05 September 2011

Scientific Debate Continues

This debate is probably not of the same degree of magnitude—I wonder if there is a Richter-like scale to compare and contrast scientific debates—as that of the Polish polymath Nicolaus Copernicus, see the portrait to the left, and his colleagues of the 16th century as they argued about the earth versus the sun as being the center of the universe.

There are some parallels though, as Twain would say, "history doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme:" astronomy was a kind of hobby for Copernicus as he was very busy doing all sorts of other important things such as being a mathematician, translator, artist, Catholic cleric, diplomat etc, not unlike many of the daring skeptics of the global warming cult; and like Copernican ideas about our sun being the center of the universe being replaced, it seems likely there will be better theories to come in the climate change wars.


Although the outcome of the War is not perfectly clear, it does seem as if the tides have changed for the worse for the warmest side, though our main-stream media have not been able to discern this change thus far. A nice summary of recent dispatches from the fronts can be found here, as well as the source of this excellent image to the right.

Especially because of the vast cultural and economic consequences for all of us, like war for generals, we cannot let climate science be the exclusive playground for climate scientists. Ordinary folks could ignore Father Copernicus because the argument didn't affect their lives, but we will have to pay attention to this argument because some, if not most, of our natural leaders in the scientific and political realms are failing to understand what is going on.

[To encourage them, perhaps we should use some demonstration of understanding as a litmus test for candidates for any political office higher than county clerk for example.]

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