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Palin on global warming last night

Posted by Mike on October 3, 2008

I’m not one to attribute every man … activity of man to the changes in the climate. There is something to be said also for man’s activities, but also for the cyclical temperature changes on our planet.

The thing I’ve never really understood (well beyond the general incoherency) about the cyclical argument is that it’s one that describes changes in temperature over long periods of time. That is, way longer than the 6000 years generally credited as the age creationists (including Palin) believe the earth is. It’s like using a fundamental evolutionary topic to defend policies influenced by creationism. Anyway this was the part of the debate where I almost knew what would be said before it was said, with Biden’s answer that one can’t fix a problem unless you’re sure what’s causing it being a dominant theme among liberal pundits of late and an example where simple, concise logic is being ignored for a talking point.

Anyway, Biden was masterful last night, at his very best, and actually Palin met my expectations in that I couldn’t imagine any politician not knowing how to “survive” on stage. But there was one speaker with substance and one with memorized talking points and “maverick” distractions.  To my mind there’s a real difference between how the right and left view an answer. The right seems to want a quick answer that seems decisive, which means anything over about 10 seconds is seen as waffling. The left wants to bring specifics and statistics to the table, very few of which go over well in a debate format. So there’s really no listening at all because the complexity of a gray issue just can’t ever fit into the black and white dialectic. “If you’re not for us, you’re against us,” “A slave can only have one master,” etc etc. This is generally what is referred to as the Manichaean worldview, duality lacking the resolution of unity, as if half of the universe gets chucked in a rubbish bin at the end of all things.

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