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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Seen at the American Museum of Natural History 


Last Sunday afternoon the TigerHawk Teenager Son and I went to the American Museum of Natural History for a couple of hours. I spotted this little warning in one of the exhibits. Insofar as it raises at least as many questions as it answers, I suspect there was some small negotiation over its precise wording.


Warning


12 Comments:

By Anonymous feeblemind, at Sat Mar 26, 08:35:00 PM:

heh. Head nodding in agreement with TH.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sat Mar 26, 11:46:00 PM:

Could we have an equivalent book about the coming glacial age such as Alas Babylon or Earth Abides, two of my favorite science fiction novels? Both of these novels postulate the sudden decimation of the earth's population as in the story of Noah and the great flood, but the onset of an ice age would be more gradual notwithstanding the recent movie.

JLW III  

By Anonymous Bird of Paradise, at Sun Mar 27, 12:13:00 AM:

They didnt have SUVs or Jumbo jets in the middle ages Mr AL GORE SIR  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sun Mar 27, 12:56:00 AM:

We will be saved if only we send Mr. Gore billions of dollars! Only he can save the world!!!  

By Blogger Kathy K, at Sun Mar 27, 07:16:00 AM:

Anonymous: You could try Robert Silverberg's "Time of the Great Freeze"  

By Anonymous sirius, at Sun Mar 27, 09:48:00 AM:

I'm led to think, given the implications expressed by this sign, that 'human-made' pollutants may be the only way to forestall the onset of another ice-age.

Or isn't that the intended message?  

By Anonymous Ignoramus, at Sun Mar 27, 10:11:00 AM:

It’s no longer about the science, it’s about the semiotics.

You could parse the Museum’s statement for hours. Philosopher Karl Popper would approve the first sentence as “scientifically true.” The second sentence carries a momentous inference. The third puts AGW theory in its proper place; Penelope Cruz “may” still find me.

Time Magazine reports on how the Greens are re-strategizing: The Greening of the American Brain “It's a question whispered by climate scientists and pondered by environmental activists: why don't they believe us?” Their answer is to say that the brains of Skeptics are badly wired: Skeptics have too many cognitive biases. Sayeth Time, with no hint of irony: “What's the answer for environmentalists? Change the message and frame the issue in a way that doesn't trigger unconscious opposition among so many Americans.” Once again, it’s all about the children.

We’re on trajectory to burn more coal. That’s the one certainty.  

By Blogger Assistant Village Idiot, at Sun Mar 27, 10:56:00 AM:

Ruddiman's Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum, gives evidence that humans did change the climate with settled farming - both the plants and the domesticated animals contributing to warming. Without that, we would indeed be well into an Ice Age cycle now, with more to come.  

By Blogger KnightErrant, at Sun Mar 27, 08:18:00 PM:

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice

Robert Frost  

By Blogger PD Quig, at Sun Mar 27, 10:00:00 PM:

Must see video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mxmo9DskYE

Share it will all your AGW-infected friends and family  

By Blogger TOF, at Mon Mar 28, 09:33:00 AM:

If you think global warming is bad try growing food crops during global cooling.  

By Blogger Georgfelis, at Mon Mar 28, 09:38:00 AM:

Surprised that Niven/Pournelle's Fallen Angels was not referenced. It's a nice bit of speculative fiction, but of course we all know that we would never get to the point where AGW nuts would take over the US Government. Right?  

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