Friday, November 27, 2009

One of the "gentle, angry peeeeeople," here to help you


B. Daniel Blatt at Gay Patriot has some musings on Climate-gate:

Basically, it boils down to this: they’ve been doctoring the data on global warming because they need it to be so. First, if private industry has created this problem, then it becomes to easier for them to demand increased government control over our society, giving greater power to a certain “anointed” class (which must needs include them). And second, it makes it easier to be critical of our species, particularly that part of our species which resides in the industrialized West or otherwise contributes to the civilization of the West.

If I do have anything original to offer, it might be about that second point, though I’m pretty sure I’m not the first to raise it.

There is a fascinating irony to the attitude under consideration in that second point. The very notion of self-criticism is a a key aspect of Western civilization. And yet, some have taken it to an extreme. It’s not just some problems that can be attributed to our society, our culture, our civilization, our species, but every major problem must needs be one of human design. Some have taken a key aspect of Western civilization to indict that very civilization (and, in other fields of endeavor, to blame the West while excusing the rest even when their crimes are far worse).

Thus, if the temperatures of the earth are increasing, it must be due to carbon emissions, and that any evidence of a Medieval Warm Period must be discredited.

The long and the short of it that there is more to climategate than meets the eye. It’s not just about doctoring the data.

As I have felt for quite a while. It's no longer politics. It's a mental health issue.

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