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Shroud Science

In the spirit of the season, talking about the Shroud of Turin seems appropriate in not only a Christian sense, but in the weird science sense also.

On April 3rd, the History Channel broadcast about it and discussed how to bring the ‘image’ in the Shroud to life and to present the face of Jesus:

[I]n HISTORY’s The Real Face of Jesus, a team of computer graphics artists uses cutting-edge 3D technology to answer a question that has captivated painters, sculptors, scholars and theologians for hundreds of years: What did Jesus Christ look like?

Led by Ray Downing of Studio Macbeth, these digital wizards are no strangers to reconstructing important figures for HISTORY. In 2009, they created a living, moving model of Abraham Lincoln for his bicentennial, basing it on more than 100 photographs of the 16th U.S. president. But this time, their only guide is a centuries-old cloth that many believe was Jesus’ burial shroud. Known as the Shroud of Turin, this 14-foot piece of linen bears a faint, ghostly image of a crucified man, along with dark red stains that some researchers have identified as blood.

To attempt this unprecedented feat of science and technology, Ray and his associates must rely on the most sophisticated electronic tools and software available. They must also seek out the knowledge of scientists and researchers who have grappled with the Shroud of Turin’s many mysteries. As part of their yearlong quest, Ray and his associates visit John Jackson of Colorado’s Turin Shroud Center, who in 1978 was given exclusive access to the cloth for five days of intensive scientific examination. Jackson and others have posited that the image on the Shroud of Turin contains unique three-dimensional information in the form of shading variations that indicate how close the body was from the cloth. The tip of the nose, for instance, appears darker because it was near or touching the linen at the time the imprint was formed. As Ray explains it, “It is as if there is an instruction set inside a picture for building a sculpture.”

Ray and his team use this logic as they coax a 3D model out of the two-dimensional artifact. Months into the endeavor, they realize that the fabric would have been wrapped around the face of the man buried beneath it. Thanks to this breakthrough, they can finally account for and remove the distortion in the image, achieving an accurate and lifelike 3D portrait of the man in the shroud—of a face both hidden and preserved in time.

My take on it is that in all likeliness, the Shroud is a very good fake and an outstanding work of art that should be investigated in its own right. How could someone in the Middle Ages discover the photographic effect and utilize it? Maybe the show will do that.

After all, the stirrings of the Renaissance were beginning during the 1300s, the supposed real ‘age’ of the Shroud. Mechanical science was already making itself known (the Brick Dome of Florence Cathedral – Filippo Brunelleschi) so it’s not beyond the realm of possibility the Shroud is a product of this time.

I hope the History Channel puts this on Hulu or YouTube since all I have is the InnerTubes.

The Real Face of Jesus?

The Face in the Shroud

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This is the last post for the next few days in that ol’ Dad is celebrating the pagan-Christian holiday of Easter with family and friends and yes, I have both contrary to popular belief, LOL!

If anyone hasn’t already noticed, April marks the 3rd anniversary of Dad2059’s Blog/Webzine (I can’t believe it’s lasted this long!). If you type in ‘Dad’ in Google search, this blog is on top and the next few down too!

Also the blog averages between 100 – 200 hits per day and that’s without Twitter, Digg, Facebook and all that other intrusive stuff.

So many thanks for your continued support over the past three years.

Hopefully I can add more features and post better interesting things that will both educate and entertain in both the esoteric and the mundane.

Happy Holidays!

Is Climate Science a New Religion?

Physicist Wal Thornhill of Electric Universe fame laments on the terrible condition science is in now-a-days as it takes on the mantle of religion, mainly when it comes to Anthropogenic Climate Change:

The Global Warming circus in Copenhagen was politics driven by a consensus that, by definition, has nothing to do with science. The apocalyptic nonsense that opened the meeting highlighted that fact. How many who attended or demonstrated at the meeting actually understand the (disputed) scientific grounds for the hysteria? Meanwhile, leading science journals allow skeptics of Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) to be labelled “deniers” and refuse them the right of reply. It is doctrinaire denouncement, not science. It is the journal editors who are denying the scientific method by censoring debate. It is they who are peddling ideology.

Despite the glossy media image, modern science is a mess. When the fundamental concepts are false, technological progress merely provides science with a more efficient means for going backwards. At the same time, government and corporate funding promotes the rampant disease of specialism and fosters politicization of science with the inevitable warring factions and religious fervor.

