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2012-11-28 09:13:56 AM
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The problem with these "OMG the sky is falling" climate-change horror predictions is that nobody looks at the big pictures. Oceanographers just look at oceans, Geographers just look at earth. Weatherographers just look at their latest Super Doppler7000 and circle their arms around weather patterns. And so on.

See, data is meaningless when it's taken as an isolated point. See, for example, here's a piece of data:

2230

Impressive, right? Now, if I just told you that number and said it was vitally important, what would happen? I'll tell you what: an entire realm of science would pop into being dedicated to finding out what that number means, how it impacts our life. By the time the 2230ists were finished, the Theory of 2230 would relate to everything. Then other scientists would come along and say, no, you guys are wrong, the real Theory of 2230 is *this*. And so on, and so on, and so on. That's what scientists *do*. They create meaning for things, then other scientists create another meaning, then they argue, then the government gives them grant money.

And here's the kicker: the truth is that 2230 *is* important, but each of them is just looking at it in isolation. Without understanding the big picture. They don't know how all the parts fit together, or even what the parts are. And so they're all wrong.

Don't get it? OK, let's try it this way. Let's pull back the lens a bit, subby, take a look at the situation you're describing. Water levels are rising. Oooh, scary. They're rising faster than predicted. OOOOOOH, scarier. But what happens when you increase the total amount of water in a given surface? Hm?

Volume, remember that? The water's volume increases. OK, see that's something that an oceanographer doesn't consider, because it's about math. So tell me: what happens when a water's volume increases?

That's right, very good. The water becomes heavier. Because there's more of it. Need proof? Here's an experiment for you to conduct: pick up a 5-gallon jug of water. Now pick up a 1-gallon jug. Which is heavier?

So what happens when the water's weight increases? Well, now we're into geography, another part of the big picture. The heavier water pushes down on the ocean's floor. Now, in some places, that will actually make the ocean deeper -- sort of like when the bottom of a plastic dish bows outward. In other places, though, the heavier water won't be able to actually move the floor, but will put tremendous pressure on it. TREMENDOUS pressure. And what happens when you put tremendous pressure on the earth's crust?

That's right, volcanoes. See, now we're into volcanology, which teaches us that magma, which is produced by volcanoes, is earth's building material. The pressure produced by the rising sea will force volcanic eruptions of magma to the surface, which in effect will create new land. So, even as the oceans are rising, land is rising, too. This is how planets get bigger, subby (and -- see? -- we're into astrology now). Do you think the Earth was always this same size? No! Thousands upon thousands of years ago it was much smaller. There was also a lot less water. Now we have lots of water, and lots of land. A few thousand years from now, there will be even more of both. It's the natural way of things. It's science. SCIENCE. But not science studied in isolation, subby. Science as part of the greater whole.
2012-11-28 08:53:49 AM
3 votes:
It's just the natural result of the end of the Ice Age 10,000 years ago when solar flares started flaring and made Mars hot. Stupid libs.
2012-11-28 10:25:51 AM
2 votes:

Cythraul: Pocket Ninja: The problem with these "OMG the sky is falling" climate-change horror predictions is that nobody looks at the big pictures. Oceanographers just look at oceans, Geographers just look at earth. Weatherographers just look at their latest Super Doppler7000 and circle their arms around weather patterns. And so on.

See, data is meaningless when it's taken as an isolated point. See, for example, here's a piece of data:

2230

I [heart] Pocket Ninja. I am now a firm believer in 2230.


2230 causes autism you heartless bastard
2012-11-28 10:05:03 AM
2 votes:
www.dvdtimes.co.uk

Everyone stay calm! This is not happening!
2012-11-28 08:56:57 AM
2 votes:
Yay! Raleigh, North Carolina will finally be a port city!
2012-11-28 02:54:19 PM
1 votes:

GhostfacedFiddlah: Let's just get this out of the way:
[i.imgur.com image 461x382]


No, let's just get THIS out of the way:
images3.wikia.nocookie.net
2012-11-28 12:25:13 PM
1 votes:
t1.gstatic.com
2012-11-28 10:53:32 AM
1 votes:
I, too, have found evidence of 2230:

upload.wikimedia.org NEVER FORGET
2012-11-28 10:43:26 AM
1 votes:
just wait 10 more years we will be back to the global cooling scare

greenplanetethics.com
2012-11-28 10:38:08 AM
1 votes:
In the 260 years since the Industrial Revolution, mankind has managed to destroy a 4.5 billion year old planet. Despite the negative press, you really have to marvel at our power. We are a truly unique and innovative species with more power sitting on our shoulders than all the suns in the universe. If there is life out there on other planets, I cannot imagine it even coming close to our immense strength. We shall rule the universe just as we've ruled the apes of our own planet. Bow at our feet or suffer our wrath!
2012-11-28 10:33:54 AM
1 votes:
Well, of course it seems like the Ocean is rising faster than predicted. Stupid Lib scientists failed to account for the Storm surge from Hurricane Sandy.
2012-11-28 10:31:45 AM
1 votes:

Pocket Ninja: astrology


I lost it bad right there. Good thing I wasn't drinking coffee.
2012-11-28 10:28:00 AM
1 votes:
It's a brand new album for 1990....


obscure?
2012-11-28 10:27:30 AM
1 votes:
www.webspawner.com
2012-11-28 09:24:23 AM
1 votes:

Pocket Ninja: The problem with these "OMG the sky is falling" climate-change horror predictions is that nobody looks at the big pictures. Oceanographers just look at oceans, Geographers just look at earth. Weatherographers just look at their latest Super Doppler7000 and circle their arms around weather patterns. And so on.

See, data is meaningless when it's taken as an isolated point. See, for example, here's a piece of data:

2230


I [heart] Pocket Ninja. I am now a firm believer in 2230.
 
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