Originally Posted by elkhaven
still dropping up here!!
as far as climate change discussions - I have about as much use for them as I do similar discussions on religion, debating the merits of premarital sex with my girl friends dad and pouring my beer out on warm rocks to see if it fizzes.
Indeed. I oscillate between not engaging and trying different tactics. I admire how my professional friends handle it in educational environments but they have months to interact with students and get to know their influences personally.
From a science standpoint I will fully admit I become more engaged when a statement is made and is empirically untenable, at least in my field of study of biology. I don't have the literacy and/or interest in the broader climate sciences to debate the nuances needed for a meaningful conversation.
Obviously my strategy this time failed if the goal was to change any users' perspective on biology and the scientific communities consensus on the negative affects to biodiversity. At a minimum though I find it important to call out the fallacies and strategies that are detrimental to meaningful scientific discourse. There is too much research that demonstrates the problems associated with the spread of misinformation for me not call out comments that are not done in good faith. It may not be the intent of others to spread misinformation but the affect is the same.
So it goes. For the last two days I got some quality time in exploring the peer-reviewed science that has happened since I worked in the field and was exposed to during my studies. Thats always beneficial.