“Science has become religion! ..although religion may have borrowed some of the jargon of science, science, more importantly, has adopted the methods of religion. This is the worst of both worlds.” —Halton Arp

There have been several warm climatic periods documented in history that had nothing to do with human activity. There seems to be evidence that the Earth has actually been cooling since 2001, in line with reduced solar activity. So it would be more realistic to consider climate change as a normal phenomenon and to plan accordingly because despite all of the hoopla in the media, modern science is founded on surprising ignorance. An iconoclastic view suggests the following:

— cosmologists have been misled by theoretical physicists who don’t understand gravity, which forms the basis of the big bang theory. Imaginary ‘dark matter,’ ‘dark energy,’ and black holes have been added to make models of galaxies and star birth appear to work. When all else fails, mysterious magnetic fields are invoked. The bottom line is that cosmologists presently have no real understanding of the universe;

— astrophysicists don’t understand stars because they steadfastly ignore plasma discharge phenomena;

— particle physicists don’t understand matter or its resonant electrical interactions. They prefer to invent imaginary particles;

— geologists have been misled by astronomers about Earth’s history;

— biologists have had no practical help from theoretical physicists so they don’t understand what might constitute the ‘mind-body connection’ or ‘the spark of life;’

— and climate scientists have been misled by astronomers and astrophysicists so they have no real concept of recent Earth history in the solar system and they don’t understand the real source of lightning and the electrical input to weather systems. For example, the major city in northern Australia, Darwin, was utterly destroyed in tropical cyclone ‘Tracy’ in 1974. The catastrophe was described in part, “At 3am, the eye of the cyclone passed over Darwin, bringing an eerie stillness. There was a strange light, a diffuse lightning, like St. Elmo’s fire.” There was no solar energy being supplied to the 150km per hour winds at 3 in the morning. “A diffuse lightning” is an apt description of the slow electrical discharge (distinct from impulsive lightning) that drives all rotary storms and influences weather patterns. That is why the electrically hyperactive gas giant planets have overwhelmingly violent storms while receiving very little solar energy.

Yet with these unacknowledged shortcomings we have bookshelves filled with textbooks, science journals and PhD theses, mostly unread, that would stretch to the Moon, fostering the impression that we understand most things. And the public is assailed with documentaries that breathlessly deliver and repeat fashionable science fiction as fact. How can this be?

Science has left its classical and philosophical roots, rather like surrealist art departed from realism. The analogy is fitting. It is demonstrated by the fondness for expressing theoretical models in artists impressions, computer animations and aesthetic terms. The artist/philosopher Miles Mathis is of the opinion that “ Science has become just like Modern Art. The contemporary artist and the contemporary physicist look at the world in much the same way. The past means nothing. They gravitate to novelty as the ultimate distinction, in and of itself. They do this because novelty is the surest guarantee of recognition.” So why does the media not have science critics alongside art critics? Has science become sacrosanct? Bluntly, the answer is yes. No science reporter wants to have the portcullises lowered at the academic bastions. Happily, the Internet allows the curious to circumvent such censorship.

So far, the Internet is mostly censorless, except for certain nations where Google has helped their government authorities censor content. Plus you can only believe about 50% what you read. It takes effort to winnow wheat from the chaff at times.

But Thornhill makes valid points in that science has become dogmatic to the point of being a religion that nobody dares question, especially when it comes to anthropogenic climate change.

The Electric Universe: Science, Politics and Global Warming

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The Transhumanism of Star Travel and Learning from Earth

Athena Andreadis guest blogging on Sentient Developments 5/29/09 about how the first transhumans braving interstellar space won’t be the rich and beautiful:

…spacefaring enthusiasts acknowledge the enormity of the undertaking they propose, most transhumanists take it as an article of faith that their ideas will be realized soon, though the goalposts keep receding into the future. As more soundbite than proof they invoke Moore’s exponential law, equating stodgy silicon with complex, contrary carbon. However, despite such confident optimism, enhancements will be hellishly difficult to implement. This stems from a fundamental that cannot be short-circuited or evaded: no matter how many experiments are performed on mice or even primates, humans have enough unique characteristics that optimization will require people.Contrary to the usual supposition that the rich will be the first to cross the transhuman threshold, it is virtually certain that the frontline will consist of the desperate and the disenfranchised: the terminally ill, the poor, prisoners and soldiers — the same people who now try new chemotherapy or immunosuppression drugs, donate ova, become surrogate mothers, “agree” to undergo chemical castration or sleep deprivation. Yet another pool of early starfarers will be those whose beliefs require isolation to practice, whether they be Raëlians or fundamentalist monotheists — just as the Puritans had to brave the wilderness and brutal winters of Massachusetts to set up their Shining (though inevitably tarnished) City on the Hill.

