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This essay is a bit simplistic on a few things. One is that Fox News and MSNBC would both raise my pulse and for the same reason, they both resort to exaggerated, dramatic news stories that often leave out significant pieces of information. At best a stress response would only partially be due to the views opposing my own. A second issue is that, unless you’re a scientist talking to another scientist, facts are a matter of interpretation and culture. A wavelength of 650nm is a wavelength of 650nm no mater what you call it but depending on the person you might get various names for red or even a color other than red. A final fact is that science is never “done”. Everything is really a theory. This doesn’t mean everything is relative, Some theories have so little or no evidence against them that we accept them as fact, things like gravity. Other things, for example in the medical field, are often accepted as fact and yet are highly speculative since the issues are complex, out knowledge is incomplete and humans are all different. I would enjoy an essay by the author that explores the complex issue of issues that are complex. Things like global warming have a large weight of evidence but also suffer from gaps in knowledge and imperfect predictions so there is room for people to try to deny it altogether. This in part stems from people wanting to reinforce their beliefs but also partly from poor science education and critical thinking skills in general.
I tend to agree with James that this article is a nice easy read for a lazy brain but lacks nuance. I am not a conservative but i find all sorts of problems with the “science” of global warming. I am generally centrist in my views because I was trained as an intelligence analyst so look for biases and inconsistencies when presented with information. I also look for motivation. Here in Australia our news media has become ideologically driven to the point that every news story begins with an ideological proposition followed by a set of cherry picked statements that support that proposition. It is very difficult therefore to derive any real pleasure from simple reporting as I am always doubting the motivation of the reporter.
The fight in Syria for example is one of the most complex conflicts in recent memory but it is still treated as a baddies versus goodies cowboy and western.
I am unable to form a morally sound view on this conflict let alone derive a militarily sound solution.