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Gnostepistemological Critique of Anthropogenic Global Warming

gnosis: the direct experiential knowledge of the supernatural or divine
epistemology: the branch of philosophy that studies the nature, methods, limitations, and validity of knowledge and belief

What an amazing coincidence…

In our day and age: just as soon as we have managed to build the FIRST computers able to provide plausible estimates of future climates; and just as soon as we have launched the FIRST satellites to observe the evolution of polar ice and the Earth’s atmosphere as a whole…it is RIGHT NOW that we have discovered Global Warming and/or Climate Change. And it is RIGHT NOW that we have to undergo major social and personal upheavals, during the upcoming few years, otherwise the planet will be in peril.

An incredible stroke of luck? Way too many well-minded people trying to make use of just-acquired knowledge, in an evermore “medicalized” society built around narrow technical expertise?

Or perhaps, the definitive proof of Providence, and therefore of God.

Amen.

(many thanks to geoff chambers for reminding me of this post I had written last August, but only in Italian)

0 replies on “Gnostepistemological Critique of Anthropogenic Global Warming”

I don’t think they’re afraid…it’s just that they don’t get covered in newsstories, and there’s no space for them on Nature or Science (for obvious reasons). I’ll soon blog about one of them, and an AGW believer at that

p.s. Seriously, your point (which I thought was mine) opens up a potentially important debate in the sociology of science. The fact that an idea arrives when it’s technically possible to test it (and make a successful career out of doing so) doesn’t in itself prove that the idea is false. But when that idea is poorly argued, and enters the political domain, it’s necessary to examine its socio-cultural roots, including, I would think, the motivations of its proponents. And this isn’t happening, as far as I know, except for a lot of scattered name-calling and some decent socio-political analysis on Climate Resistance (where they refuse to discuss motivation). Where are the historians, philosophers, psychologists and other cultural commentators? Are they afraid of men in labcoats who do statistics?

When I posted my comment I swear I hadn’t read your post. I do read Italian, but I didn’t know I could telepathise too.
Ci son più cose in cielo e in terra, Orazio,
che non sogni la tua filosofia

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