This is a strange story:
Member of Parliament David Davies has warned of the stubborn nature of organisations like Britain’s Royal Society – the oldest grouping of eminent scientists in the world – who have admitted that they will not accept any other thinking on global warming for at least “fifty years”, even if the data shows otherwise.
Attending a speech on climate change in the House of Lords, the Welsh Tory MP spoke about on his surreal experience meeting two men from the Royal Society whom he said had been sent to persuade him and fellow climate realists Peter Lilley MP and John Redwood MP to embrace the idea of man-made climate change. He said that representatives from the Society – often lauded as the most eminent grouping of scientists, founded in the 1600s – told him that they would not change their mind for at least fifty years, regardless of the evidence.
Stubborn? Utterly dogmatic is more like it. They may as well have said, “We’re never going to change our minds.” After all, if anyone says that they won’t change their minds for 50 years, they’re effectively saying that they’re never going to change their minds.
It seems to me that these people have ceased to be scientists. Scientists have to be open to new thinking, because otherwise they’ll never have any new insights. And these people have just said that they’re no longer open to new thinking. Their minds are closed.
Why bother to listen to the Royal Society any more? Why consult them at all? Why fund them with taxpayers’ money?
I think that what has happened is that the dogmatists in the Royal Society have become more interested in a political goal than in doing science. They probably only got into science to use the prestige and standing of science as a political force. And what they’ll most likely end up doing is bringing science into disrepute.
And the pope is climbing on the bandwagon too:
Rich countries needed to re-examine their “throw-away” lifestyles, the pope said, in a document that is likely to upset the oil and gas industries, Republicans in the US and climate change sceptics.
That should make it all even more dogmatic. The Church doesn’t change its mind fro hundreds of years.