So the first generation of humans adjusted to starship living are far likelier to resemble Peter Watts’ marginalized Rifters or Jay Lake’s rabid Armoricans, rather than the universe-striding, empowered citizens of Iain Banks’ Culture. Such methods and outcomes will not reassure anyone, regardless of her/his position on the political spectrum, who considers augmentation hubristic, dehumanizing, or a threat to human identity, equality or morality. The slightly less fraught idea of uploading individuals into (ostensibly) more durable non-carbon frames is not achievable, because minds are inseparable from the neurons that create them. Even if technological advances eventually enable synapse-by synapse reconstructions, the results will be not transfers but copies.

I noticed she takes the same tact that Alastair Reynolds does concerning uploading minds in his “Revelation Space” series.

Which makes sense, because current theories speculate that the original brain would have to be destroyed during the scanning process.

Then a whole new can of worms gets opened concerning copies and the soul.

Trans-Sufiism anyone?

Dreamers of a better future, Unite!

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The land of woo is big business:

Skeptical literature is seldom a hot seller with the exception of fiery books about atheism and the culture wars which tend to dive into the political realm and use science to bolster what’s more of a philosophical case than a purely scientific one. Cranks, on the other hand, sell books by the truckload. Even a skeptical bestseller like Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion which sold over 1.5 million copies, can’t match the estimated 6 million or so copies of The Secret, a book of New Age fluff which declares that if you want something bad enough, reality will change to accommodate your whims. Oh and that’s not counting the 1.5 million DVDs of the same kind of wishful-thinking-in-a-can sold before the book was published and endorsed by the Queen of Woo herself.

And you can see why pseudoscience is so popular. Cranks aren’t limited by facts and figures like skeptics or scientists. They can make up anything to win favor with a crowd. When they’re telling people that their wildest dreams can come true if they close their eyes and think about it hard enough, anyone who dares to stand up, and point out that there’s no evidence for this claim or that reality doesn’t conform to our entitlement complex, seems like a heckler killing everybody’s joyful buzz. The public interested in the kind of stuff skeptics refute on a regular basis doesn’t care about the need for a contrarian opinion. They only care about having their wishes fulfilled, so anyone who tells them otherwise is treated as an undesirable. Even worse, when they tune in and buy the books and DVDs on a regular basis, cranks get even more exposure because their brand of snake oil generates cashflow and keeps ratings high.

Greg Fish in quite a few of his recent posts has been on a one person crusade to smash down the doors of various dogmas and its proponents who plan on taking over the school systems of the country, the government and other areas of influence. Like the media.

I like Greg and I comment on his blog quite often, but I think he’s fighting a losing battle because like most pure scientific empiricists, he gets frustrated by the social dynamic by which most societies operate; a religion (doesn’t matter what kind) and those who use it for control.

A paradigm that has existed for 6000 years.

Hats off to ya for your persistance Greg!

why woo is big business

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For once I understand NASA’s logic concerning developing techniques to find extra-solar, Earth-like planets:

A new technique for finding wet exoplanets got a field test when astronomers pretended to be aliens.

“If you were on another planet, you’d look at Earth and say, ‘That looks like the most interesting planet around that star,’” said Nicolas Cowan, a grad student at the University of Washington and lead author of the study. “Any critter with half a brain can look at Earth and say, ‘That’s the one that looks different.’ The question is how to quantify what it is that makes it look interesting.”

Astronomers used a telescope aboard the Deep Impact spacecraft — which crashed a probe into a comet in 2005 and is on its way to another — to stare at Earth for two separate 24-hour periods. They tracked the changes in light and color that crossed the Earth’s surface as it rotated, and connected them back to continents and oceans. The results will be published in the August issue of Astrophysical Journal.

Though the spacecraft was only 30 million miles away from Earth, light years closer than the nearest extrasolar planet, it was far enough to blur out the distinctive features of the Earth’s surface.

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Nice job of recycling a spacecraft that finished one mission and using it for another.

Maybe there’s hope after all!

