With the nomination of the head of ExxonMobile as the next Secretary of State, and Rick Perry to head Energy, and Scott Pruitt for the EPA, the hostile attention of the climate change fundamentalists has been fully secured. This being the case, I thought it might be important for me once again to state, within brief compass, why all the climate change tub-thumping is not science.
The hysterical response of the Left to these nominations has revealed (yet again) that the climate change movement has made the full transition to becoming the Holy Mother Church, missing only an altar and candles. And the only reason they don’t have candles is because of the paraffin-wax-low-temperature-burning carbon footprint involved. Every little bit helps, people. In fact, speaking of candles, this religion is actually kind of a weird mashup between the Holy Mother Church and the Fundamental Tabernacles of this world, which don’t have candles either, but for entirely different reasons. So we have somehow come up with the soul-winning zeal of Torquemada, the scientific acumen of John Hagee, and the epistemic lead-pipe-cinch-certainty shown by bellicose JW’s at your door, provided they have been training with steroids.
But Richard Feynman, Nobel laureate, once defined science this way: “Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts.” Perhaps a tad overstated, but one should be able to grasp his point—which, when it comes to climate change, is not a tad overstated.
So let me get straight to my point, and it is a point that has all this climate changery placed in the stocks, and wants to pelt it with vegetables that are no longer in their prime. There is a vast and profound difference between science and scientism. Science is made up of what we know. Scientism tells you what you had better know, or else.
When someone has done their little scientism song and scientism dance, and then moves seamlessly into the sales pitch, then whatever it is they said at the first, we cannot call it science. When someone yells SCIENCE, ALL RISE, and starts agitating for legislation now, before it is too late, then whatever it is, it is not science. When a furniture store in the seedy part of downtown has been holding going-out-of-business sales for the last forty-six years, then whatever you want to call it, be my guest, but not science. That word’s taken. If the Amazon rain forest has been disappearing for decades now at a rate that could have deforested three planets the size of Jupiter, then it is not science. Neither is it math.
When a theorem is presented, and dissenters from that theorem are treated like heretics instead of dissenters, then you may depend upon it. We are not talking about science.
Science is not what the majority of scientists say. For crying out loud—what did the majority of scientists say ten minutes prior to every major breakthrough? And if science is not what the majority of scientists say, still less is it what the majority of ardent evangelists say the majority of scientists say.
So is it science? Well, is there a call for action? Is there proposed legislation? Are there heresy trials? Is there an urgent sales pitch? Do you have to decide to get the aluminum siding this weekend because the sale ends Sunday? Do you have to decide right now? Right this minute?
Well, then, I think we have answered your question.