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Posted by AHD on Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Posted by Jim Spence
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It was Ostwalt’s observation that romantics tend to be more filled with enthusiasm. He said they fully embrace a wider range of ideas. And one of the most notable tendencies of scientists who exhibit romantic leanings is their need to develop disciples. For these reasons and a few others Ostwalt said romantics within the scientific community tend to become generalists and migrate towards teaching positions. They are the larger of the two philosophical camps.
One of the defining aspects of all dedicated scientists, regardless of their philosophical leanings, is their agreement on how any scientific “theory” becomes transformed into accepted scientific “fact.” Regardless of a scientist’s inclination towards either a romantic or classicist approach, until a prediction postulated by a theory is confirmed through a strict empirical verification process, it will always remain a theory. Feur cited the case of Albert Einstein as perfect example. Einstein was particularly reluctant to declare his theory of General Relativity to be scientific fact until after Sir Arthur Eddington’s 1919 solar eclipse expedition provided irrefutable empirical verification of the predictions postulated as part of his “theory.”
A reading of Einstein and the Generations of Science helps put the raging debate around the current scientific theory of man-caused global warming into proper context, particularly on a philosophical level. Modern day scientific romantics were the very first to embrace the theory of man-caused global warming. Given the marvels of academic teaching freedom and a few decades of indoctrinating students, the romantics have now created a virtual army of disciples embracing man-caused global warming theory.
Unfortunately for 21st Century scientific romantics, the predictability of man-caused global warming failed to materialize. Previously unable to prove that the gradual global temperature warming trend was man-caused, now for more than a decade, the actual trend of global temperatures has actually flattened if not reversed.
Ever resourceful when short on scientific verification of predictability, the romantics have simply adapted their theory. Man-Caused “Climate Change” has replaced “warming.” While retaining CO-2 as the enemy (fossil fuels), this rebranding is a bold marketing stroke in that it allows for a much more generalized version of the original theory. Climate change is so brilliantly vague it is not reliant on scientific verification.
With this clever new approach the romantics hope they can continue to gather additional disciples, particularly within the non-scientific elements of society that control grant purse strings.
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Posted by Jim Spence