Originally Posted by ascii
On what authority? Common sense. The atmosphere is made of an unimaginable amount of individual particles, all swirling and whirling and influencing each other and influenced by outside factors. There is no way we have an accurate mathematical model of that without making massive simplification. The idea that in such a complex system, we can say with any certainty, that one gas: carbon dioxide is the source of all our problems is just epistemologically untenable.
Well we shouldn't let social pressure override our common sense about what man is and is not capable of mathematically and epistemologically.
You accuse me of being superstitious, and yet to me it seems you are the superstitious one, imbuing man with almost God-like powers of cognition, understanding and prediction.
I have no idea what 'epistemologically untenable' means, but it is often a thin line between stupidity and uninformed common sense. See under Big KC's post below.
Groan. You give me a link to Senator Inhofe's
web page!? Heaven help us.
I suppose this partial, tiny list of organizations must be uninformed when they say that global warming is anthropogenic: The scientific academies of Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, the UK, and the US, as well as the American Meteorological Society, American Geophysical Union, American Institute of Physics, American Astronomical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Stratigraphy Commission of the Geological Society of London, Geological Society of America, and American Chemical Society. And, I should add, the US EPA under George Bush
As I said before, it is a thin line between stupidity and common sense. But you know what? There is no law against either, so go right ahead.