The Ecology of Stupid
by Ben Pile on Monday, May 9, 2011
The Guardian has a revealing editorial today, which makes the claim that
Biodiversity: It’s the ecology, stupid
At every level, human civilisation is underwritten by the planet’s countless and still mostly unidentified wild things
As discussed in the previous post, the idea that civilisation is underwritten in this way is a secular revision of Divine Providence. Environmentalism’s politics is forged by this view of nature with an equally bleak conception of human nature — equally a contemporary, secular account of original sin. The logic of these conceptions of the natural world and humanity lead to environmentalism’s tendency to produce political ideas that resonate with the worst from the Dark Ages. (Climate Resistance)
Robert Matthews: The More Famous The Expert, The Worse His Predictions
Sunday, 08 May 2011 10:13 Robert Matthews, The National
If we can’t trust the pundits foisted on us by the media, whom can we trust? We should look for experts who do not start from the assumption that some Big Idea is correct.
As predictions go, it was truly disturbing – made all the more so by the authority of the source.
Pinned to the front page of this blog all last week was the invitation for GE to show their data demonstrating the equivalent safety of appliance cabinets containing cyclopentane foam and those containing non-flammable blowing agents. They could have used fire statistics from Europe since they use the European experience with such appliances as justification or, if they actually wanted to inspire consumer confidence, independent lab testing results which objectively quantify fire safety of similar appliance cabinets with different foam blowing agents.
Despite initially responding in one day GE have chosen not to defend the fire safety of their highly flammable and explosive cyclopentane-filled “anti-global warming” appliances.
Here’s the background although I’m sure readers will recall this item, where I stated: