Thursday, January 11, 2007

More Analogies We Wish We'd Thought of

There is a very broad consensus in the scientific community that global warming is under way. To the extent that there are conflicting views, they are usually over how exactly the process will play out ... To focus on the degree of disagreement rather on the degree of consensus, is, I think, fundamentally misguided. If ten people told you your house was on fire, you would call the fire department. You wouldn't really care whether some of them thought that the place would be incinerated in an hour and some of them thought it would take a whole day.

-- Q. & A., "A Planetary Problem," The New Yorker online, interview with Elizabeth Kolbert.

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