A passionate debate can bring benefits
Q: Given the furor surrounding the pirated e-mails coming out of the University of East Anglia, what's the real takeaway lesson? Does it say more about the way renowned climate scientists work, or how climate skeptics have operated in shaping the public debate over global warming?
Passion is a good thing when it drives people to work hard and overcome obstacles. Passion is a bad thing when it causes you to close your mind to other points of view, no matter how strongly you disagree with them.
There are plenty of both kinds of passion on each side of the climate debate. We just happen to be seeing one side's e-mails in this instance.
My hope is we never get to a point in a scientific debate where there isn't a place for the "other side." History is full of instances where we were absolutely sure of something only to find out the opposite was true.
Those who hold an opposing point of view may cause us puzzlement, anger and frustration. But, they also can inspire us, energize us and cause to us to keep asking questions. We just can't let our passion blind us to those benefits.
Posted by: waterguruguy | November 24, 2009 6:00 PM
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