2011-09-15 09:19:11A rebuttal from Shakespeare ?


It struck me today that a passage from Shakespeare is a perfect rebuttal to the claim that solar variation and Milankovitch cycles are to blame for global warming - not humans.


This is the excellent foppery of the world, that,
when we are sick in fortune,--often the surfeit
of our own behavior,--we make guilty of our
disasters the sun, the moon, and the stars: as
if we were villains by necessity; fools by
heavenly compulsion; knaves, thieves, and
treachers, by spherical predominance; drunkards,
liars, and adulterers, by an enforced obedience of
planetary influence; and all that we are evil in,
by a divine thrusting on: an admirable evasion
of whoremaster man, to lay his goatish
disposition to the charge of a star!


King Lear: Scene II - Edmund.

2011-09-15 18:12:46



Nice prose, but you go too far. It is not UNREASONABLE that solar variation and Milankovitch cycles could be responsible for global warming; it just happens not to be true.

Remember Galileo's condemnation of Kepler:

"Among the great men who have philosophized about [the action of the tides], the one who surprised me most is Kepler. He was a person of independent genius, [but he] became interested in the action of the moon on the water, and in other occult phenomena, and similar childishness."

Kepler, in fact, did play around with many ideas that we would not give him a cup of coffee for nowadays. But he seems to have been right about the tides. So Galileo wrong-footed himself on this one.