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Old 02-26-2012, 03:27 PM
badhatharry badhatharry is offline
 
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Default Re: More on Fakegate!

OK, my sister is still getting ready for her flight home so while I'm at it, I'll include a nice perspective from John Horgan. Lots of 'ifs'.

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But another philosopher my students and I are reading, the utilitarian John Stuart Mill, said that judging acts according to intentions is not enough. We also have to look at consequences. And if Gleick’s deception has any consequences, they will probably be harmful. His exposure of the Heartland Institute’s plans, far from convincing skeptics to reconsider their position, will probably just confirm their suspicions about environmentalists. Even if Gleick’s lie was morally right, it was strategically wrong.

I’ll give the last word to one of my students. The Gleick incident, he said, shows that the “debate” over global warming is not really a debate any more. It’s a war, and when people are waging war, they always lie for their cause.
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