The New Exoplanetology: ‘I Learned By Watching You, Earth’

Serendipitous warp drive with Battlestar anti-angst

Another problem with a Star Trek type “warp drive” is discovered:

Let’s look more closely. Warp drive as envisioned by Miguel Alcubierre relied on the concept that although nothing could move faster than the speed of light through spacetime, spacetime itself is not so restricted. We do not, in fact, have any notion of a limit to the ’stretching’ of spacetime, a fact brought home by inflation theory, which posits an immense expansion of the early universe in a mere flicker of time. Contract the spacetime in front of a vehicle while expanding it behind and the spacecraft itself never exceeds the speed of light even though the ‘warped’ spacetime delivers it to its destination faster than would otherwise be possible.

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All of which calls for immense supplies of energy, and negative energy at that, so that recent work has been (more or less unsuccessfully) devoted to understanding how to reduce those requirements to something remotely manageable. Now Finazzi and team have folded quantum mechanics into their consideration of warp drive theory, with the result that warp drive is shown to be untenable for the hapless crew. The inside of the ‘bubble’ housing the spacecraft, in fact, becomes filled with Hawking radiation, emitted by black holes due to these very quantum effects.

This isn’t over by a long-shot folks, black-holes, Hawking Radiation and all that just might prove to be false concepts like the “ether” was pre-Einstein.

A Serendipitous Encounter with Warp Drive

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I never got around much to watch Battlestar Galactica on television during it’s four year run, except for most for the first season. And that was because I rented it from Blockbuster.

From what I saw, it was definitely better than the original 1979 version with Bonanza’s Lorne Greene playing Adama and the obvious Biblical overtones that pervaded it. But according to Chris Wren, it ultimately fell to the same state its namesake did:

God, I’m so glad that show is gone. Scifi can finally become scifi again, and leave the Left Behind/Touched by an Angel shit in the vast unmarked grave of  Televisions self-indulgent wankfests. I’ve spent the last two weeks arguing with people about the relative merits of Ron Moore’s ham-fisted grade 10-level religious melodrama and my mind hasn’t changed. However well the show started off, it ended up being the worst thing to happen to scifi television since The Great Vegetable Rebellion.

I don’t know what the Great Vegetable Rebellion is, but I know what a wankfest is!

I dunno, I guess I’m going to have to go to Blockbuster and rent the three seasons I didn’t see.

BTW, here’s a link to SCIFI’s video page and watch the last few episodes if you want and then tell me if they’re good sci-fi, or a good wankfest!

http://www.scifi.com/rewind/?sid=32850

Two weeks without Battlestar Galactica________________________________

The Popularity of Nibiru (Is it hope, or despair?)

During a brief email chat I had recently with long time commenter Carl Nemo, I asked him why I was still getting a lot of comments on the Nibiru post I made last year, A Nibiru Update . Here is part of the answer Nemo gave me, and I’m sure he wouldn’t mind me posting it:

The arrival of Planet X represents the possibility of planetary redemption a major cleansing of much that is bad with overpopulation and general crowding as surely one of them. So I believe at a subconscious level that people are seeking a paradigm shift that will somehow terminally upset the elitists’ applecart and their seemingly slam dunk plans for the citizens of planet earth.
Whether it’s Planet X, or the return of Jesus or whatever many folks are looking for a way out even if it means their immolation.

Nemo makes a good point here, in which he analyses that the coming of Nibiru, if it exists, is equivalent to the Second Coming of Christ, The 12th Imam and the New Age in 2012 as foretold by the Mayan calendar. I would like to add another event that is techno-scientific in nature, although hard-core “empiricists” would argue against this premise and deny it to the very end, the Technological Singularity.

All of the above events are believed to either rescue the ‘faithful’ , transform, or transcend humans and the Earth into a new ‘Age’ in which there will be no more war, death, hunger, greed, want and the guilty will get their just punishment. All you have to do is to believe, have faith or maybe actively work toward that end.

Sounds good in theory, n’est pas?

Nibiru started out as a god in ancient Sumerian texts in approximately 4,000 BC (I use the old ‘Before and After’ Christ thing here) , primarily in the old stories of Enki , Enlil and the Anunna. From there, in the estimation of Zecharia Sitchin, the Sumerians were actually recording events, not mythology.

