honestly, i have no idea what to suppose about this issue of climate change. are we a significant contributor? is it cyclical? i've seen graphs showing that carbon levels cause global warming, and then i've been shown that the warming actually precedes the carbon rises.
climate change skepticism is said to be evil, though in other areas my skepticism is encouraged. who can i trust? who should i believe about climate change? al gore? john stossel? give me a break! somebody just tell the damn truth!
and now we have "climategate." is it a scandal because skeptics were silenced, or because we were lied to? i've been finally reading The Cosmos, and this jumped out at me:
Science is generated by and devoted to free inquiry: the idea that any hypothesis, no matter how strange, deserves to be considered on its merits. the suppression of uncomfortable ideas may be common in religion and politics, but it is not the path to knowledge; it has no place in the endeavor of science. We do not know in advance who will discover fundamental new insights.
i wish i had the funds to devote to an endless life of studies in all the scientific fields, and the mind to absorb it all. i think i could attempt it with my current mind, but not my current wallet. if only, i'd find the truth myself.