This is great comedy:
SCIENTISTS say they are haunted by the failure to convey to the world just how close Earth is to climate catastrophe.
Top researchers who gathered in Copenhagen for a climate change conference said they were worried that people could not psychologically deal with the enormity of the problem and were reverting to doing nothing.
French glaciologist Claude Lorius, one of the first scientists to publish in 1987 evidence that global warming was real said he despaired of getting the message across.
“At first, I thought that we could convince people. But there is a terrible inertia,” he said.
“I fear that society is not up to the challenge of a crisis like this. Today, as a human being I am pessimistic.”
Glad you’ve come along to the party, Dr. Lorius. Let me explain a few things:
So in other words, even if we accept what you’re saying as truth, our dysfunctional society has failed us. Remember all those old people in the past dozens of generations telling us stuff was getting worse? Looks like they were right. But not for the reasons you mention, Dr. Lorius.
In general, the academics I’ve met have been strikingly clever but not smart at all. They know the right specialized vocabulary, usually an additional 5,000 words; they know the topics of currency and have a thesis to handle each of the five big issues in their discipline. But beyond that, they’re useless. They have no knowledge of the world. This is why all philosophers should be thrust into the world to make their own way, according to the wisdom of an ancient philosopher.
Yet academics kept this society surging forward as much as anyone else. You supported political correctness. You supported big industry. You supported fond notions that if we stop all offensive words, we’ll turn out OK, and that those words can be defined subjectively. You supported relativism. And now you want us to snap to your command?
Forget it — you blew it years ago, Dr. Lorius. But you didn’t notice because you were in your lab, thin intelligence that you are, looking at partial representations of reality. Go back.