cite as: F. Bi. 2008. An e-mail to Roy Green. Intl. J. Inact., 1:136–137
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An e-mail I sent (with mistakes and all) to Roy Green, in response to his hosting of the debate on global warming between climate activist Littlemore and inactivist Monckton, and his remarks yesterday on the debate:
Dear Mr. Roy Green,
I am an international listener on your Roy Green Show, and a private blogger at “the International Journal of Inactivism”
(http://frankbi.wordpress.com/). I refer to the debate on climate change between Richard Littlemore and Christopher Monckton which you hosted last Sunday, and your opening response to the debate this Saturday.
I also take issue with the manner of your “refereeing” of last week’s debate, in which you repeatedly questioned Littlemore’s points, while uncritically accepting Viscount Monckton’s claims. While I have no problem with reasoned queries on Littlemore’s words, I would have thought that true skepticism means to question claims made by _both_ sides of a debate!
Next, I must disagree with the claim that “The debate can never be over, because if the debate is over, then knowledge ends.” If this is true, then since Galileo’s heliocentrism and Einstein’s Theory of Relativity (which, incidentally, is “just a theory”) are no longer faced with any significant reasoned debate, it therefore means these theories signify the “end” of knowledge, which is a bad thing?
(In addition, assessing the state of “knowledge” by the mere presence of dissenters (mindless or not) will be a tacit admission that science _is_ determined by consensus. Which is absurd.)
Finally, by this e-mail I would like to provide an exception to your claim that “100% of e-mails disagreed with the IPCC” — I hope you will acknowledge and address this on your next show.
Thank you for your attention, and I eagerly await your response on the show.
— Frank Bi (alias),
Update 2008-08-24: Green has replied!
Thank you for your note. Cheers,
Another update 2008-08-24: Well, Green’s decided to talk about other things — at least for the first hour of today’s show. The ‘debate’ isn’t over except when it is!