Sunday, February 21, 2010
I’ve never understood why the American perception of truth is so easily manipulated by sound bites generated by big money.
I’ve been looking over the “Climategate” email scandal. Scientists have really been bullied by a misguided political agenda.
98.5% of the scientific community is convinced that climate change is exacerbated by humans. So why do 1.5% of those not persuaded make the issue controversial?
A few years ago I was at a party where a woman casually remarked that the earth was 6,000 years old as if it was undeniable fact. Involuntarily I blurted out, “Idiot!” I was asked to leave the party. I actually called everyone the next day to apologize. The fact that ice cores measuring climate change going back 740,000 years didn’t matter to them.
Another friend of mine casually said. “I don’t believe in evolution!” It doesn’t matter that 200 years of evidence just grows stronger and stronger. There’s been nothing to disprove it. Somehow science has become the enemy of religion. I guess it always has been but even religious views get modified.
When I pressed this same friend about proof of God she replied, “Why do you think they call it faith?” I remember when I had faith in Santa Claus.
I’m beginning to wonder if scientific evidence is perceived as satanic distraction.
My beliefs have bothered people. “Surely you’re agnostic, not atheist?” When I experience one shred of evidence to the contrary, I’ll become agnostic. I wonder why people can’t at least be agnostic about science. They even take pride in their ignorant convictions.
I know I come off as a jerk but I get frustrated by all the denial.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
1 often capitalized : a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition 2 : a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control
-----From Merriam Webster
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