When you’ve written and/or edited blog posts for going on 1430 consecutive days, it’s easy to forget some of the pieces you’ve written. It’s one reason why it’s so foolish to crucify public intellectuals and other personalities for misguided tweets or ancient blog posts. The nature of the medium is to produce, produce, produce—a constant churning of content. That doesn’t mean we should be irresponsible with our words, but that it’s easy to forget old posts and arguments.
What brought this post to mind was a comment from the Quora contributor whose answer to a question inspired this post. He commented over Thanksgiving and asked that I remove his name from the post, which I did.
Here was his comment in full:
I’m the one you’re quoting in this piece, and the connection you’re trying to make is utter nonsense. If you’d like me to explain the difference between trying to drink the ocean and altering the CO2 content of the atmosphere, I’d be happy to do so, but given the utter lack of scientific understanding displayed here, I’m guessing you wouldn’t care.
As a scientist, I’m offended that you’re peddling this kind of misinformation, and using my name to do it. As a Christian, I’m offended that you’re invoking the name of deity (and a diametrically wrong reading of scripture), to argue in favor of ignorance and lack of responsibility.
If you’re going to sell this kind of garbage, kindly leave my name out of it.
I respectfully disagree. I think the poster missed the point of my piece. Obviously, drinking from the ocean is not perfectly analogous to pumping carbon dioxide into the atrmosphere, but the two do seem related: if we meaningfully affect sea levels by taking a collective drink from the ocean, it seems unlikely that we can meaningfully affect the ozone layer.
But the comment proves my point: here’s a man so enslaved to the dogmatism of scientific materialism, he’s spending his Thanksgiving calling people stupid online.
I mean, I’m no scientist, and I probably am stupid about a lot of things, but I also didn’t shut down the global economy and civil society for two years and demand people trust my authority because I wear a lab coat. My whole life I’ve heard that “science is our religion now” (probably true) and that “scientists are the new high priests of society.”
Well, they’re doing a pretty lousy job of it. I wonder how many Westerners will freeze to death this winter because our priestly caste demands we bow obsequiously to Mother Gaia? If questioning their dogmatic faith is “misinformation,” then I am proud spreader of the same.
With that, here is “TBT: Climate Hysteria Robs Us of Joy“: