“I don’t agree with global warming.”
Are you a scientist? Do you have empirical evidence?
“The people say they do not believe in gravity. Even though they have no basis for that opinion. Go figure.” -Sir Isaac Newton
Is there a vote that I’m unaware of?
When Isaac Newton discovered gravity, did the populace say they didn’t “agree” with it?
When Crick and Watson found DNA, did we vote on it?
When Copernicus figured out that the planets revolved around the earth, I’m sure there were those who still believed the earth was the center of our Universe. Umm, we can see how things worked out.
There seems to be no end to the ignorance around us today. Or maybe we see it more because people feel compelled to share their ignorance on social media.
“I do not believe in climate change.”
When I see things like this the poster / writer appears so completely ignorant I am speechless.
Politics and religion are polluting our science, as are the tens of thousands of people with no expertise at all that “weigh in” on matters they know nothing about.
When did we become a nation that decided science doesn’t stand alone? When did we become a nation of people unembarrassed to present ourselves as ignorant?
Climate change is a change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns when that change lasts for an extended period of time (i.e., decades to millions of years).
That’s all it is. A change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns over time.
In the scientific community there is a 97.4% consensus that we are seeing global warming and climate change. These opinions are based on research and solid science.
However, most of us need only observe weather patterns over our own lifetime to suspect something is afoot.
But we have no idea what because most of us are not scientists.
I am astonished at the number of lay people who think that science is something to weigh in on.
Because that means we have a whole boatload of ignorance in our society.
Which is becoming clearer with each passing year.
Oh, and about gravity. Let me be perfectly honest. There IS a scientist who suggests gravity may be a weird illusion and that something else is afoot. Like the laws of thermodynamics.
But he is a SCIENTIST.
He does not hold a random position. He STUDIES this stuff.
He doesn’t hold a position based on politics or religion. He holds a position that perhaps some other scientific thing is going on.
(Shaking my head.)