[Lord] “Moncktons Schenectady showdown”
.....”Lord Monckton, sternly but sadly, told those who had raised their hands: You know, from the plain and clear demonstration that I gave during my lecture, that the IPCCs statistical abuse was just that an abuse. Yet, perhaps out of misplaced loyalty to your professor, you raised your hands in denial of the truth. Never do that again, even for the sake of appeasing authority. In science, whatever you may personally believe or wish to be so, it is the truth and only the truth that matters.
That pin, if you had dropped it, could have been heard again. Many young heads were hung in shame. Even their professor looked just a little less arrogant than he had done throughout the proceedings. Quietly they shuffled out into the darkness.
That night, the Gore Effect worked overtime. Temperatures plummeted to 14° F. The following morning, as we drove through the snowy landscape of upstate New York towards the next venue the following morning, I asked Lord Monckton what he had thought of the strange conduct of the professor, particularly when he had abused his authority by asking his students to assent to the correctness of a statistical technique that he and they had known to be plainly false.
Lord Moncktons reply was moving. Gently, and sadly, he said, We shall lose the West unless we can restore the use of reason to pre-eminence in our institutions of what was once learning. It was the age of reason that built the West and made it prosperous and free. The age of reason gave you your great Constitution of liberty. It is the power of reason, the second of the three great powers of the soul in Christian theology, that marks our species out from the rest of the visible creation, and makes us closest to the image and likeness of our Creator. I cannot stand by and let the forces of darkness drive us unprotesting into a new Dark Age........
I’m reading the piece about Monckton right now. Thanks for posting. I hadn’t heard much about him lately.
Monckton's assertion here is a commonly conflated misunderstanding of the history of philosophical thought. "Reason," understood in the 18th Century as defined by religious scholars such as Aquinas, was attacked by the philosophers that defined the modern era.