However, most language translators and mainstream archeologists often scoff at Sitchin’s theories, often calling them “incorrect” according to Wikipedia:

When Sitchin wrote his books, only specialists could read the Sumerian language, but now anyone can check his translations by utilizing the 2006 book Sumerian Lexicon.[7] Sitchin’s translations of both individual words and of larger portions of ancient texts are generally found to be incorrect.[8][9]

I am not a language scholar, so you must draw your own conclusions here. In my estimation, although the planetary collision theory is good (the current theory on how our Moon was formed draws on this), Sitchin’s time frame misses the mark. It would take hundreds of millions of years to accomplish what Sitchin says was accomplished in 45 million years.

Science has not disproved the existence of Nibiru (Planet X) however. The New Scientist magazine recently posted an article on whether Nibiru exists or not. And the findings might surprise you:

If we know enough to say the solar system is a filigree construction, we might reasonably assume we know where all its bits are. But lurking in the solar system’s dark recesses, rumour has it, is an unsighted world – Planet X, a frozen body perhaps as large as Mars, or even Earth.

Planet X would be the most significant addition to the solar system since the discovery of Pluto, the now notorious non-planet, in 1930. When the International Astronomical Union voted to downgrade Pluto to dwarf planet status in 2006, they established three criteria for a fully blown planet in our solar system: it must orbit the sun; its gravity must suffice to mould it into a near-spherical shape; and it must be massive enough to have ploughed its orbit clear of other bits and bobs. Pluto falls down on this third point. It is just one of many Kuiper belt objects (KBOs), icy bits of debris that pepper space from Neptune’s orbit at 30 astronomical units out to around 50 AU, where 1 AU is the distance between Earth and the sun.

Any new object would have to be well clear of the Kuiper belt to qualify as a planet. Yet intriguingly, it is studies of the belt that have suggested the planet’s existence. Some KBOs travel in extremely elongated orbits around the sun. Others have steep orbits almost at right angles to the orbits of all the major planets. “Those could be signs of perturbation from a massive distant object,” says Robert Jedicke, a solar system scientist at the University of Hawaii.

Note that astronomers would designate a ‘Planet X’ as a large Kuiper Belt object, which means that it would be colder than cold, with its atmosphere frozen solid on its surface. But they haven’t debunked the possibility of it either, have they?

The question is, “Could intelligent beings exist on such a world?”

The short answer is, outside of science-fiction, no (Based on our current knowledge of mainstream biology).

So that leaves us at the beginning, does Nibiru bring us hope or despair?

If you’re hardwired to be of a religious persuasion, yes. The Coming of Planet X can bring both, hope for the faithful, despair and judgement for the guilty.

But if you’re an agnostic like myself, science has yet to prove its existence, but it’s very likely it does.

Just not in the form most folks think it is.

Sources

Is there a Planet X?

http://www.sitchin.com/ 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zecharia_Sitchin 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technological_Singularity

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UFO Spirituality

The latest from Mac Tonnie’s aboutSETI blog:

The late conspiracy theorist Jim Keith, in his colorfully titled “Saucers of the Illuminati,” makes an interesting point about the simplicity of the quintessential alien face. Could it be, he wonders, that abductees’ brains manufacture the same predictable alien visage because the close encounter experience is so devastatingly weird, crammed with unfamiliar visual cues? Conversely, the minimalist alien head may be due to a scarcity of visual information; the abductee’s mind may “fill in the blanks” to encompass something essentially faceless.

When it comes to ufology and alien visitation, I try to keep an open mind on the subject.

What’s one person’s alien visitation is another’s religious experience. To me, it’s all one and the same.

“Alien” Faces

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UFO Magazine:

obamaorbs

Obama Orbs:

Hello,
These photos were taken at Obama’s victory rally in Chicago and forwarded to me. Clearly, many in spirit were celebrating too.

Best wishes,

Hope

Aliens? Angels? Demons? Dead people?

Soap bubbles?

Think happy thoughts!

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In this video I will show you across goggle sky. You will see what I believe to be UFO craft. I looked for things that don’t look like stars (because, certainly stars would be the only thing you would expect to see if there were no such things as UFOs.) So, looking for things out of the ordinary, which was actually quite easy I found the things included within the presentation. It seems a common phenomena that where we have these long lines, or beams within the sky maps, we often find UFOs. But I do wonder, what are these beams? They appear Dark, Blue, Red, or Green and are thousands of miles long. Are they giant long space craft? Laser beams? Trade routs? A glitch of Google sky? These beams are in abundance, and appear in most areas of the sky. Check out the large portion of the sky where the stars appear red in color (as apposed to bluish). This suggests that the photos here are taken with a different light filter to the rest of the sky. When you zoom in here, its easy, so easy to find hundreds of bright Green, Blue, and Red beams.

