Wednesday, June 11, 2014

It Is Not Settled

Again. Science. Is. Never. Settled. Science is not a gods damned religion. Nor is science a system of indisputable facts, nor is it a list of imperial decrees delivered ex cathedra from the ivory towers of academia. Science is an attitude. It is a mindset. A perpetual way of looking at the universe of a sense of wonder, and an irrepressible hunger to learn More and MORE. Never satisfied, always questioning. When something becomes settled it isn't science any more. It doesn't even deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as science. When something is settled, it becomes an article of faith.

Scientists at the University of Texas, the real kind of scientist, you know, the ones who work with numbers, have just discovered that there is serious volcanic activity underneath the west end of Antarctica. Apparently, this is having a significant effect on the rate of melting.

Researchers Find Major West Antarctic Glacier Melting from Geothermal Sources

"...geothermal heat contributed significantly to melting of the underside of the glacier, and it might be a key factor in allowing the ice sheet to slide, affecting the ice sheet’s stability and its contribution to future sea level rise..."

"The science on climate change is settled. Humans are responsible for everything. Anyone who thinks otherwise is a 'Denier'."
-Uncountable numbers of talking heads.

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