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Evidence and Proof
John

Never in the history of humanity have we had so much evidence on almost every subject as we have today. A couple of finger taps on our mobile phones brings a whole world of information and evidence in milliseconds. Conversely, never have we had such flimsy regard for the importance of real evidence to decide proof. Why worry about proof when you’ve got opinion. Sounds right; must be right. It’s a common saying that “everyone is entitled to their opinion”. That’s true of course, but only when you keep it to yourself. An opinion based on ignorance and wishful thinking can be a dangerous thing. We have seen in recent times how ignorant opinion has morphed into belief and created such dangerous effects as the anti vaxers who ignore the overwhelming medical and scientific evidence to put not just their own children’s lives at risk, but also the lives of other children. Now we have such laughably silly idea as the one that says face masks are mind control devices. Of course it’s not really laughable, people are dying because of other peoples’ refusal to wear masks. That dangerous nonsense is nobody’s right to share. Climate change is another big subject for the true unbelievers. For some it is just the slow rate of change, the frog in the saucepan principle, that feeds their clinging to disbelief. This is compounded by self interest for those in the fossil fuel industry and the fanatical fans of radio and television shock jocks who bandy ignorance about like lollies for children. Such people do not need real evidence, they have certainty instead. Still others are driven by fear of a dangerous future they cannot conrol. Much more comforting to sit back in the warm comfort of their ignorance. This is one field we cannot ignore.. The change is here and now, creeping forward with the slow certainty of a glacier, the change not obvious but unstoppable nonetheless. It’s never too late of course, we have the support of science, the knowledge of evidence, the native intelligence of our species... and very little time. Covid-19 will eventually subside, beaten by evidence based science, we desperately need the same and more to limit the menace of global warming

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