One swallow does not a summer make.

22 April 2008

With this past weeks weather breaking records for latest snow fall in a year for this region it was inevitable comments against global warming. Comments like,
“pfft Global Warming? Yea right!”
“So much for Global Warming.”
And my favorite, “I want to see somebody tell me about global warming while it’s snowing like this!”

The Blue Marble

source: nasa

So I took their challenge. Instead of going on about the elementary differences between climate and weather I simply stated. “It’s hard to argue with scientific facts.” The reply sounded more like partisan talking points than the base for any reasonable argument. After giving in I ended up talking about the research methods to which my carpool driver replied, “I just don’t buy it.”

Despite any facts or evidence presented people like this will never believe in Climate Change. They probably would have been the same people arguing that the world was flat and may have even led the mob in crucifying those offering evidence to the contrary. Perhaps they feel insecure about this elitists attitude of science, and revel in the opportunity to put their adversaries in their place at the drop of snow.

“The problem with people who just don’t buy it are that their opinion is based in the fear of some grand socialist conspiracy.”

Scientist are the modern pagans in the eyes of the church. When the Church could not convert the pagans to their side, they instead chose to turn their gods into saints. Suddenly the Catholic Church became engulfed in pagan tradition and ritual. Shamrocks used to explain the trinity, resurrection celebrations celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal equinox replace the celebration of fertility.

It has become apparent that religion and science will not be able to convert the other so a compromise is trying to be made. Pseudo science is being offered as proof of the divine in the form of intelligent design and now Laminin. I’m losing faith that this conversation is worth having anymore from either side of the fence. Resolve cannot exist when either side aims to consume all.

Related Links:

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