Those few who read my posts on Facebook or read my Blog probably know my disdain for the so-called “scientific consensus.” Well, actually, it’s not so much the scientific consensus itself as the way academia and politicians weaponize it to seize power and people’s money regardless of its truth that irritates me.
I have cited numerous instances in which academics and politicians have crushed those, commonly called “deniers” today, who try to expose false consensus. But there are also instances where the scientific consensus is not weaponized, but is useful to know about because they reveal the extent to which scientists have feet of clay – i.e., how dumb they can be.
Case in point. In the 1960s a Russian climatologist named Budyko published a theory that if the earth ever became completely covered in ice it would remain that way forever. The theory made a lot of sense. That is, until field researchers uncovered evidence that the earth had become a “snowball;” probably more than once. As scientists examined ice cores taken from Greenland and Antarctica, sediment cores from the ocean floor and other sources, the snowball theory melted to “slush.” And the number one candidate for the cause of snowballing the earth – volcanic eruptions. And the number one candidate for the melting of the snowball – volcanic eruptions. Ain’t life grand!