Text Patterns - by Alan Jacobs

Monday, May 1, 2017

help wanted from thoughtful people

Suppose you’re a person who believes that anthropogenic climate change is very real and very, very bad news. Suppose further that you believe that portrayals of a future of chaotic weather and massively destructive rises in sea level — e.g., the portrayals we see in Kim Stanley Robinson’s recent novels — are not manifestations of apocalyptic alarmism but are sober, well-thought-out, plausible projections from the best current data. And suppose further that you read that Bret Stephens op-ed and think that it’s not only reasonable but self-evidently correct.

Where would such a person go to be taught, in calm, clear, and rational prose, why that last supposition is in conflict with the previous ones?


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