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PostSubject: Oops..Alarmist about global warming admits mistakes...   Mon Apr 23, 2012 4:33 pm

"I made a mistake"

James Lovelock, the maverick scientist who became a guru to the environmental movement with his “Gaia” theory of the Earth as a single organism, has admitted to being “alarmist” about climate change and says other environmental commentators, such as Al Gore, were too.

...the professor admitted in a telephone interview with msnbc.com that he now thinks he had been “extrapolating too far."
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PostSubject: Re: Oops..Alarmist about global warming admits mistakes...   Mon Apr 23, 2012 5:11 pm

...thereby proving that we better be really careful who and what we believe. Theories are not infallible and scientists, even if they have the very best of intentions, make mistakes.

That said...I shouldn't laugh at the poor man for having to eat crow knowing I've had to myself more than a few times, buuuut... Giggle
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PostSubject: Re: Oops..Alarmist about global warming admits mistakes...   Tue Apr 24, 2012 9:10 am

Yes, it is good he updated his statement to reflect the trends. Climate change is obvious, but the way he described it the first time was over the top. It is sad that some will use this statement as an opportunity to say he was all wrong and that isn't what he is saying. That's when way science works when done right. You adjust your hypotheses and predictions based on solid evidence and not opinions, and it looks as if he is doing that. Good for him.
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PostSubject: Re: Oops..Alarmist about global warming admits mistakes...   Tue Apr 24, 2012 10:01 am

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You adjust your hypotheses and predictions based on solid evidence and not opinions


That is the problem for 99% of 'predictions'. History shows that the earth cycles through warm and cool periods; affected by sun spots, volcano eruptions, earthquakes, mankind influences, and just natural unexplained variances. To pick out any one item will not give the whole picture.
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