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Randy
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Posted - 10/10/2011 :  18:10:14  Show Profile Send Randy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
A pretty well made argument on Global Warming and what or which way to thing about it....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zORv8wwiadQ

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Dr. Mabuse
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Posted - 10/11/2011 :  08:18:27   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Dr. Mabuse an ICQ Message Send Dr. Mabuse a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Indeed!

If I had to choose only one argument, this would be it. Actually, it's one I've used myself a few times debating deniers at work (not that there are many of them), though not as eloquently.

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Dave W.
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Posted - 10/11/2011 :  10:21:56   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It's Pascal's Wager for Climate Change.

Here's the table for Pascal's Wager:
.             |             |             |
              |    Faith    |   Atheism   |
              |             |             |
--------------+-------------+-------------+
              |             |             |
              |   Wasted    |             |
    No God    |   Sunday    | No Big Deal |
              |  Mornings   |             |
              |             |             |
--------------+-------------+-------------+
              |             |             |
              |             |             |
  God Exists  |  Paradise!  |   Eternal   |
              |             |  Damnation  |
              |             |             |
--------------+-------------+-------------+

Pascal argued that wasted Sunday mornings was a much lower risk than Eternal Damnation, and so we should pick the "Faith" column (the video's "column A").

So people who find this style of argument convincing should be religious.

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Randy
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Posted - 10/11/2011 :  10:46:30   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Randy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Difference being though if we press forward to lessen human's impact on global warming, it's a possible win-win either way....


"We are all connected; to each other biologically, to the earth chemically, to the rest of the universe atomically."

"So you're made of detritus [from exploded stars]. Get over it. Or better yet, celebrate it. After all, what nobler thought can one cherish than that the universe lives within us all?"
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marfknox
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Posted - 10/11/2011 :  11:10:49   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit marfknox's Homepage  Send marfknox an AOL message Send marfknox a Private Message  Reply with Quote
LOL! That's the best comic ever.

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Posted - 10/11/2011 :  11:13:53   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Randy

Difference being though if we press forward to lessen human's impact on global warming, it's a possible win-win either way....
Yeah, but the guy in the video focuses on the doom-sayers.

The argument that combating climate change will result in benefits regardless of whether climate change is "real" is a different and much more powerful argument.

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Posted - 10/12/2011 :  05:33:24   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send BigPapaSmurf a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I just tell em "If I'm wrong, we spend money. If you're wrong, we go extinct."

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The Rat
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Posted - 10/12/2011 :  06:01:45   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit The Rat's Homepage Send The Rat a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Here was the way I put it a few years ago, don't know if I ever posted it here:


Global Warming? Screw the Facts!

Did I just say that? The card-carrying skeptic who believes that evidence should be collected and examined with a scientific eye? Screw the facts?!

Yes, I said it. Maybe it’s my unwillingness to wade through reams of paper trying to find out who’s right, perhaps it’s just acceptance of the consensus of more than 90% of the world’s climatologists, but I no longer care about the facts, as if I ever did. I long ago came to the conclusion that there are four undeniable, inarguable facts that relate to this issue, facts which simply cannot be denied. (There I go again, displaying the dogmatism that skeptics should avoid.) But here they are:

1) The environment is the most important issue in the world simply because it is the world, without it we are dead. If you deny that then you deny your own existence. We evolved in a specific set of conditions, and even though our intelligence has forged technological means of staying alive and flourishing in everything from the tropical deserts to the arctic snows and into Earth orbit, we can only, as yet, engineer our immediate environments with heaters, air conditioners, and clothing. We cannot hope to quickly counteract large-scale weather patterns which are the result of the warming of our planet.

2) There is no way of knowing, and no way of predicting, how much damage we can do to the environment before we reach the ‘tipping point’, and things become irreparable. We know that everything is interconnected, again, denying that is denying the very ecosystems which keep our planet healthy and able to sustain us. Maybe we can lose 90% of the species on Earth and still be fine, but maybe as I’m writing this there is a logging company working in a rain forest and wiping out the last colony of a species of beetle which will cause the whole system to collapse around us. The system is far too complex for us to ever predict when that might happen.

3) If, and I will grant that it’s an ‘if’, the worst case scenarios are true we are in very serious trouble. If some of the less dire predictions are true we could still be in for some very profound changes to our societies and way of life.

4) From what I've seen, none of the measures being seriously proposed to alleviate global warming will harm the environment. It doesn’t matter if the hypothesis is a misinterpretation, miscalculation, an exaggeration, or an outright bare-faced bloody lie, the environment benefits anyway!

But the ECONOMY! people will scream, it will ruin our economy! I doubt it. If there’s anything which can evolve faster than a bacterium it’s a system which makes people lots of money. Maybe a few short-sighted companies will go under, but who needs them? Their place will quickly be taken by people with vision and hope, just the sort of people we need anyway.

I have used these arguments before, and have been accused of indulging in an environmental version of Pascal’s wager. I can see the comparison, but the world around us is a living, breathing system for which we have ample evidence just by looking out the window; deities, on the other hand, are conspicuous by their absence.

They certainly don’t seem to be cooling the Earth.

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Dr. Mabuse
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Posted - 10/12/2011 :  08:02:06   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Dr. Mabuse an ICQ Message Send Dr. Mabuse a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Dave W.

It's Pascal's Wager for Climate Change.
...

So people who find this style of argument convincing should be religious.
But ~60-90% (depending on how you calculate) of the American population is religious. For those people this kind of argument could work. And we need to reach those people .

Except those of course, who believe that God will not allow us to fuck up the planet no matter what we do. But those are too screwed up to bother with anyway.



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Hal
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Posted - 10/12/2011 :  08:19:02   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Hal a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Dr. Mabuse

[quote]Originally posted by Dave W.


Except those of course, who believe that God will not allow us to fuck up the planet no matter what we do. But those are too screwed up to bother with anyway.



You might be surprised at just how "mainstream" that notion is in significant parts of the country. As much as I'd like to think this view is limited to a handful of snake-handling cranks, I've found it to be very common, perhaps even dominant, among the rank-and-file, practicing religious faithful, who make up the majority population in the areas I've lived. It would be nice to simply not "bother with" them, but they are my family, friends, neighbors, employers and coworkers, doctors, lawyers, pizza makers, ....

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
Martin Luther King Jr.

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Dave W.
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Posted - 10/12/2011 :  08:27:19   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Dr. Mabuse

But ~60-90% (depending on how you calculate) of the American population is religious.
No, Mab, I was saying that if we skeptics find Pascal's Wager compelling in this climate-change form, then we should be religious.
For those people this kind of argument could work. And we need to reach those people .
I (for one) am not going to use an argument I know to be poor to entice the gullible towards agreeing with my political goals.

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