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(Boston.com)   "Just sitting in a hot room" can cause a person to believe global warming is real. "It's totally irrational"   (boston.com) divider line 15
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2012-10-11 11:23:45 AM
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For fark's sake, can we please stop using "belief" in the context of science? Yes, our primitive monkey brains are easily tricked into making irrational judgements. We know this. The whole point of science is to mitigate this tendency.

There's no such thing as "believing" in global warming. There's only looking at the evidence and going with the most logical conclusion. Likewise, you can't disbelieve in it either. It's not Santa Claus. What you mean when you say you don't believe in climate change is "I don't want this story to be true."
2012-10-11 12:04:44 PM
3 votes:
Conversely, seeing snow in Winter causes people to think Global Warming is a hoax.

/wish I was making that up.
2012-10-11 12:07:43 PM
2 votes:
The problem is that rationality is rare in human beings, even scientists.

As far as the question of whether we're farking up the environment, I think that's not even up for question. The difficulty is that the only real solution is cutting back on the number of humans.

Who wants to go first?
2012-10-11 01:53:25 PM
1 votes:

Mock26: Who cares if global warming is real? We should act as it is is real and that we are the cause of it, and we should do everything reasonable within our power (as both individuals and as a whole) to reduce any and all negative impact upon the environment.


I've seen a number of real religious zealots use the exact same argument. Doesn't matter if you believe, it's just what they feel you arbitrarily "should" do, typically meaning what people "shouldn't" be doing, typically boiling down to the root of "If you don't do as I do, you are scum and not worthy of rights."

The global warming debate is scarily similar to say, contraception or abortion debates. Largely about getting people to stop doing X, and people who want to try to preserve freedom.
2012-10-11 01:30:14 PM
1 votes:
Who cares if global warming is real? We should act as it is is real and that we are the cause of it, and we should do everything reasonable within our power (as both individuals and as a whole) to reduce any and all negative impact upon the environment.
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2012-10-11 12:46:08 PM
1 votes:

God Is My Co-Pirate: For fark's sake, can we please stop using "belief" in the context of science? Yes, our primitive monkey brains are easily tricked into making irrational judgements. We know this. The whole point of science is to mitigate this tendency.

There's no such thing as "believing" in global warming. There's only looking at the evidence and going with the most logical conclusion. Likewise, you can't disbelieve in it either. It's not Santa Claus. What you mean when you say you don't believe in climate change is "I don't want this story to be true."


When you say you don't believe in climate change you are saying "I don't give a fark but I don't want to look like a jerk so I will pretend it's a matter of principle".
2012-10-11 12:33:26 PM
1 votes:

Everything is Awful: I was arguing about climate change with my dad and he said he wasn't worried about it... because the rapture. I just left the house.


I don't understand dominionists. "Our god is going to come back in the flesh and visit us any day now, so we need to get on shiatting all over the planet he gave us."

It's like trashing the college dorm that your parents are paying for before they come to visit.
2012-10-11 12:19:40 PM
1 votes:

SN1987a goes boom: Conversely, seeing snow in Winter causes people to think Global Warming is a hoax.

/wish I was making that up.


A few years ago I saw Faux News mocking the idea of climate change by spotlighting the fact it was snowing on the beach in Rio de Janeiro - loudly laughing that it being freakishly cold in a place normally known for being quite warm 'disproved' the idea that earth could possibly be getting warmer.

Come on. Using truly abnormal weather patterns to 'prove' that weather patterns aren't changing? Seriously? People fall for that? Of course they do. Humans are totally irrational sheep who only look for even the thinnest reason to reinforce preexisting beliefs and openly rejecting all other information.
2012-10-11 12:19:24 PM
1 votes:

trippdogg: In other news, scientists have determined the average person is a moron.


Oh no, we've known that for a long time.
2012-10-11 12:16:38 PM
1 votes:
In other news, scientists have determined the average person is a moron.
2012-10-11 12:11:03 PM
1 votes:
There is a difference between not believing in global warming and not believing that humans are the sole reason for said change.
2012-10-11 12:07:02 PM
1 votes:

God Is My Co-Pirate: For fark's sake, can we please stop using "belief" in the context of science? Yes, our primitive monkey brains are easily tricked into making irrational judgements. We know this. The whole point of science is to mitigate this tendency.

There's no such thing as "believing" in global warming. There's only looking at the evidence and going with the most logical conclusion. Likewise, you can't disbelieve in it either. It's not Santa Claus. What you mean when you say you don't believe in climate change is "I don't want this story to be true."


Came to say this, thanks for covering it for me.
2012-10-11 11:39:28 AM
1 votes:

Lumpmoose: If only there were people we could train to research and study things based on evidence.


And maybe we could make enough of them that we can easily replicate their results, thus proving that their conclusions are correct.
2012-10-11 11:01:56 AM
1 votes:
Just sitting next to my gas grill makes be believe in hamburgers and barbecued chicken.
2012-10-11 10:54:51 AM
1 votes:
If only there were people we could train to research and study things based on evidence.
 
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