). Environmental problems are definitely real –much of our air, food and water is contaminated (this is actually much easier to prove than the idea that global warming is caused by humans).
I think everyone who considers themselves educated or well-informed should at least expose themselves to alternative possibilities.