One of the reasons I am Catholic is because I’ve convinced myself through the art of reason that it is the truth. It was not good enough for me to have simply been raised Catholic, or for it to be a convenient fit in one way or another. This salvation stuff is serious business – I want to be sure that I am pursuing truth, otherwise what’s the point?
When I started blogging, I started with a site called “Digital Diatribes of a Random Idiot.” Little did I know at the time that I would start to embark on a serious effort to figure out what was true and what was not true about global warming. The science interested me, but more than that I wanted to know what was true, because truth matters.
As it turned out, I started a series of pretty honest posts about my findings, whether I liked the answer or not, and quite frankly my analysis seemed a breath of fresh air to many. I soon had a following in that community of like-minded interested people in the subject. I even inspired another person to start a blog which would go on to provide much more rigorous and detailed analysis, and be a very popular blog in that community.
All of this was nice, but quite honestly I just wanted to share some interesting things and move on. But I suddenly felt a bit obligated, and even trapped, by it. So I kept at it for quite a while but eventually decided I wanted to move on. Since that day, my blogging is casual and is at my discretion. I now focus solely on Catholic Diatribes.
But as a Catholic – meaning Universal – I don’t want to limit myself to only Catholic topics. Our faith should light our approach forward into all realms and topics.
Just because I want to, I am reposting something I revisited recently from years ago. Why? Really, just because I want to. But secondly, because truth matters. I have found the insights in some of my past articles very illuminating on a larger scale – meaning that it is worth fighting against disinformation anywhere it forms, because it is often followed by an agenda, and usually not a good one. In the climate change arena, population control, pro-abortion policies, one-child policies, etc. are all derivatives in one way or another from environmental concerns. Truth is worth it.
I present the first article from a paper that is, admittedly, pretty difficult. But I still find it very intriguing:
I have become recently fascinated by some papers I have run across recently that really help me understand solar cycles and the impacts on climate. However, I am a simple guy. Yes, I am a math guy and a science guy, but quite honestly, despite all my education and years in those fields, I’ve never reached the point where I prefer formulas over lay terminology. And as I read the papers themselves and synopsises thereof, I am left with a feeling that this important topic is being left behind by the normal human being in the debate. What I want to do is give a very thorough review and understanding of it that accomplishes two purposes: the thoroughness allows the reader to actually understand the scientific mumbo-jumbo. Because a non-scientist will not understand what is being said in 10 words, I will use 100 words. But in the end, hopefully, the reader will be able to intelligently give a short, layman’s explanation that hits the salient points, and is factually accurate.
I am going to try to do something here that I may regret. I have become very interested in papers written and researched by Dr. Theodor Landscheidt. But I am not a scientist, and neither are most of us. The concepts, however, are vitally important in the debate regarding global warming and whether or not it is driven by solar activity. Read the rest of this entry