Guest essay by Charles G. Battig, M.D.
Some say that “God” might reside in a computer…the Deus ex Machina, literally means “god from the machine”. Amongst those individuals are those divining climate with climate computers in which are embedded general circulation models. This has generated a belief system…belief that all variables which drive global climate at all time scales have been identified, quantified as to individual contribution and interactions, and that chaotic variability is foreseeable. At the current state of scientific knowledge, such belief is intellectual hubris masquerading as achieved scientific endeavor.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology pioneering meteorologist and mathematician Professor Edward Lorenz doubted this ability in the 1960’s. The serendipitous discoverer of chaos theory postulated “is there such a thing as a climate?”…
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