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Comment to Jo Nova

Jo, given the number of comments on your site I won’t comment there, I’ll comment here instead.

Having turned off the television on disgust after spending no more than five minutes watching George Pell demonstrate to Richard Dawkins that he had no idea of the basics of Darwinian theory, and watching Professor Dawkins demonstrate equal ignorance of Christian theology to Cardinal Pell, I had low hopes of Q&A last night.

I didn’t watch I Can Change Your Mind, because I had no expectation of an informed discussion, just lightweight surface skimming. Your opinion piece confirms that expectation.

I switched off the following linked Q&A, again after five minutes, because I saw no one putting forward or talking science, all the science, rather than just talking around variations of something usually called ‘The Science’. Frankly, I found the little I did watch embarrassing and trite. I may be being unfair on what came later, but why would I keep watching in hope when I had none?

I’m sorry I missed seeing your bit, but really, did you expect them to treat you seriously? The treatment of James Delingpole by Sir Paul Nurse, scientist turned political activist, provides a template of what all rationalists and sceptics should expect. For the time being at least.

It may very well be the case that we are starting to prevail in the scientific argument, but programs like this show we still have a long way to go before we win the politics. What saddens me is that even after we do, none of these people will be called to account for the deaths and waste they are engendering.

Update:   For the rest of you, James watched the whole thing; he must have a stronger stomach than do I.

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  2. RAB says:

    Given that most of us are not able to view the programme to make and evaluation, it’s hard to make a comment. But I found this…

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/apr/26/climate-change-sceptics-australian-tv-show

    So full of lies it is unbelievable! What is basically argues is that they can’t be bothered to do the science (tell the truth with accurate data) anymore, they will just moan and find new ways to subvert the wishes of those (50%) who don’t believe their hysterical non data backed claims. And that’s Politics, not Science.

  3. CountingCats says:

    Cause you can watch it. Just follow the links.

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