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For the insulting science bots at davidbowie.com

Just before David Bowie’s death I was active at davidbowie.com. At first, I thought I had found some interesting people. And some of the participants were. But others seemed like science bots, parroting trends without really thinking about them.

Being me, I mentioned the possibility outlined in the above tweet way before it hit the headlines (I tend to be like that). My suggestion was met with insults, ridicule, attempted shaming and scorn. For some, just thinking freely is a major sin.

It seems these lost followers of Bowie have become the Diamond Dogs, themselves. Easy living hypocrites saying all the right PC things while living the life that capitalism affords.

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Interpretation Bias in Climate Change? (Don’t Tell Me How to Think!)

A recent article (tweeted below) says the3% of “Climate Change Denier” scientific studies are flawed. While reading it I couldn’t help but think… okay, so we are supposed to stop thinking and blindly accept both the findings and interpretation of the 97% Climate Change Affirmer” studies?

I just can’t. It’s too stupid and dictatorial.

Science is a human enterprise and ALWAYS involves bias, selectivity and interpretation.

For the record, I do accept that human activity could be a significant contributing factor. But what about other sources of heat? Like inside the Earth. Nobody really talks about that.

More important, however, is the FACT about interpretation. Most everyone sees the temperature increase as a bad thing. But I can’t help but think of a possible counterexample. I’m no scientist or geologist so please take this hypothetically instead of factually.

Origin of Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Remains a Mystery – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Let’s say something from space hits the Earth. An asteroid. This causes all sorts of junk to fly into the atmosphere which blocks out the sun and forces the Earth’s temperature to drop drastically. Some believe this was the cause of the last ice age.

So in this hypothetical scenario, the fact that we are a little bit warmer now might be a good thing down the road. Who knows, it might save us.

Admittedly, this is pretty far out and probably not scientifically predictable. But the point I’m trying to make is that we cannot know for sure how current warmer temperatures will affect us down the road.

So although mankind might be contributing to climate change, it is a matter of interpretation about how that pans out in the long run.

This isn’t complicated thinking. I think most people – even children – could follow the argument. But what disappoints me is that most adults won’t even consider it.

See – What Killed the Dinosaurs?

and – Did an asteroid kill the dinosaurs?

Exhibit Museum Replica Urtier Prehistoric Times

Don’t DENY the possibility. Check the links.


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EP Rewind – A Forum To Restore The Earth

One of my favorite free article sources, Articlesbase.com has recently disappeared. Articlesbase permitted 100 reprints at any one time. I didn’t delete any additional articles that would have pushed Earthpages.org over the 100 article limit. Instead, I made them private posts.

Now that Articlesbase is no more, I think it’s fine to bring these private posts forward. (If any authors disagree, please don’t hesitate to contact me and I’ll happily remove your work asap).

Here’s the first “EP Rewind,” originally published on 2009/11/16. — MC

A Forum To Restore The Earth

Green Weed Cove

Green Weed Cove by Brent Pearson via Flickr

By Adolphpaul

The Green Revolution is here! Many are concerned about saving the planet and restoring it to its pristine glory.

Is it a movement just for the elite?

The green movement is currently a lifestyle choice that people can embrace if money is available to buy organic food and hybrid cars. It is important that it should become main-stream if it is to have any real influence on all of us.

The green solutions prescribed by pundits are expensive and many are not able to afford them. How many of us can afford to install solar- powered panels on the roofs of our homes? These are expensive consumer choices. However, it goes without saying that environmental concerns are the topmost priority.

What is a sustainable blog?

A sustainable blog brings out ideas from different sections of the society to lessen noxious emissions and suggest ways to use clean and green technology that is simple and accessible. For instance, instead of throwing away plastic bottles, why don’t you give them away to the factory to make polyester? Polyester garments are an eco-friendly option.

Its importance in the virtual world

  • Global warming is not something that is going to happen ten or twenty years from now. It is already happening.
  • Unfortunately, governments and industries have been slow in waking up to this fact.
  • Blogs and online communications are an excellent way to keep the pressure on the state for concrete action and measures to minimize the effects of climate change.
  • These are advocacy tools by means of which extensive and broad campaigns can be conducted by environmentalists and the civil society to save the planet from further destruction.
  • Everybody has a stake here and a significant role to play.
  • Eco-themed blogs from around the world discuss issues on the current eco crisis and the measures to tackle it by sustainable means.
  • You would be able to know about clean technology in the UK, climate change concerns in Italy or green farming in Canada.

It is important that an economy has to evolve from green technology and provides a sustainable life to us. A sustainable community would suggest ways to minimize our negative impact upon the planet. There has been a growing awareness among environment and sustainable groups to ensure that the existing resources on the planet do not get wastefully depleted.

The future generations should not suffer for the negligent actions of the past and present communities. Sustainable living is not an option. It is a necessity.
Overpopulation and a fierce battle for resources have wrecked havoc on the fragile eco-system of our planet. It is imperative that you should be conscious of your actions in conserving the planet by eco-friendly methods and limit over-consumption.

About the Author

Commoncircle.net is a social networking site where you can post and share your reviews, information on sustainable blog.

Article Source: ArticlesBase.comA Forum To Restore The Earth


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Arctic greenbelt on increase – climate change

More new plants to compensate for those drying up?


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Climate change – Is it any wonder… you’re too cool to fool…

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Lava and plumes from the Holuhraun Fissure Eruption by the Bardarbunga Volcano, Iceland. On August 29, 2014, a fissure eruption started in Holuhraun at the northern end of a magma intrusion that had moved progressively north, from the Bardarbunga volcano. Bardarbunga is a stratovolcano located under Vatnajokull, Iceland’s most extensive glacier.

When David Bowie was still with us, God Bless his forever hip soul, I got into this big, gnarly debate about climate change at his web site forum. I had thought that fans of Bowie would be intelligent, open-minded folk. But to my surprise I often found uninspiring conventionality, especially when it came to thinking intelligently about the multifaceted phenomenon of climate change. I simply wanted to question not only the science but, perhaps, more important, the interpretation of findings about climate change. Science always has an interpretive stage, no matter what data it looks at.

Today I found this article, which suggests that cosmic events, way beyond our atmosphere, may have a profound effect on climate. Another factor often overlooked is that magma flows below the Earth’s surface. So fissures and leaks could possibly affect surface temperate, along with the generally agreed upon factor of CO2.

Anyhow, I imagine Dr. Bowie would have endorsed intelligent thought on this, rather than an uncritical, clannish acceptance of the mainstream explanation for and interpretation of global warming.

MC


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Another take on the same Climate Change story (see yesterday’s post)

Continuing with my “science is not objective” argumentation on another website, the owner of that site offered some opposing opinions. It’s usually good to be challenged. It makes us reflect, focus and articulate our views in the most, we would hope, helpful way. Not to say anyone has the final word on anything. But I do think that in certain circumstances some opinions could be of more value or “closer to the truth” than others.

Regarding science, we’d do well to remember that regardless of whatever data we are dealing with, there is always an interpretation stage. People interpret data.

So here’s a slightly different take on yesterday’s story.

 


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Climate change could have positive effect in some countries

There is such global hysteria about climate change that few would stop to consider its potentially positive effects. To attribute all global warming to CO2 in my opinion is lousy science. And I wonder who gets funded these days: Those researchers who lament global warming or those who simply want to study it as calmly and objectively as possible?

Not too hard to guess.

But that’s the point. Science is not entirely objective. It’s a human enterprise, grounded in social norms and expectations. Unfortunately, too many folks these days are brainwashed by science to appreciate that. So that’s why I often call science the “new religion” of the 21st C.

—MC