February 14, 2014

Greens are dismal, narrow and self-righteous

Guido reports the Greens' leader, Natalie Bennett, saying that the government should
Get rid of any cabinet Ministers or senior governmental advisors who refuse to accept the scientific consensus on climate change or who won’t take the risks to the UK seriously.
This call for an authoritarian, Stalinist purge comes as Matt Ridley describes what he calls the beauty of science - "the more you find out, the more you realise what you did not know":
The story of human prehistory is not special in this regard. You can tell the same tale of expanding new mysteries in cosmology, neuroscience, the history of climate, the workings of the immune system. On the voyage of science we are perpetually sighting great continents of ignorance that we did not even know were there.
Yet the narrow, crabbed Natalie Bennett worships the "scientific consensus".

Science makes advances through new discoveries. Discoveries. Those things that overturn a previous scientific consensus. The consensus that there was an invisible gas called phlogiston. The consensus that phrenology was a science. The consensus that earthquakes were nothing to do with tectonic plates. The consensus on the cause of stomach ulcers. All overturned by discoveries. Did I mention the scientific consensus that global temperatures would rise smoothly like the blade of a hockey stick?

The Greens are showing themselves as narrow, puritanical, blinkered apparatchiks who are sure that The Truth has been revealed, sure that they possess the Ultimate Truth, the Ultimate Answer to the Ultimate Question.

As Matt Ridley shows, science isn't like that. It doesn't give a fig for consensus. Or for Natalie Bennett's self-righteous preening.

1 comment:

Weekend Yachtsman said...

"The Truth has been revealed, sure that they possess the Ultimate Truth, the Ultimate Answer to the Ultimate Question."

Indeed science is not like that - but religion is, and religion is what greenism has become.

We won't fight it successfully with the weapons of science.