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Friday, September 02, 2005

Katrina meets Popper

The proponents of "Katrina as proof of global warming" would do well to read a bit of Popper, where he considers the demarcation of science and pseudoscience,
These theories appeared to be able to explain practically everything that happened within the fields to which they referred. The study of any of them seemed to have the effect of an intellectual conversion or revelation, opening your eyes to a new truth hidden from those not yet initiated. Once your eyes were thus opened you saw confirming instances everywhere: the world was full of verifications of the theory. Whatever happened always confirmed it. Thus its truth appeared manifest; and unbelievers were clearly people who did not want to see the manifest truth; who refused to see it, either because it was against their class interest, or because of their repressions which were still “un-analysed” and crying aloud for treatment.
Some is available here. He talks about Marx, Freud and Adler specifically. The stuff about Freud and Adler is the most relevant, but some of the Marxist history "theory" is also relevant. Of course I doubt they are actually interested in the science since it has become something of an article of faith, Jonah Goldberg takes a gentle dig in his Theodicy column,
Environmentalists, it seems, need their own book of Job. Because as it stands right now, Mother Nature's ways are not mysterious, but entirely contingent on the output of fossil fuels. And, ironically enough, all of their hopes lie in George W. Bush. Which sounds just a bit like their version of Satan worship.

Posted by Chefen | 9/02/2005 01:16:00 AM