Site News - 11/22 Member of the Year Voting
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2007 22:07:11 -0000
From: Gary Fritz <>
Subject: Re: Octane ratings.....what's the truth?

Dave Hinz <> wrote: > I never "claimed" anything, I'm asking for evidence to show me I should > believe this batch of idiots rather than the previous batch. One batch of idiots a while back claimed the earth was flat, so I saw no reason to believe the next batch who said it was round. Then there was the batch who claimed the sun orbited the earth, so obviously it made no sense to pay attention to the batch who said it didn't... That's a pretty intellectually bankrupt position, Dave. Just because one theory is proved wrong doesn't mean all future theories are wrong. New data and new understanding give better insights into the workings of very complex systems. Do we have the ultimate understanding now? Of course not, and we're very unlikely to anytime soon. But we think we have a good handle on what's happening, and a significant number of experts believe there is cause to get very worried. (No, I'm not talking about Gore, who is just a motivated publicist. I'm talking about the scientists doing the work. And no, I'm not offering to do your research for you, since you'd probably reject it anyway.) Many of the things that would make sense to do if global warming IS real, also make sense if you're starting to run short on energy supplies and starting to overpopulate your planet. Which, surprise, we are. So even if it turns out global warming was a false alarm, reducing our energy usage and pollution footprint is a smart thing to do anyway.

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