Stalinist and Stupid, Part 3: Attacking Reason
Where Reason Goes to Die
In final installment of this series we will discuss the perversion of science being proposed by Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, et al. Science is being perverted at expense of all Americans and at the peril of the foundation of all our Constitutional rights. Yes, it is that bad. It is an attack on reason itself.
Religion as Science
In a work entitled On the Extraordinary: An Attempt at Clarification,[1. Zetetic Scholar, Vol. 1, No. 1, p. 11, 1978] Marcello Truzzi stated "An extraordinary claim requires extraordinary proof." It is a challenge often thrown down when addressing miraculous or supernatural phenomena. In discussions of the spirit world, the response to the challenge is never answered satisfactorily for even the mildest of honest skeptics. Proof is often offered in the form of restating the original claim in another way or implying fault on the part of the challenger. He lacks the requisite faith to understand the Holy Church of XYZ. But the proof is not forthcoming.
Science as Religion
We see the same behavior when dealing with climate change/global warming (CC/GW) activists and alarmist. Like most religious movements, the Church of CC/GW was created and spread amongst the heathen to the benefit of those making the extraordinary claims. A professor in the UK was trying to make a name for himself. By farting around with temperature statistics and using an odd combination of methods, he was able to create a possible scenario regarding future, theoretical temperatures. By continuing to play with the model, using wilder and wilder assumptions - few, if any, have ever occurred - he was able to produce an alarming upswing in temperatures. When his findings were picked up by opportunistic laymen, all possible outcomes were based on the existence of one gas and it's effects on the climate. The countless other influences, whether diminishing or amplifying, were ignored. By exploiting the irrational fears inspired by the alarmists, less then ethical people like Al Gore have profited nicely from investing in "clean energy alternatives" that don't work, yet are flooded with government dollars. And those in government who dole out those tax dollars make lots of money back in the form of campaign donations and bullshit "honoraria".
Like religion, when doubt is cast upon the Church of GW/CC, the evidence provided the doubter is a louder repetition of the original claim. If the doubter is dissatisfied with that, he is told the 97% of all scientists agree that man and CO2 are causing climate change and global warming. This is not only untrue,[2. I'll Alex Epstien, of Forbes magazine provide an important insight here.] it is an obscenely unscientific argument. That a lot of people say or think something does not make it correct. It would make an interesting side note, perhaps add a bit of credibility to an argument, if true. But in this case it is not at all true.
In any event, it is not evidence. When an honest skeptic persists beyond the 97% poll crap, the skeptic is then labeled a "denier". The origin of this is the label put on people who denied the Holocaust. For that event we have real-time documentary evidence. Denying it makes you quite the conspiracy theorist. No one has successfully argued the Holocaust didn't happen. And no one who has denied the Holocaust as done so without an extremist agenda.
Arrogance Run Amok
The intent is clear. Lacking a convincing, scientific argument, GW/CC cultists use the most egregious charge they can find to vilify anyone who would question their religious dogma. Reason and intellectual curiosity have been declared verboten by the GW/CC believers. Careers in the sciences have been destroyed by the zealots. This is especially true on college campi. This is just one example of how reason is left to wither at colleges and universities. But it is also the most dangerous.
All this self-righteous abuse comes from people who do not know what the optimum mean temperature of the earth should be. No one knows that. It is unknowable with our present understanding of the universe. We don't know if we are moving toward it or away from it. And yet these climate geeks feel free to destroy anyone who dares to speak against them.
The New Inqisition
Days ago, in a nod to the looniest of the American left, the Democrat Party has placed in their platform a codified instrument of government persecution. Thinkers of every stripe in any field need to oppose this fascistic action. You may not be shocked to hear that the felon/candidate, Hillary Clinton has endorsed this proposal.
What it says is that any company who disagrees with GW/CC alarmists should be prosecuted under racketeering statutes or sued under the color of governmental authority for contributing to the destruction of the planet.
If this plank survives the convention, our lives will be forever altered. Politicians who pretend to believe they can alter the Earth's temperature by .06 degrees over 20 years by manipulating the presence of one gas in the atmosphere (they really do know they can't) will be able to stifle speech and reason on ANY subject, if doing so is popular enough. Note: I didn't say true or important enough. Just faddish will do.
Please read The Perversion of Knowledge (Available of Amazon). If the Stalinist, GW/CC dogma plank isn't laughed and jeered out of the Democratic platform, this book will be the model of your future and the future of our centers of learning.
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