“Wheel in the sky keeps on turnin’…”

Railroad to the stars?

Earth to be paved over for new intergalactic spaceway system?

VIDEO: UFO in Google Sky – November

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‘The Heirs of Prometheus’ by Athena, Dyson reviews books on Global Warming

It’s slightly cloudy — unusual for sunny Florida. The air smells of the ocean, alive with birds: gulls, pelicans, hawks. On a wooden platform, a group of people of all ages and colors is squinting fixedly at a point on the horizon about two kilometers away, where a gantry holds a slim rocket that balances a tiny load on its nose. A level voice announces from the loudspeakers: “The T minus ten holding period is over. We’re going forward.”

The people break into wild cheers, then fall eerily silent. Curious children are shushed and told to look there, there; final adjustments are made to cameras and binoculars. The minus ten holding period is the last chance to abort. The weather was such that until this moment the decision to launch could change.

Like heartbeats, the announcements come. “T minus five… minus three… minus one… T minus thirty seconds… minus twenty seconds… minus ten seconds… Now you can hear a pin drop. “Nine… eight.. seven… six… five… four…. three… two…” All the spectators shiver, holding their breath.

“Liftoff!”

A beautiful essay by Athena of Star Ship Reckless, Astrogator’s Logs

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Some words from Freeman Dyson:

In the history of science it has often happened that the majority was wrong and refused to listen to a minority that later turned out to be right. It may—or may not—be that the present is such a time. The great virtue of Nordhaus’s economic analysis is that it remains valid whether the majority view is right or wrong. Nordhaus’s optimum policy takes both possibilities into account. Zedillo in his introduction summarizes the arguments of each contributor in turn. He maintains the neutrality appropriate to a conference chairman, and gives equal space to Lindzen and to Rahmstorf. He betrays his own opinion only in a single sentence with a short parenthesis: “Climate change may not be the world’s most pressing problem (as I am convinced it is not), but it could still prove to be the most complex challenge the world has ever faced.”

The last five chapters of the Zedillo book are by writers from five of the countries most concerned with the politics of global warming: Russia, Britain, Canada, India, and China. Each of the five authors has been responsible for giving technical advice to a government, and each of them gives us a statement of that government’s policy. Howard Dalton, spokesman for the British government, is the most dogmatic. His final paragraph begins:

It is the firm view of the United Kingdom that climate change constitutes a major threat to the environment and human society, that urgent action is needed now across the world to avert that threat, and that the developed world needs to show leadership in tackling climate change.

The United Kingdom has made up its mind and takes the view that any individuals who disagree with government policy should be ignored. This dogmatic tone is also adopted by the Royal Society, the British equivalent of the US National Academy of Sciences. The Royal Society recently published a pamphlet addressed to the general public with the title “Climate Change Controversies: A Simple Guide.” The pamphlet says:

This is not intended to provide exhaustive answers to every contentious argument that has been put forward by those who seek to distort and undermine the science of climate change and deny the seriousness of the potential consequences of global warming.

In other words, if you disagree with the majority opinion about global warming, you are an enemy of science. The authors of the pamphlet appear to have forgotten the ancient motto of the Royal Society, Nullius in Verba, which means, “Nobody’s word is final.”

Yes, the famous physicist Freeman Dyson, “that one”, contents that global warming isn’t purely human driven and that the scientific community is dogmatic on the subject by blasting opponents. Dyson’s reviews of these books; ‘A Question of Balance: Weighing the Options on Global Warming Policies, by William Nordhaus, Yale University Press.’ and ‘Global Warming: Looking Beyond Kyoto, edited by Ernesto Zedillo, Yale Center for the Study of Globalization/Brookings Institution Press’questions whether or not the meme is economically driven.

Now where have I read that before, hmmm…?  *visions of a certain evangalistic gear jammer driving his tractor-trailer back and forth over the carcasses of a recent Nobel Prize recipient and a person with the same name as a motorcycle…*

The Question of Global Warming

Environmentalism as religion

UPDATE: George Dvorsky, a noted transhumanist and Singularity proponent blogs on this also: http://www.sentientdevelopments.com/2008/05/freeman-dyson-on-religion-of.html

Amazing, simply amazing. Dogma permiates discourse in all areas of discussion, science, religion, whatever. And denial flies through the air like farmers spreading liquid cow sh*t.

F*cking amazing.  😕