Lack of Environment

A blog on the politics and psychology underlying the denial of all our environmental problems

The problem with inverting reality

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OK, so people on both sides of the climate change “debate” claim the other party is deluded.

How can all those people sitting on the fence know who is right?

Well, perhaps the undecided should trust their senses a little more…

If they tend to smell something fishy when they look up in the sky; and see flights of fantasy being taken when they get beneath the surface, I think it should be clear what the situation is…

Generally-speaking, grass tends to grow beneath your feet; rather than above your head (as it seems to be here =>)!

For those of you who were not following this blog 4 months ago, you may enjoy reading this: High profile scientist resigns over climate change (29 September 2011) – it’s one of my all-time favourite posts.

For those who need more convincing, consider this litany of reality inversions from the last 100 years:

Heroin addiction is socially acceptable.
Smoking cigarettes is sophisticated.
The Titanic is unsinkable.
The War will be over by Christmas.
Things can only get better.
Hitler is not dangerous.
Smoking is not harmful.
Organic pesticides are more effective than natural predators.
You’ve never had it so good.
Organic pesticides are safe.
Population growth is not a problem.
Famine and starvation are a thing of the past.
Limits to growth do not exist.
Mutually assured destruction is a sensible military strategy.
Smoking does not cause cancer.
The hole in the ozone layer is not there.
CFCs aren’t causing the hole in the ozone layer.
Acid rain does not exist.
We are not causing acid rain.
We can’t afford to prevent acid rain.
Humanity is too insignificant to affect our climate.
The climate will not change faster than we can adapt to it.
The climate is not changing.
Passive smoking is not dangerous.
We are not causing the climate to change.
We cannot afford to prevent climate change.
Climate change has stopped.

Although sure it will not be 21 December 2012, I do wonder where or when it will all end.

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  1. [...] me where I have gone wrong. However, in his long-winded and disparaging response – full of reality inversions and obfuscations – he did not address any of my factual criticism of either him; his absence [...]

  2. [...] not convinced? Just look at this wonderful piece of reality inversion regarding ultra-Conservative (Mormon) Professor of Geological Sciences, Barry Bickmore, from a [...]

  3. [...] on the “unproven” science is hurting the poorest in society.  Sadly, this is yet more reality inversion – what is now hurting the poor the most is the consequence of decades of denial orchestrated by [...]

  4. […] The problem with inverting reality (31 January 2012). […]


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