A celebrity has her say
By Greg Strange
A world famous celebrity recently delivered an unusual, but inspiring and wisdom-imbued New Year's message. You could call it a public service message to all of humanity. Here is an excerpt:
"Man stupid . . . Protect Earth."
Actually, this brief excerpt doesn't deliver the full impact, so let's take a look at a lengthier portion of this extraordinarily sagacious message:
"Koko love man. Earth Koko love. But man stupid … stupid! Koko sorry, Koko cry. Time hurry. Fix Earth! Help Earth! Hurry! Protect Earth. Nature watches you. Thank you."
Of course, it's questionable that Koko understands much of anything. "Koko cry . . . Help Earth! Hurry! Protect Earth. Nature watches you. Thank you." Seriously? Do you believe for one nanosecond that Koko understood what she was saying – er, I mean, signing? Some researchers argue she is clueless about the meaning of most of what she purportedly communicates and that completing signs is just a result of operant conditioning which provides rewards for successfully completing tasks.
In any case, getting Koko involved in climate change, however tangentially, only adds to the circus atmosphere that already surrounds what may be the most earth-shaking doomsday theory to ever make the claim of scientific finality and indisputability.
At least Koko has an excuse for going along with the claim that the science of climate change is "settled." She's just an ape. But what excuse do rational, analytical human beings have, particularly those who call themselves scientists? Let's have a go at a bit of deductive reasoning in order to determine, logically, that the theory of anthropogenic global warming/climate change is not actually "settled" science.
First, a bit of background. What is deductive reasoning? It is simply a process of reasoning that links premises with conclusions. So, if all the premises are true, then the conclusion reached is also necessarily true. Now, in order to set up our premises, we need a little more background.
Are you aware that the earth hasn't actually warmed in over 18 years? It is referred to as the "pause" and has not generally been disputed by most scientists (until relatively recently – more about that in a moment). There have been ongoing attempts by many climatologists to explain why this unexpected pause has occurred in contradiction to the predictions made by some very cranky computer models which basically had civilization wiped out in about a century. In fact, there are a whole slew of theories that talk about everything from low solar activity, to volcanic activity, to Chinese coal-burning, to something called "stadium waves," to the theory that the heat is hiding in the oceans just waiting to unleash itself – and a whole bunch more to boot.
Now for our premises.
Premise number 1: If the science of global warming/climate change is to be considered "settled," all aspects of that science must be thoroughly understood.
This conclusion is logically irrefutable. It doesn't mean that the catastrophic claims made by the fundamentalist believers in anthropogenic global warming/climate change are necessarily wrong. It simply means that the science is not settled. And if the science is not settled, rational people should be appropriately skeptical of catastrophic claims, the recommended remedies for which could wreck the world economy and deprive hundreds of millions the energy that would help lift them out of abject poverty.
But wait a minute. What about the brief reference made above to scientists who are now claiming there really wasn't a pause in warming? A Washington Post headline from a few months ago trumpeted: "Global warming ‘pause' never happened, scientists say."
You have to wonder what Koko's next force-fed message to the public will be . . . .
"Koko love man. But Republican man stupid . . . stupid! Vote Trump. Koko sorry, Koko cry. Time hurry. Fix country! Help country! Vote Hillary! Thank you."
Greg Strange's web site can be found at http://www.greg-strange.com. (c) 2016 Greg Strange.