Desire, Delusion and Projection

I got a comment on yesterday’s post that took me down a new line of thought relative to whether these global warming folks are outright lying, or just indulging in massive wishful thinking. At least as regards to whether the planet really is warming up and man is actually the cause. Though Rush Limbaugh maintains they are indeed lying, and I wouldn’t rule it out, I can’t help but wonder if desire, delusion and projection might be another way to evaluate their viewpoint/actions.

I’ve mentioned before being at the World Science Fiction convention years ago and listening to a panel of scientists express agreement that sometimes one’s hypothesis can overshadow the data. “You know in your gut your hypothesis correct,” one woman said. “You just know. And thus your job is to figure out how to make the data show it.”

Confirmation bias, anyone?

As I’ve also mentioned before, I’ve encountered that same viewpoint repeatedly ever since. I’ve even quoted from some prominent atheists/scientists to the effect that science by definition excludes God. They begin from the standpoint that God should not even be able to get his foot in the door because that would destroy the “science ” of the scientific method. I can see justification for the viewpoint in a way: if whenever you don’t understand how something works you just say God’s making it happen that way and leave it, you’re not going to learn very much about the world around you on any kind of deeper level. Such an approach operates from the premise that there is no logic, no sequence, no underlying order in what’s happening, nothing to be learned about God from the created world.

When the truth is the exact opposite. Romans 1:20 says that “His invisible attributes, eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made…” Science, then, is really just another way of finding God. Looking carefully at the natural world, you see the logic, the sequence, the building of one element upon another to produce a whole, the incredible precision and specificity of it all. None of which you’d see if you could never get past the, “God did it so we can’t figure it out” mentality. The real question behind all scientific inquiry and experimentation is how did God set this thing up to work? How will it interact with other things? What exactly is this thing and how much of it can we know? Kind of the same approach we use in studying the word of God.

But as with so many things, including the word of God, people can take a truth and misapply it. They are ignorant, arrogant, they possess a nature virulently opposed to God, their natural thoughts can’t understand God, and they live in a world system devised and administrated by a creature who is far smarter than any of them, but just as arrogant about himself and as ignorant and deluded about who God is. Many of the people who have seized upon science and the theory of evolution as truth, do so admittedly because it gives them a way to explain everything without having to acknowledge (and thus be accountable to) God.

Which brings me to the third element of my triad, projection. Projection is when you take your own sins, failings, and faulty viewpoint and project them onto others, all the while denying you have any such failings yourself. Then you criticize those on whom you’ve projected for the sins you deny in yourself. So it is here. Atheists and atheist/scientists love to mock Christians as being blind, as having “to check their brains at the door in order to believe in the things of God. “Faith is believing to be true what you know to be a lie,” one said.

I know that’s not me, because I know the Word of God is not a lie. But given the revelations of Climategate, the desperation with which the media and global warmists seek to defend their position in the face of God’s laughter (that would be the massive snowstorms burying the east coast just now) it seems to me that they are the ones who are caught in “blind belief”, the ones who truly are seeking to believe that which they know to be untrue.

And I can see why they might be so incredibly desperate because look what they have to lose… position, esteem, reputation, money, maybe their life’s work. I suspect not too many of them are eager to admit they are wretched sinners, weak and foolish and in need of a savior, either. It’s not rational, it’s emotional.And emotions simply cannot think.

ADDENDUM:  Speaking of desperation in defending global warming, a British engineering prof, Dr. John Brignell, runs a website called numberwatch where he’s collected links to media stories ascribing the cause of everything under the sun to global warming, many of them contradictory. Things like…

Lack of snowfall, too much snowfall
shrinkage of coral reefs, growth of coral reefs
destruction of bananas, growth of same
winds increasing, winds decreasing
hibernation ends too soon, hibernation ends too late.
wolves eat more moose, wolves eat less…

All supposedly the result of global warming. He has over 600 of them at this writing. You can see them all HERE.

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4 Responses to “Desire, Delusion and Projection”


  1. 1 Philosopher February 17, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Karen,
    The first part of that list is totally relevant right now. Global Warming was previously trumpeted as a sure creater of droughts all over the US. Now it’s reversed to say that GW actually causes moisture-saturated air, so that’s why it’s snowing so much.

    New consensus: Dry and hot: GW. Moist and cold: GW. Michael Critchton absolutely nailed this sliding shift to Climate Change in his book State of Fear (2004). Now, arguing Climate Change is a significant event is like arguing that water is wet. Always was, is, and will be. Also, water is really wet now because of man! Both arguments are equally goofy.

    All this (GW = more snow) is said with a distinct avoidance of the record low temps being set this winter(ex: Florida 100 year lows and duration of sub-zero temps)and lower-than-normal temps required in the South/SouthEast for snow to fall in the first place.

    My vote is that many GW alarmists are becoming delusional to avoid facing a life and career built around a false scientific hypothesis.

    • 2 karenhancock February 17, 2010 at 12:10 pm

      Thanks for the comment, Philosopher. I love your analogy comparing the arguing about climate change to arguing about water being wet.

  2. 3 Loren Warnemuende February 17, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    A friend of mine posted this blog link recently that your note reminded me of: http://apologeticjunkie.blogspot.com/2010/02/blind-irrational-and-unrelenting-faith.html

    Good stuff all!

    ~Loren

    • 4 karenhancock February 17, 2010 at 8:35 pm

      Thanks, Loren. I enjoyed the blog post you linked to, as well. Funny stuff, though I’m not entirely sure which was funnier — the atheist whose quote he dissected, or the dissection itself. Lots of good points made.


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