the polar bear climate change photo

Started Mar 24, 2007 | Discussions thread
Matt Nelson Regular Member • Posts: 115
Re: False Argument

kessler wrote:

Matt Nelson wrote:

On the one hand, you've got a bunch of scientists saying "Human
activity is causing the planet to warm." On the other hand, you've
got a bunch of scientists saying "Human activity is NOT causing the
planet to warm."

You could make this argument about almost anything. There are some
scientists that argue the evolution occurs and others that argue it
doesn't. Does that mean it's a debated issue among scientists?

I am a scientist in a related field to climate sutdies and I don't
recall ever speaking personally to a scientist that argued there is
not global warming. I've never seen a talk at a conference in
which anit-global warm was pesented either.

All I'm saying is that it smacks of bias to present this as if
there is no general consensus.

For the record, I firmly believe that the climate IS warming and that human activity is responsible. However, when discussing these matters with people that seem to refuse to concede any evidence that contradicts their belief, you must first try to find some basis of agreement. If no agreement can be reached on the statement "there is disagreement", then there's no sense in continuing the discussion.

Note that the above makes no judgment on which camp is correct and which is wrong. That debate can only happen after the parties are willing to actually debate, rather than yell at one another.


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