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Climate change sinks embattled troglodytes

Poor Tim Blair. Poor Miranda. Increasingly they look like flat earthists geocentrists* in a post-Galileo world.

See the report Hot, parched and sinking – apocalypse Sydney in today’s Herald, but even more importantly go to Climate change in Australia: “Climate Change in Australia was developed by CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology in partnership with the Australian Greenhouse Office through the Australian Climate Change Science Program.”

I have raised the profile of my previous posts on the subject: see the left side-bar under “21st century climate sceptics take note.”

* Thanks, Jangari. 😉

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Written by Neil

October 3, 2007 at 9:07 am

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  1. Just as a matter of historical correctness, wouldn’t they look like geocentricists in a post-Galileo world? By Galileo’s time, the sphericity of the Earth had already been mathematically established for nearly 2000 years.

    Absolutely right though, the weight of evidence is becoming almost humorous, if it weren’t so alarming.


    October 3, 2007 at 9:46 am

  2. Right – one wonders how they can still stick to such conclusions in the face of such overwhelming evidence to the contrary.


    October 3, 2007 at 3:18 pm

  3. Ooooooo… Time for my pet peeve with a word you use 😉

    “Sceptic”/”Skeptic”, IMHO is a word for people who value deductive reasoning, require evidence and prefer parsimony. As a result, they don’t buy into dogma and are corrigible in light of new evidence. It’s an epistemological persuasion, rather than a stance on an issue.

    If you remember the first person from the panel questioned after the great global warming swindle, he said he was a global warming sceptic/skeptic, even thought he believed it was a reality. I believe he was making my point for me.

    I think It’s also a title worthy of a certain amount of respect.

    Said culture warriors haven’t demonstrated or earned any of these things.


    October 3, 2007 at 9:15 pm

  4. If you wish, Bruce, you may use the word in that positive way. However:

    skep·tic (skep′tik)


    skeptical: used esp. in philosophy

    Etymology: L scepticus < Gr skeptikos, thoughtful, inquiring < skeptesthai, to consider…


    1. a member of any of the ancient Greek philosophical schools that denied the possibility of any certain knowledge
    2. a person who believes in or practices philosophical skepticism
    3. a person who habitually doubts, questions, or suspends judgment upon matters generally accepted
    4. a person who doubts religious doctrines

    The common usage in “climate change skeptic” relates to sense 3; what you are saying seems to relate to sense 2.

    I am a devout follower of Crystal in such matters, so I will continue to write “climate change skeptic” (even “sceptic”) without compunction.


    October 3, 2007 at 9:24 pm

  5. I am a devout follower of Crystal in such matters…

    I’ve used that one a few times. Now I feel ratified. 😀


    October 3, 2007 at 9:53 pm

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