Science and Technology
Global Warming Cools Down
In past issues of the newsletter I have pointed out that the Global
Warming question is more complicated than the headlines and news
reports make it seem. A story in the August 2004 issue of Scientific American
ďThe Darkening EarthĒ makes this point ever so clear. The article is
about the discovery that less sunlight is reaching the earth today than
reached it one hundred years ago with the biggest decrease being in the
last fifty years. At the very time when greenhouse gasses were
increasing, aerosols, tiny particles in the air, were also increasing.
In fact aerosols are believed to be the cause of the global cooling
that occurred between 1945 and 1975. Also a new study published in the
latest issue of Science has found that nearly half of the
excess carbon dioxide produced by humans over the last two centuries
has been absorbed by the ocean, removing it as an active greenhouse
gas. Although the oceanís absorbing excess carbon dioxide is good for
the atmosphere, it may end up damaging the oceanís animal life. As with
so much in this whole controversy, the exact result of any particular
action is very complex. For instance an increase in global temperature
could lead to an increase in atmospheric water vapor which could lead
to an increase in clouds that would then reflect more sunlight away
from the earth which would lead to a lowering of global temperatures.
Not so simple is it?
Questions like global warming are extremely complex. There can be dozens of major and thousands of minor contributing factors about how any global system will react. True science is slow in coming to any conclusions about what may really be happening. Those with political agendas, on both sides of the question, are much quicker in coming to their conclusions and are far less interested in facts than with making points to advance their cause. Unfortunately too much of the time the politically motivated are completely blind to their own biases.
How blind evolutionists can be to their own biases is seen in this quote from evolutionist physicist Lawrence Krauss of Case Western Reserve University, ďIím not against teaching faith-based ideas in religious classes; Iím just against teaching them as if they were science.Ē But the fundamental origins questions are beyond the scope of true science. True science requires that what it investigates be testable. In fact Lawrence Krauss himself realizes this, without realizing its implications, when he says, ďscience isnít fair. Itís testable. In science, we prove things by empirical methods, and we toss out things that have been disproved as wrong. Period. This is how we make progress.Ē He is, of course, quite correct. That is how true science works, but how is it possible to empirically test that the Big Bang occurred? Evolutionists claim it happened billions of years ago. How is it possible to test that life first arose thru purely naturalistic means out of dead chemicals? Yet, Lawrence Krauss has blind faith in both of these speculations. So much for his commitment to true science. But when it comes to evolution, faith trumps facts every time.
We Creationists believe the Biblical account of Creation, even though we werenít there to see it. The act of Creation is also beyond scientific testing, but science is not the only way to learn the truth about something. Eyewitness testimony is another way of finding out the facts of an event. The act of Creation was a singular event in the past, it is beyond testing, but God was there and He told us what He did. There is another significant difference between evolutionists and us. Evolutionists believe in blind chance, Creationists believe in an Intelligent Designer. When blind chance is tested, it brings about none of the ordered complexity we see in the world around us. From blind chance you get only chaos, but from an intelligent designer, you get intelligent designs, what we see in the Godís created world. The Intelligent Designer, God, tells us throughout the Bible to test His claims and has given us numerous ways by which to test His words. Godís credibility is there for anyone who wishes to see it.