“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Analogies for the Relation of Weather to Global Warming

There are no subway stations in New York that are not part of the New York subway system.

There are no notes in Beethoven's 9th Symphony that are not parts of Beethoven's 9th Symphony.

There are no matches in this matchbox that are not in this matchbox.

There are no cars at this traffic stop that are not part of the traffic patterns in this city.

There are no blades of grass in meadows that are not in meadows. 

Because this plane is accelerating, it is now going at 200mph, whereas a few seconds ago, it was going at 50mph.

There are no raindrops that are not part of rain showers.

The dessert I have just eaten was part of my meal.

The soldier died in the war.

All BBC shows are found on the BBC channel.

There are no lifeforms that are not products of evolution. 

There are no soundwaves in Beethoven's Ninth that are not produced by instruments playing notes in Beethoven's Ninth.  

Big Macs are made by McDonalds.

The sentences in this blog post are all examples of analogies about the relation of weather to global warming, including this one. 

This newspaper article wondering whether the Frankenstorm is caused by global warming is caused by global warming denial.

As it hurtles towards me, I find that there is a direct correlation between the movements this car makes and the driver's stepping on the gas and turning the wheel to ensure I am in its path. There is now no need to keep on finding the correlation, or proving that this particular swerve is part of the car's overall momentum. The best thing I can do with my time is get out of the freaking way.

Do bears shit in the woods?

Is the Pope Catholic?

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