Monday, February 21, 2011

Small Victory on KPBS

This morning, one of my work clients had an internet outage.  I slid down the bat-pole and began the 20 minute drive. Of course, I turned on the radio and as I moved to the typical talk radio stations, the dial fell upon KPBS in San Diego. Here two Man-Made Global Warming advocates were dishing out the typical alarmism cloaked in pseudo-science.  My understanding is that their careers are as speakers for this cause.

Immediately, my phone dialed in. It has a mind of its own on these matters. As many of you know, I once dressed up as Global Warming Man for Halloween as satire on the matter.  Surprisingly, the phone was answered by a congenial young man who was quite taken by my simple question.

"My question is a basic science question," I started. "In science, Falsifiability
is key to any theory. So, is Climate Change Falsifiable?"  The young man asked for more detail to be sure that I was not just reading some script. "For example, if I had a theory that all cars are green and then observed a red car it would prove my theory false."  The call screener proclaimed his approval of the question and I shortly layed the question out to the two global warming advocates.

Chaos ensued as the first speaker began to comment that "All hypotheses are proven through the fact that they cannot be disproved."  This is not precisely incorrect, but evades my question entirely. It was an adept misdirection. Subsequently the question was evaded with additional blather until the host had to step in and rephrase the question. This rephrasing surprised and impressed me!  The host added, "I believe the caller was getting at what would disprove man-made climate change."

An entire segment then erupted as the squirming continued. Finally, one speaker admitted that Falsifiability had not been in his scientific vocabulary when he stumbled into the "positive feedback of water vapor" issue and proclaimed that if that feedback were disproved it would be a Nobel prize moment.  I am unsure if he finally started looking at the issue from a scientific perspective or was prompted with an "answer."  In my eyes, it was a small victory.

Science is just a belief system without Falsifiability. There is plenty of evidence in front of our eyes that God exists, but how would you disprove the existence of God. The advocates of global warming are pushing this on America's children because, as one KPBS guest said, "Children are not as skeptical." If other belief systems are not allowed in public school...why global warming?

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