This website is mainly concerned with object 3 of Theosophy; that is “to investigate the unexplained laws of Nature and the powers latent in the human being“. … “Warming of the climate system now is unequivocal, according to many different kinds of evidence.” This is a statement made by the American Meteorological Society August 20th, 2012.
The Unequivocal – quoted above, is an example of a meme. The use here is designed to stop further discussion on the subject of global warming for example “after all the AMS are the “experts”.
J Robert_Oppenheimer tests the above statement by saying
“We do not believe any group of men adequate enough or wise enough to operate without scrutiny or without criticism. We know that the only way to avoid error is to detect it, that the only way to detect it is to be free to enquire. We know that the wages of secrecy are corruption. We know that in secrecy error, undetected, will flourish and subvert.”
- “Encouragement of Science” (Address at Science Talent Institute, 6 Mar 1950), Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, v.7, #1 (Jan 1951) p.6-8
Part of object three’s concern is to consider development of a belief system which may degenerate for example, the study of Climate Science. Scientists ultimately study nature – in its broadest sense – (physis Gk) with the best tools they can lay their hands on. Any hypothesis e.g. the climate model is always treated with skepticism even by they themselves. and not to believe in something that may be politically motivated as the above statement indicates. The key word unequivocal, is the dogma which attempts to close further discussion.
… “But the most insidious, as it is brilliant of these memes is the false logic; sceptic = “climate change denier”, John Spooner, cartoonist for THE AGE explains :
… “the idea of using the term “denier” to describe a person who remained agnostic or sceptical about the exact human contribution to the 0.7 degree global warming of the past 100 years. This malicious rhetoric came to be adopted by climate activists, media reporters and politicians up to head-of-state level. Many distinguished scientists such as Paul Reiter of the Pasteur Institute in Paris, Professor Richard Lindzen of MIT, and Bill Kininmonth, former head of our National Climate Centre, were casually defamed in this way.”
From: Sceptics weather the storm to put their case on climate John Spooner 2012 12 29 Opinion theage.com.au
Jiddu Krishnamurti has the final word:
… “you must not hold a thought just because many other people hold it, nor because it has been believed for centuries, nor because it is written in some book which men think sacred; you must think of the matter for yourself, and judge for yourself whether it is reasonable. Remember that though a thousand men agree upon a subject, if they know nothing about that subject their opinion is of no value. He who would walk upon the Path must learn to think for himself, for superstition is one of the greatest evils in the world, one of the fetters from which you must utterly free yourself.”