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Aliens Cause Global Warming <Long - good read
Caltech Michelin Lecture ^ | January 17, 2003 | Michael Crichton

Posted on 12/24/2003 8:59:21 PM PST by The Shootist

Edited on 01/02/2004 6:35:15 PM PST by Sidebar Moderator. [history]

My topic today sounds humorous but unfortunately I am serious. I am going to argue that extraterrestrials lie behind global warming. Or to speak more precisely, I will argue that a belief in extraterrestrials has paved the way, in a progression of steps, to a belief in global warming. Charting this progression of belief will be my task today.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: climatechange; environment; globalwarming; nuclearwinter; politics; science; smoking; voodoo
Tremendous explanation of science used as power politics.
1 posted on 12/24/2003 8:59:22 PM PST by The Shootist
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To: The Shootist
Already posted
2 posted on 12/24/2003 9:04:46 PM PST by PeaceBeWithYou (De Oppresso Liber!)
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To: farmfriend
ping
3 posted on 12/24/2003 9:05:00 PM PST by Libertarianize the GOP (Ideas have consequences)
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To: Libertarianize the GOP
I'm not going to ping this one. It is a repeat.
4 posted on 12/24/2003 9:08:16 PM PST by farmfriend ( Isaiah 55:10,11)
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To: PeaceBeWithYou
Already posted

Dang. Can't seem to read them all.

5 posted on 12/24/2003 9:08:53 PM PST by The Shootist
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To: farmfriend
'sides, It is worth repeating.
6 posted on 12/24/2003 9:10:02 PM PST by The Shootist
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To: The Shootist
Not if you had read Carry_OKie's comments on it.
7 posted on 12/24/2003 9:11:08 PM PST by farmfriend ( Isaiah 55:10,11)
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To: The Shootist
NOT to worry,
8 posted on 12/24/2003 9:15:34 PM PST by BenLurkin (Socialism is Slavery)
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To: farmfriend
I don't agree with Carry's interpretation and even if he/she/it were correct about the "top-down approach" the one paragraph does not negate the logic of Crichton's argument nor was the suggestion about how to fund science the central topic of the lecture. In fact, I would judge it to be at most, tertiary, and not germane at all to the subject at hand.

Carry was simply "picking at nits".

9 posted on 12/24/2003 9:32:24 PM PST by The Shootist
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To: The Shootist
the one paragraph does not negate the logic of Crichton's argument

How about a whole book?

10 posted on 12/24/2003 9:34:29 PM PST by farmfriend ( Isaiah 55:10,11)
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To: farmfriend
How about a whole book?

And this book has to do with the effects of junk science and political control? Psuedo-science that allows people to believe in such things as UFOs, copper bracelets for arthritis, magnetic insoles, second hand cigarette smoke as the 3rd leading cause of death, global warming and nuclear winters?

Have you even read Crichton's lecture?

11 posted on 12/24/2003 10:07:46 PM PST by The Shootist
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To: The Shootist
And this book has to do with the effects of junk science and political control?

Yes it does.

12 posted on 12/24/2003 10:11:27 PM PST by farmfriend ( Isaiah 55:10,11)
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To: The Shootist
This guy "gets it":

Let's be clear: the work of science has nothing whatever to do with consensus. Consensus is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right, which means that he or she has results that are verifiable by reference to the real world. In science consensus is irrelevant. What is relevant is reproducible results. The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus.

There is no such thing as consensus science. If it's consensus, it isn't science. If it's science, it isn't consensus. Period.

13 posted on 12/24/2003 10:20:32 PM PST by GOPJ
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To: The Shootist
BUMP!
14 posted on 12/24/2003 10:44:47 PM PST by mercy
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To: The Shootist
"...What, then, can we say were the lessons of Nuclear Winter? I believe the lesson was that with a catchy name, a strong policy position and an aggressive media campaign, nobody will dare to criticize the science, and in short order, a terminally weak thesis will be established as fact. After that, any criticism becomes beside the point. The war is already over without a shot being fired. That was the lesson, and we had a textbook application soon afterward, with second hand smoke. ..."
16 posted on 12/25/2003 6:21:18 AM PST by vannrox (The Preamble to the Bill of Rights - without it, our Bill of Rights is meaningless!)
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What amazes me is that ANY true scientist would choose to be a leftist. The tenants of communism and or socialism just do not stand up to critical analysis. Nor have they stood the test of time. Why does any critical thinker choose these distructive ideolgies?

My theory is self hatred. They don't like themselves or humanity in general and they want to control mankind. They think in terms of population control but what they really want is extinction.
17 posted on 12/25/2003 10:04:52 AM PST by mercy
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To: The Shootist
bump
18 posted on 12/25/2003 8:05:02 PM PST by GOPJ
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To: The Shootist
Bump
19 posted on 12/26/2003 8:10:21 PM PST by GOPJ
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To: GOPJ
You're right. Crichton's observations seem to be dead on. Did you know that besides being a best selling Sci-Fi (Andromeda Strain, Jurassic Park, WestWorld, Congo) and "thriller" (The Great Train Robbery, Rising Sun) novelist he is also a medical doctor?

Quite unlike Dr. Dean, thank God.

20 posted on 12/26/2003 10:20:35 PM PST by The Shootist
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Aliens Cause Global Warming
Caltech Michelin Lecture | January 17, 2003 | Michael Crichton
Posted on 12/11/2003 4:44:39 PM EST by Dan Evans
Edited on 01/02/2004 9:36:11 PM EST by Sidebar Moderator. [history]
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1038662/posts


21 posted on 06/10/2006 5:34:54 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (All Moslems everywhere advocate murder, including mass murder, and they do it all the time.)
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To: mercy

What amazes me is that ANY true scientist would choose to be a leftist. The tenants of communism and or socialism just do not stand up to critical analysis. Nor have they stood the test of time. Why does any critical thinker choose these distructive ideolgies?

22 posted on 06/10/2006 6:14:01 PM PDT by Bratch
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