The Midvale School for the Gifted

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sun, 25 Mar 2007 10:12:02 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

Bill Whittle has been spending the two and a half months since his last small post reading about global warming. He promises two essays, "Seeing the Unseen, Part 2", and "America at Thermopylae" "before Tax Day".

So rather than discuss the pros and cons of Global Warming, I want to address what I have learned concerning the obligation of scientists in a democracy and how we as a culture had better learn to deal with science as a factory to produce data, not policy...and how both lay people, and especially politicians, have an obligation to understand the essentials of the scientific method, and most importantly, to learn to respect the limits of what it can and cannot tell us. Taught effectively, that would be a lesson all of us at good old Midvale could use.

So, I'm putting my carbon graphs away, and hope some small effort at explaining how we can learn to weigh evidence would be more useful than adding another small injection of hot air into the Perfect Storm of the day. Because I have come to the conclusion -- and you are of course free to disagree -- that while the science is scary, the politcs are terrifying.

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