Sam Powick

New Plymouth, New Zealand

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Sam Powick
Posted about 1 year ago
Global Warming - Real or faked?
I appreciate your opinion, however I would prefer it if you researched your comments before you post. The aim of this debate is of course to state opinions, but also to try and persuade the opposition, which of course will not happen by unwarranted personal attacks on climate critics unsupported by evidence. In response to your earlier comment: " who the hell cares what a politician thinks..." I would like to ask you what Al Gore's profession was before he became an expert on global warming.
194110
Sam Powick
Posted about 1 year ago
Global Warming - Real or faked?
I apologise, I was not very clear. What I was trying to say was that I did not want comments merely citing wikipedia as a basis for their arguments, as sometimes happens on TED. My source was not wikipedia, is was a conference I attended at which Christopher Monckton spoke. It seems that you are basing your analysis of him on the very source I was trying to avoid.
194110
Sam Powick
Posted about 1 year ago
Global Warming - Real or faked?
Thanks everybody for their comments! Now, as if the debate wasn't heated enough :) Has anyone heard of Christopher Monckton? He claims: - there has been no global warming for nearly two decades. - a doubling of CO2 in the atmosphere will cause a 1.5 degree celsius global increase - if global warming is real, the cost of adaptation to the increases will be 45 times less than the cost of forestalling it using measures currently in place He also says he intends to take the IPCC to court over data tampering. I am interested in what anyone has to say that hasn't already been said in the wikipedia page. Eg. has anyone seen any of his debates, read his papers or the papers rebutting them, etc? One more thing: Science is not based on consensus, it is based on theories that are supported by evidence.
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Sam Powick
Posted over 1 year ago
Does creationism indicate bad education? (If so how can we fix this, and should it be taught?) Does Creationism have any credibility to it?
I would be interested to know what percentage of Americans understand the science behind evolution. The most important premise behind any debate such as this one is that all questions must be honest. In other words, each participant must be prepared to change their views/back down if their questions are answered to their satisfaction. Personally, I think that it is more scientific to teach the widest scope of theories to do with the origin of the universe in schools as possible, as it is impossible to prove any one view. It is surely unscientific to limit teaching material to one view or interpretation of evidence. Thus, I would say that teaching creationism in schools is not a problem, (not that it is taught widely anyway), but it should be presented as a theory just as anything else on the topic of origins should be. To those other Christians engaging in heated debate, I would remind them that arguing about creationism is not the way to convince people to join their religion. Also, while Christianity is certainly not un-supported by historical and scientific evidence, it deals mostly in matters of the heart. Creationism should not become the central issue determining the credibility of our faith.