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Does emotion trump science, or even “common” sense? 31 July 2011

Posted by splait in corruption, Criminals, entitlement, Grrrrrrrrrr!, Lack of Integrity, Uncategorized.
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There is an ongoing debate raging over climate change (GW – global warming) and whether or not human beings are effecting it to the negative.  A recent article on the Fortune website by a creationist scientist (how is it even possible that that term exists?) referring to a single study saying that scientists are wrong about GW has inflamed the rhetoric tossing again on both sides of the argument.  It doesn’t help that the guy who wrote the op-ed piece used inflammatory terms in his writing.  He is trying to incite his readers.

The article has been deconstructed on several sites and shown to be incorrect in many places.  MLB (my little brother) has written a post about it, and there have been many comments.

I posted a comment there that I am repeating here, because I think it’s important to say (at least it is to me):

“Just like in politics and customer service, those who scream the loudest win, while the rest of us (and our children) have to live with the remains of a despoiled Earth.

I’ve read several posts here which state something very similar to, “I want proof that mankind can do ANYTHING that changes this planet’s ability to sustain us.”  I won’t state any science here, because I don’t have the background.  However, I will say this:

Human beings have populated this planet in numbers very large compared to other beings of any comparable size, and that includes all of known history.  We cut down the trees that support the life cycle required for us to live.  We mistreat the soil to grow non-native plants wherever we please.  We send megatons of smoke, both visible and not, into the air in great quantities in order to go from one place to another at our convenience, smoke that hinders the atmosphere and sun from doing their jobs that made this planet habitable for us in the first place.

I don’t care whether or not there’s scientific proof of whether or not humans are changing the livable environment of this planet.  Anyone with any thought process that is functional should KNOW we are doing that.  It can’t be otherwise, and that’s what blows me away about the statements from folk who say that climate change is hooey.  How can ANYONE believe that we can pump environmentally damaging chemicals into the air, water, and land while simultaneously removing from the planet the very living things that can fight the damage we are causing (trees and other living things that turn the poisons into the air we need to live), and NOT affect our planet.

Emotion does NOT trump science.  It just causes human beings to be lazy and continue on the paths we are already on, especially Americans, of which I am one.  We see it in all walks of life, and we keep shooting future generations in the ass.

A perfect example of this is 09/11.  People who live on hate (one of the most powerful emotions) fly planes loaded with human beings into building filled with other humans.  Americans are outraged for a few months, then we start complaining about the efforts made to avoid such catastrophes in the future.  Why do we do this?  Simply because it inconveniences us.  It really is that simple.

Financial corporations reward executives and employees who fail to do their jobs with lots of money, basically causing a global economic meltdown, and anyone who can do something about this is too scared to prosecute these criminals, so we are right back where we were just before the big fail.

How incredibly selfish we have become.

People choose not to vaccinate their kids against diseases for reasons based on a questionable study (ONE, totally discredited, study), when the odds of a child developing autism are orders of magnitude smaller than of that same child dying of the disease the vaccination prevents.  How does that make any sense?

The answer is: it doesn’t.  However, the reaction against vaccinations is emotional, not scientific.  THAT’S the rub.

I don’t advocate that we become automatons, totally without emotions.  Doing that would also wipe out humanity.  It’s just a shame that we can’t control our emotions just a smidge better, so that we can use our minds properly when our emotions send us into dangerous places.

Some comments here have brought up the costs (Money?  Really?) of fixing the problem without real proof that there is one.  Would someone please calculate the cost to Humanity if the people who say that climate change is bunk are wrong?  Why is it that we are so ready to not do anything as opposed to making a strong effort to heal our planet JUST IN CASE THE SCIENTISTS ARE RIGHT???

This debate is just so hard to understand.  How can anyone support doing nothing, and delay the progress we could be making because scientists might be wrong?  It seems to me we could change the global economy dramatically to the positive if we started initiatives now to reverse the damage we are causing daily.  We could probably eradicate some of the afflictions (medical and financial) that have plagued us in recent centuries by making the air cleaner and healing the soil and air.

We need to stop looking at the best case scenario and focus on the worst ones.  Otherwise, the worst case is what we will have.”

What do YOU think?  I am open for discussion, as long as you keep it civil.