augjohnson wrote:On Cooling, I think that John Michael Greer spoke quite eloquently to in his post of June, 2014. The scientists themselves have created their own problem. I myself remember the pronouncements that people like Kaiser Jeep and others remember. However, I also understand how science works, as new data and the like are found, incorrect ideas are changed. This is something that is not well communicated to the general public. Just because there once was a widely written about idea that there was a "Luminiferous Æther", that Light, radio waves and the like traveled in, that doesn't mean that that idea is still valid.
http://thearchdruidreport.blogspot.com/2014/06/the-stories-of-our-grandchildren.htmlThat said, there were a few jarring moments, and one of them happened in the interval between my talk on dark ages and Dr. Mark Cochrane’s excellent presentation on the realities of climate change. In the Q&A session after my talk, in response to a question from the audience, I noted how the prestige of science among the general public had taken a beating due to the way that scientific opinions handed down to the public as proven fact so often get retracted after a decade or so, a habit that has caused many people outside the scientific community to treat all scientific pronouncements with skepticism. I cited several examples of this, and one of them was the way that popular works on climate science in the 1970s and 1980s routinely claimed that the world was on the brink of a new ice age.
Mention the existence of those claims nowadays and you’ll inevitably get denounced as a climate denialist.
Well the blog you quote (which is usually better than that) says that people listen to reporters rather than scientists and then blame the scientists for the mangled story. And you might "remember what scientists said" except were you really reading scientific papers as a child or was it just Parade magazine in the Sunday papers? Got vivid memories of how scientists said these things? No, no you don't. You might think you do, and it probably starts to seem awfully real after you all tell each other that your remember the same thing, which is itself something you read on right wing blog or something, which adds yet another layer of fantasy.