from a scientist

Published December 31st, 2007 by Bobby Henderson

I support your intent of countering the “intelligent” design “theorists” and their stealth efforts to bring in Creationism into the classroom (and kick out science). However, what’s this business of pirates vs. global surface temperature. Sure, you make a point that there’s a difference between correlation and causation. Perhaps you’re trying to point out that the true cause of GW may not be man-made green-house gas emissions. Well, the scientists have studied this problem and have come to the conclusion that it is. Please don’t give with one hand and take with the other. You support the scientists in Darwinian evolution and on the other hand don’t in GW science.
I suggest you remove your references to pirates and global surface temperature (your curve does look compelling though).

[A response: No deal, Alan. I tend to agree with the Global Warming hypothesis, and I certainly think it makes sense to err in that direction whether or not you agree with it – I’m all for conservation and green technologies. But, there is an almost religious type of dogma surrounding the Global Warming issue that makes me uncomfortable. Global warming is probably happening, but that is a world apart from saying it is Truth that must be supported. I’m against dogma and a priori reasoning, not any specific beliefs. -bobby]

75 Responses to “from a scientist”

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  1. ☠DutchPastaGuy☠ says:

    As a physicist it’s nice to see Alan support our effort to keep creationism out of science class rooms. Pity that he probably takes the pirates-GW thing a bit too serious.
    And for those doubtful about GW, please realise that burning fossil fuels not only releases CO2 but also things like SO2 and NOx. These are undesireable in just about anyones book, no controversies there (as far as I know). Cutting down on fossil fuel use makes sense, even if you don’t believe CO2 causes GW. And since reserves are limited it may also avoid conflict over dwindling resources. (end of preaching, we now return you to your normal program)

  2. Pacific Pam says:


  3. David says:

    In science, there are usually multiple competing theories on something before one wins out. At the moment we may be a bit of the underdog, but also showing how much backing we have from the scientific community as well as our graph, it is almost impossible to say we’re wrong. Meanwhile, there are multiple holes and uncertainties with other scientific models of global warming, most of which completely ignore pirates.

  4. tubby says:


    some people just don’t get it

  5. noodlelover says:

    Precicly dave, there is no evidence to suggest that global warming HASNT been caused by the decrease in pirate numbers. As a close minded individual who chooses to ignor all overwhelming scientific evidence and instead believe in the pirates theory which has no grounding in fact what so ever, i intend to do my bit for global warming by always wearing a pirate hat and possibly getting a pet parrot.

  6. Benny says:

    Creationism has been refused by 99% of the scientific community. GW so far does not have a unified decision on scope, causation, and future outlook. Basically the scientific communnity has not agreed yet on the issue. The truth is that both sides tend to exagerate the facts. Which menas that the anwer is somewhere in the middle.

    Is the world warming? Yes, but not at the rate some are saying.

    Is it man made? Yes and no. We are coming out of a recent mini-ice age, but at the same time chave contributed a large amount to warming.

    Is it the end of the world? No. The forecast of eco nuts is the end of human civilization…but really it will be more like a lifestyle change.

    WE NEED to stop it now? Not really. We can stop some things…but it just simply costs more money to reduce carbon than it takes to build some dikes in the future.

    We are to blame? Yes and no. We live in a living world that has gone through startling changes without any type of human intervention for millions of years. It is extremely arrogant to think that we have that large of an impact. The world will still be here long after we are all gone…

    I agree with bobby. Just like creationist idiots, there are too many scientists that enter this debate with a preset conclusion, and then try to find “facts” that support their conclusion. That is just bad science. And that is the hardest thing about issues that are this polarizing.

  7. Cap'n Ollie says:

    Do you think Alan knows what a question mark is.

  8. Logan the grog keeper says:

    hey guys, sorry i haven’t been around much (if u even remember me)

    Anyway… when did we start supporting Darwinian evolution???
    FSM made midgets then teh midgets turned into pirates and…
    People came from pirates, end of story.

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