What can be done to educate people about Climate change? Is belief in man caused climate change somehow tied to a need to believe in a cause and something bigger than themselves?
People have a need to believe in something higher than themselves, something that transcends this mortal world, to become a part of something bigger than themselves. Historically, this has been filled by religion, family, and local community. Intellectuals often view religion as superstition, view family as demeaning housework, and view their neighbors as pedestrian and parochial. The PTA and Boy Scouts just will not do. Still, the need must be filled.
Some people fill this need by joining causes or becoming part of the "people", the "fatherland", the "motherland", the fourth Reich, the Red Guard, whatever secular collective or other grand cause you wish to name.
It was always considered bad form to discuss politics at funerals, even at a politician's funeral. At the service for the late Sen. Paul Wellstone, it became apparent that politics was the religion replacement for many people. Global warming is another.
The same people who identify with Copernicus and Galileo in standing up the medieval Catholic Church have no problem in wanting to muzzle non-believers to the global warming cause. The debate is said to be over, the original data to be destroyed, publication denied, funding denied, tenure denied, and laws passed in accordance with the new faith.
The head of the faith, Al Gore, is a not a scientist, but is appropriately a divinity school drop out, who is $100 million richer because of this new cause. P.T. Barnum was an American as well.
What can be done to educate these people? What can be done to encourage them to view climate study in a scientific way? The Return of the Primitive: The Anti-Industrial Revolution
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