Yanis Varoufakis | Green New Deal for Europe
Comment: 59 days ago
Please stop, you're giving academia a bad name. Even your latest response alone is full of inaccuracies.
"I hope that's a fair summation of your current position". I'm surprised he agreed. You deviously left out the alternative factor that he has been explaining - very sneaky." I didn't deviously do anything. I summed up his position in a concise easy-to-understand sentence - "so you think global warming is partly caused by human activity, and partly "the act of coming out of our ice age" - 3 times! Was that not enough?
"So yes, *coming out* of the ice age is his theory to account for a significant part of global warming." That's not accurate. He did not say it was a SIGNIFICANT part of global warming.
I said: "so you agree human activity is warming the climate, you just don't think it's by very much."
He said: "I didn’t say it’s not much. I said we aren’t 100% responsible and I don’t know how much humans are responsible and neither does anyone else."
"And actually, whichever premise(s) you think he was checking, the fact is it was a premise (and critical at that), so not word-games, and not a distraction technique. It was you who used it as such, presumably because you find his actual argument harder to challenge."
You presume wrong. His argument was not hard to challenge. I did - in a long detailed post about a quarter the way down the page: "But I’m referring to the cooling that started during the Eocene era ... it's not going to correlate because other things that also affect the temperature are missing." But he hasn't responded - because you came along.
"Please, next time you lock horns with him, listen. Don't just look for ways of slowing the argument until it stalls." I was not trying to slow the argument until it stalls. I was trying to narrow it down to a single point of discussion. And we almost got there - then you came along.
FYI, my "single point of discussion" was not an excuse meme. This is it: Over a 30 year period, how much global warming could we expect from ice age cycles that span over thousands and millions of years. If the answer is pretty much zero, then human activity is responsible for pretty much all of global warming - according to what Guest1-9 believes.
Oh, and please don't play at psychology. You're rubbish at that as well.