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:

No, global warming has not stopped
Got 7 Minutes? Sure you do!!!
A Call for More Science to Combat Shifting Baselines in Puget Sound


Homemade Biosphere.

16 April 2008

Thanks to DIY Happy I add another thing to the list of fun things to do that I’ll probably never get around to. I have wanted to create a perfect biosystem ever since Miss. Heller’s 6th grade science class.

Link: KQED
Via: DIY Happy

Further Reading:
Hoping Sustainability isn’t a Fad

No matter where you stand you will be exploited. Especially when trying to go green.

Ad agency JWT says blue will be the new green – Green Daily


Yet another reason I stopped watching Cable News years ago.

17 March 2008

If one were to have watched five hours of cable news, one would have seen about:

* 35 minutes about campaigns and elections
* 36 minutes about the debate over U.S. foreign policy
* 26 minutes or more of crime
* 12 minutes of accidents and disasters
* 10 minutes of celebrity and entertainment

On the other hand, one would have seen:

* 1 minute and 25 seconds about the environment
* 1 minute and 22 seconds about education
* 1 minute about science and technology
* 3 minutes and 34 seconds about the economy
* 3 minutes and 46 seconds about health and health care

From: Framing Science
Further Reading: Less is More