HYSTERIA IN THE MEDIA
The Atlantic Monthly has been posting numerous on-line articles trying to whip up frenzy over the supposed approaching global warming calamity. Someone there must be a true believer. The most hysterical article of them all is this one, by Rebecca J. Rosen, speaking about “Orders of Magnitude.”
They say the climate is set to change “orders of magnitude” faster than at any time in the past 65 million years.
Think about that for a minute. It’s absurd on the face of it. As the article admits, recorded temperatures go back a mere 130 years—a blink of an eyelash compared to the planet’s timeline. To say “the hottest years on record’’—a questionable assertion anyway—means nothing from this perspective. It’s like extrapolating an entire baseball season—or ten seasons, or 100—from two games against the Phillies in July.
What we have is an “order of magnitude” all right. A variation of “The Big Lie.” Say something outrageous enough, and it’s too exaggerated not to be believed. At least by the perpetually gullible—the well-trained intelligentsia in this country.
The Atlantic article shows three things.
1.) The narcissism, hubris, and self-centeredness of today’s intellectual class. The planet will undergo the worst cataclysm in its 65 million-year history in our lifetime(!), and what’s more, we will cause it!
2.) The dependence on consensus. Today’s intellectuals are trained to follow the consensus. They’re unable to think for themselves. What’s the consensus? Which way is the wind blowing? They need to know. (Also known as “Bureaucratic Necessities.”)
3.) The Atlantic has turned into a mere propaganda sheet.