Imagine there’s no Medicine; no doctors, nurses, hospitals, surgeons, ward administrators, paramedics on bicycles in bright yellow and green jackets, ambulances, medical technology or pharmaceuticals. It’s not easy, even if you try. What would your life be like ? Pretty painful and quite possibly nastily shortened, I’d hazard.
There are people in the world who still do not have access to medical care (let’s think…all those Americans without basic health care insurance), so they know the grim realities of it all – but the reason I’m considering this is there could have been a point in human history where the development of Medicine was thwarted by sceptics and people with ulterior motives.
“You’re sick because you’ve sinned”, a portion of humanity used to believe; the wealthy throughout history have sometimes been keen for disease to wipe out the scum of the poor. Appeals to Nature and to God to explain sickness and accidental damage could have been followed by a refusal to care for or treat people – as it was not what the Laws of the Universe dictated.
There are still some people who believe that congenital deformity, blindness, deafness or brain damage are signs of evil and wrongdoing. There are still some people who refuse Allopathic intervention – Jehovah’s Witnesses famously refuse blood transfusions on religious grounds – but most of humanity connects the very concept of humanity with medical treatment for the sick, ill, malformed, disabled, broken and dying.
Reading and listening to the Climate Change “sceptics” continue with their denial of Global Warming, their refusal to accept the data on what is causing Climate Change, is like listening to apoplectic medieval priests refusing to accept that the Earth is round, and that it moves around the Sun.
Do they want their children and grandchildren to suffer worsening living conditions and terrible pandemics ? Of course not – so they should pay attention to the Global Warming Science. Do they want people in the developing countries to be reduced to perpetual starvation ? They claim they want the best for everyone, so they had better start reading the Science on what is happening to fresh water supplies around the world.
Skilled Climate Change “sceptic” argumentators, like Marc Morano, use all the psychological tricks in the book for manoeuvring his audience, but he is at root anti-Science and should be challenged :-
It may not be possible to challenge Morano in open debate, since he is so adept at twisting the spin to craft his case. But he does need to be challenged, as he is taking part in a well-organised, wide-ranging anti-Science drive :-
“In this interview I speak with Mike [Michael Mann]…, the media in general, and a number of other topics. My feeling is that the takeaway message of what he has to say is that: 1) there is now a war being waged against climate scientists, 2) the scientists are receiving very little, if any, professional media assistance (and I mean from professionals who are used to dealing with combative media, not just university outreach types), and 3) there are no new actions being taken yet to deal with what is obviously a very aggressive attack on climate science.”
If we’re not careful, it will be like the whole Age of Reason passed us entirely by.
We are instructed to be tolerant in modern society, there are rights issues, political correctness, positive discrimination, freedom of worship, freedom of enquiry and association, even freedom of speech.
As long as they are not hurting anyone, people are allowed to construct whatever fantasy world or faith community they wish and live within it. These little niches, these lived-out paradigms of human thought are everywhere : from Trekkie clubs to the Jedi religion, from astrology to homeopathy; from Intelligent Design to Revolutionary Marxism; from Neoliberal Economics to Freemasonry.
The Climate Change “sceptics” are living in their own little universe, too, with its own set of invented truths and contested facts, its own interpretation of governance, policy and economy. Because most of the Media people seem to believe in relativism (not Relativity), they feel that the Climate Change “sceptic” universe has an equal voice to the voice of Climate Change Science.
This is a completely invalid perception. For example, I doubt if Marc Morano has ever compiled a temperature record for his own back yard, let alone for his Nation. Without the data, he has nothing to stand on. Let’s be clear here : he is not a scientist, he is a social activist. He takes this stance because of his political allegiance, not because of any knowledge of the facts – in fact, I don’t know if he has any acquaintance with Climate Change Science at all.
What the World needs now is more evidence and less conjecture.