Matt Ridley (WSJ, Â which explains a lot from the Â outset) cover story in the most recent WIRED: Apocalypse NOT.
He says “Get a grip”. Â HE needs to do that, Â since his entire article is spent talking about previous apocalyptic warnings that didn’t come to pass. Â But then on the climate change issue, Â where everyone that’s worried say that time is running out, Â Ridley lists several inane arguments about how “many are saying” Â (and he doesn’t quote scientists, Â and includes ZERO of the ACTUAL signs that back up the DATA being given to us BY SCIENTISTS Â — and THEY do in fact, Â HAVE DATA, Â which he conveniently ignores in favor of all his “hey, Â it’s going to be Â fine. Â Chill.” Â Pure baloney.
To proceed on cumulative courses with the argument that “we’ve always worked it out Â somehow” Â is dangerous, Â deluded thinking. Â The very nature of cumulative effects is that they get worse (which they are), Â and they are denied by those who have interest in doing the things which are adding up to cause Â the damage that is being done. Â (Think “Noah’s contemporaries” and their derisive reactions to his warnings). Â The argument Ridley makes is nonsensical in logical terms. Â He argues “it’s never come to pass BEFORE” against warnings that aren’t addressing what has PREVIOUSLY HAPPENED. Â Their warnings detail they way we are eroding the ecosystem, Â which DOES have data to back it up, Â and DOES HAVE SCIENCE regarding the LIMITATIONS (and data regarding the effects Â of those limitations already in evidence).
I frankly don’t even know what this kind Â of article has to do with the kinds of stories WIRED covers. Â I suppose it was simply one of those pseudoscience articles they figured would be of interest to the more conservative ideological readers. Â Â Flimsy. Â Actually, Â the subtitle of the article is backwards:
Hereâ€™s Why You Shouldnâ€™t Worry About End Times
No, Â this kind of thinking is exactly why you should.