Wednesday, 20 August 2008

A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing.

Another amended re-up (back at work, no time) concerning denialism. I was listening to BBC Radio 4's Any Questions the other day and was struck by the usual double standards on display. When asked about GM crops the panellists rushed to ridicule the Prince of Wales and repeated the mantra that "I'm not a scientist, so I'll trust the experts on this", even though the concensus level amongst scientists was agreed to be relatively low. When it came to the inevitable half witted question about climate change, however, their scientific reticence all but diassappeared, and most were perfectly comfortable in dismissing the overwhelming concensus of the world's climate proffessionsals. Funny what a vested interest will do.

No comments: