Recommendation to bloggers? Do not Th!nk.
Published 23rd September 2009 - 36 comments - 3376 views -
Mr. Asbjørn Jørgensen, a lecturer from the Danish School of Media, was the highlight of the lectures for me. I could not believe my eyes and ears.
“Global climate change is a fact, and mankind contributes significantly. Stop discussing that one”.
(Mr.Jørgensen - the very left pannelist)
Later, in reply to my question, he also said, that climate sceptic scientists are "flat earthers" and it is a waste of time to have an "open discussion" with madmen.
I just do not understand it.
So first they invite us, they pay a hotel, airplane and food for us. It costs thousands of EUR. We fly here from all parts of the world. To an event called "Think about it". And then we are told "NOT TO think about it". So now I am not sure what to do. Should I use my head or not? Advise me.
It is as if someone organised a conference about potato production and then instructed the participants not to discuss potatoes. What sense does such a conference make?
The powerpoint was titled "tips for the bloggers". I did not know, that “shut up” can be considered as a “tip” or a “hint”.
The first part of the recommendation is redundant, anyway. Nobody ever claimed, global warming does not exist. The belief of some environmentalists, that "climate change deniers" deny the existence of climate change, is a misinformation. I am a denier myself and I do not deny climate change, trust me. Nobody does. To call someone a denier is just a way to make them angry - as if when you call a vegetarian a "pork eater".
However science does not know, how big is the human contribution to the greenhouse effect. Is it really "significant"? This question has not been solved yet. How can we solve this mystery, if we silence the researchers and the bloggers discussing it?
When someone comes with extraordinary new claims, he must bear the burden of proof - bring extraordinary evidence. Ever in the past the Earth climate changes were caused by solar activity fluctuations. Ask any solar physicist or geologist. Google up the words "Suess cycles" or "Hallstadtzeit cycle". Now when IPCC comes and says "hey, these rules, that worked for billions of years, do not work any more", they should prove it. Until they prove it, a true scientist keeps believing in the old proven rules.
Sorry, but in science discussion is closed only, when we get the EVIDENCE. Until then, it is an open question. It is said, that most scientists believe GW is probably manmade. Maybe most scientists really do believe so (I doubt it), but it is just a belief. They do not have the evidence. Not yet. You may think, that "we must act fast, we cannot wait for the scientific evidence". OK, but then you cannot say it is a "science based policy", can you? And there is no reason to ridicule sceptics as flat earthers and say the matter is "closed".
(We got free T-shirts /thanks/, which call us "thinkers". Why? If we are not supposed to think?)
I refuse to believe something without evidence. It is unscientific approach. Most of us bloggers have university education, which means, that we are brought up to use scientific approach to things. Make footnotes, no plagiarism, verify your sources – you know, that scientific method stuff. A teacher discouraging students from scientific approach to information, is a something I have not seen during my college years. Until now.
Is this what Mr. Jørgensen teaches the journalists at the Danish School of Media? “Do not think, just believe whatever someone tells you”? I thought, the journalists are supposed to be the “watchdogs of democracy”. Distrustful of politicians and their activities. Always suspicious, asking unpleasant questions. Verifying their sources of information… Or is it no longer modern? For EJC, which “aims to promote the highest standards of journalism” (so their PR leaflet says) this must be an embarrassment.
What I am most interested in here in this competition is this: Will the other bloggers follow the above "tip"? Most of you, my fellow bloggers, probably believe, in "catastrophic manmade warming". Why not. But you also have university education and are trained to use scientific approach to things. Will you act as religious believers (ignore sceptical arguments, ridicule opponents, obey European Commission without questioning) or as scientists (comparing arguments, open discussion, politeness, tolerate different opinion). Let us make our universities proud of us.
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