Darwinism and the left

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Article reads: Darwinism, along with other determinist theories of modernity, such as Marxism, dovetails neatly with this purely fideistic belief. Hence unquestioning belief in the Enlightenment has to presuppose similar faith in Darwinism, regardless of how much proof to the contrary is on offer. Far be it from me to denigrate unquestioning faith. However, persevering with it against all available evidence is hardly a sign of intelligence.

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The Galileo of global warming

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Article reads: This is the way things are going to be from now on. The discoveries of the Galileo of global warming—to appreciate the irony, call Svensmark’s view the heliocentric theory—is out there, the evidence for it is building, and that fact can no longer be hidden or ignored. If more brutal methods of suppression couldn’t stop the truths spoken by Galileo, today’s soft suppression of science isn’t going to work, either.

Fritz Vahrenholt on climate change

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Vahrenholt says: In the second half of the 20th century, the sun was more active than it had been in more than 2,000 years. This “large solar maximum,” as astronomers call it, has contributed at least as much to global warming as the greenhouse gas CO2. But the sun has been getting weaker since 2005, and it will continue to do so in the next few decades. Consequently, we can only expect cooling from the sun for now.

Himalayas have lost no ice in past 10 years

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Article reads: The discovery has stunned scientists, who had believed that around 50bn tonnes of meltwater were being shed each year and not being replaced by new snowfall.

Freshwater lake sealed for millions of years

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Article reads: After drilling into Lake Vostok for over two decades, Russian scientists have confirmed that they reached the mysterious freshwater lake that was sealed beneath over two miles of Antarctic ice.

Rupert Sheldrake promotes new book

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Article reads: His new book, The Science Delusion, is a summation of this thinking, an attempt to address what he sees as the limitations and hubris of contemporary scientific thought. In particular, he takes aim at the “scientific dogmatism” that sets itself up as gospel. The chapters take some of the stonier commandments of contemporary science and make them into questions: “Are the laws of nature fixed?”; “Is matter unconscious?”; “Is nature purposeless?” “Are minds confined to brains?”

Trusting science on global warming

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Opinion reads: The experts had, for years, been twisting the evidence, abusing the scientific process, breaching Freedom of Information requests (by illegally hiding or deleting emails and taxpayer-funded research) and silencing dissent in a way which removes all credibility from the scaremongering reports they write for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Global warming predictions that don’t pan out

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http://www.ocregister.com/opinion/global-338432-warming-energy.html

Opinion reads: We are beginning to see effects of the disasters that did not pan out. A British Parliament committee urged the government to scrap a carbon tax that would drive up electricity prices with no environmental benefit. The Spanish government suspended subsidies for new renewable-energy power plants. Stocks tumbled for companies reliant on such handouts.

Homer Smith on direct and indirect perception

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Homer says: Self symbolizingness is so big, that to date, no one knows about it.

Forget global warming

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Article reads: Based on readings from more than 30,000 measuring stations, the data was issued last week without fanfare by the Met Office and the University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit. It confirms that the rising trend in world temperatures ended in 1997.