Skepticism is the first step toward truth

When something becomes a truth it is no longer subject to question or inspection. When people are afraid that their truths are weak, the defend them by persecution of the suspected heretic. David Deming described a case in commentary at the Washington Times a while back: Inhofe correct on warming.

Around 1996, I became aware of how corrupt and ideologically driven current climate research can be. A major researcher working on climate change confided in me that the factual record needed to be altered so people would become alarmed over global warming. He said, “We have to get rid of the Medieval Warm Period.”

For those who are looking for what is most likely true, a good start is to look at the behavior in the debate. Is the goal to prove something or to learn something? Is the approach to attack the opponents or is it to reveal a reality? Does the end justify the means or qualify the outcome?

Sen. Inhofe is not only correct in his view on global warming, but courageous to insist on truth, objectivity and sound science. Truth in science doesn’t depend on human consensus or political correctness. The fact that the majority of journalists and pundits bray like sheep is meaningless. Galileo, another “social dinosaur,” said, “The crowd of fools who know nothing is infinite.”

The integrity probably belongs to the person who wants to know the accuracy and precision of the measure and the placement of conclusions in a proper perspective. It does not belong to those who seek to hide these things.

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