“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

Friday, May 22, 2015

97% Agreement Is "Convoluted"

Jeb Bush holds those waveringly ambiguous interpretations of the data to account!

I think perhaps the same thought occurs to many Porsche drivers in Houston at a stop sign. Whether or not they should stop since it's my turn to proceed is..."convoluted."

"Well, officer, I t-boned him because I wasn't 100% sure it wasn't my turn. I mean it's pretty convoluted you know? And I do drive a Porsche."

Then he says something true (sorry this is not the Huffington Post beautiful soul rag): it is intellectual arrogance not to have a conversation (with deniers) about global warming.

Want to shoot me now? You just proved my point.

I can't stand those moments when the scientism comes out and the wonderfully Humean statistical speech comes to an end. Game over, because you just re-started the conversation in religion space.

They should put Björk and me in charge of those press conferences. We will wear animal ears and not pound the table.

Of course Jeb Bush is playing rhetorical bait and switch by jumping from "convoluted" to "arrogance." It's like wiping your soup bowl with a bit of bread. The first wipe gets the less intense opponents of doing anything at all about the 6th mass extinction event. The second wipe gets the more intense ones.

Or, if you're a proponent of helping nonhumans, it's like being punched in the face after sticking around with the guy who is going "I'm just so confused, I mean I think it looks like you're ripping me off."

Sloppy and berserk: hey that sounds like a cop show.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's about remaining patient in the face of it all & speaking one's piece with patience. You are as ever illuminating here.
the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.
"you can find bargains if you have the patience to sift through the dross"
synonyms: forbearance, tolerance, restraint, self-restraint, stoicism; More...