A Weblog monitoring coverage of environmental issues and science in the UK media. By Professor Emeritus Philip Stott. The aim is to assess whether a subject is being fairly covered by press, radio, and television. Above all, the Weblog will focus on science, but not just on poor science. It will also bring to public notice good science that is being ignored because it may be politically inconvenient.

Sunday, September 12, 2004

Your Sunday meditation: Tractatus Logico-Climaticus.....

1 The world is wholly contingent
1.1 The world is the totality of changes
1.11 The world is determined by the changes, and by there always being change
2 It is a river-bed proposition throughout all geology that climate changes
2.1 Climate change is a tautology
2.11 Climate is always either 'warming' or 'cooling'
2.12 Climate changes with or without human contingencies
2.13 Human influence neither creates nor halts the fact of change
2.2 The world divides into the facts of change
2.21 Doing something and not doing something are equally contingent
3 Causality is not a law which Nature obeys
3.1 Causality is the form in which propositions are cast
4 Monocausal propositions deny contingency
4.1 Monocausal propositions are but the witchcraft of their time
4.11 Monocausal propositions lead to authoritarian actions
5 Nothing is so difficult as not deceiving oneself
5.1 Human monocauses are inherently self-deceptive
5.11 The world is independent of my will
5.12 There is no logical connection between my wish and the world
5.121 fx = "x is controllable"; "fx is false for all values of x"
5.122 How likely then is ($x).fx?
5.123 [p,£,N(£)]
6 Logical climate space can be reduced to three words
6.1 Climate always changes
6.11 Climate is uncontrollable
7 What we cannot speak about we must pass over in silence.

Philip,always beware of those who attempt to foist monocausal explanations on the world, whether race or carbon dioxide. Now, "A breakfast is sitting on my table....." NO BREAKFAST! Help!

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