Global Warming Facts and Fallacies
You would not generally expect to find The Climate Caper, 'global warming facts and fallacies' by Garth W. Paltridge, on a typical shelf full of personal development books.
However, I would certainly make an exception.
Professor Paltridge mixes science with sociology, philosophy, and religion, as well as economics. The outcome creates the perfect opportunity to ask two of the most important questions of personal growth.
- On what basis do you form your belief systems?
- What sort of information will cause you to question and look at changing beliefs?
Garth Paltridge is an experienced research scientist, and brings considerable authority to the subject he writes about. He lays out his logical reasoning for:
- Why so many in the world have subscribed to the 'new religion of global warming'
- Why it is baseless catastrophising of the situation
Well, I found that simply offering people that little overview of the book in conversation, ruffled feathers.
It seems many people have made up their minds about climate change based on what they have already seen in the news, and discussed with friends.
Some of those same people indicated they had no desire to read the book... they had already decided that Paltridge was a rogue outsider, trying to tip the balance of reason for some devious end. And they had never even heard of him before.
For me The Climate Caper highlighted the fact that everyone has their own window on the world. You can give people global warming facts, yet it is often times emotion that wins out.
It has been proven that people often like to look for and integrate information that supports their existing belief systems, and discard the rest.
(See web articles on Cognitive Dissonance for more information on this phenomenon).
Besides pointing out the questionable research methods used to calculate climate change, Garth Paltridge also invites you to consider some enticing questions:
- To what extent is the reporting of science influenced by politics
- How much does politics prostitute science for its own agenda
- How does the difficulty in publishing scientific findings that do not conform to the norm, skew results and perceptions
- How much does a 'politically correct' (saving the earth) campaign sway the public's endorsement - whether true of not
Professor Paltridge does not argue that spewing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere is one of the global warming facts.
Rather, his logical analysis encourages that consideration be given as to the degree of that global warming. He questions 'if it will even be enough to be seriously noticed'.
What issues have you made your mind up on in your life? Can you imagine that giving some things further consideration might open you up to the possibility of more personal growth?
I don't think it can ever hurt to open up and consider a bigger picture.
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