I'm not sure how many of you have the patience to read the entire article but it is really quite interesting.
Heretical Thoughts about Science and Society by the Princeton physicist Freemon Dyson.
Long-time ShaMao aficionados (LOL!) will know that the ShaMao has been on the fence on the question of man made global warming for some time now. Alot of recent news I have been reading as well as articles such as the one above are starting to really push me off the fence into the skeptic category.
Here's the first paragraph from the long article I linked to:
In the modern world, science and society often interact in a perverse way. We live in a technological society, and technology causes political problems. The politicians and the public expect science to provide answers to the problems. Scientific experts are paid and encouraged to provide answers. The public does not have much use for a scientist who says, “Sorry, but we don’t know”. The public prefers to listen to scientists who give confident answers to questions and make confident predictions of what will happen as a result of human activities. So it happens that the experts who talk publicly about politically contentious questions tend to speak more clearly than they think. They make confident predictions about the future, and end up believing their own predictions. Their predictions become dogmas which they do not question. The public is led to believe that the fashionable scientific dogmas are true, and it may sometimes happen that they are wrong.