It’s amazing what people are determined to remain skeptical about. I actually heard someone the other day say that they don’t believe dinosaurs had feathers or colored skins. When shown recent dig and DNA results from China, they scoff, preferring to hang on to their belief in early Disney TV show animations of lumbering green-skinned monsters. Similarly, the nay-sayers of climate change and human raising of CO2 levels persist in debunking anything that could upset their belief of dominance over the planet—and the creatures over which “God gave dominion.” That very religious belief is, perhaps, at the root cause of many of our planet’s woes. I do not want to hurt folks and their belief in the god of their choice, but when they use their absolute belief to kill us all, I do think it’s time to draw a line.
A few weeks ago I wrote about the 5” of original rainfall—note, please, “original” meaning high-altitude rain other than condensation from greenhouse effect of trees below—between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. I have received far too many complaints about that, with people sending me articles chronicling that the Amazon “gets 57 inches of rainfall per year” (putting a cup on the ground is not measuring original rain) or that there can be no real sand dunes in Montana, California, or where Dr. Borlaug did his experiment in the Yucatan. Equally, there are the vociferous 2% of so-called scientists or “scientific groups” who post nonsense about the normal cyclical nature of climate change claiming it happens every few centuries. When you point out the scientific facts of samples of CO2 taken in coring samples across the globe, they quickly claim—without any evidence—that the samples were taken by biased people rigging results and then usually throw in that God knows better. In fact, nay-sayers will in my experience do just about anything to hang on to their beliefs.
What these types of people believe is that this is the human’s world and God made it so. Putting aside whether God made the Earth or not, to think that a deity would make something as a unique, all-powerful gift for one creation only is perhaps a level of ego that is proving deadly.
So, how to illuminate the reality to nay-sayers? They believe in the power of man, so show them the power—and demise—of humans by other humans’ hands already.
In the Sahara there have been recent amazing finds. Synthetic Aperture Radar looking down from space have seen ancient rivers (some flowing into the Nile from across the Sahara), remnants of three massive lakes as little as 5,000 years ago. Nope, those natural finds won’t convince anyone... Aha, but then they found civilizations, settlements, buildings. Man-made buildings, pyramids in the Sudan, temples and cities pre-dating the Greeks and Romans across the Sahara. Early results from excavations show that these buildings, some as old as 6,000 years, were built upon previous buildings from lost civilizations. And what did they find in a few of the excavations? Trees were a fundamental building tool. Now, here’s a simple question for nay-sayers: Where did those builders get trees 500 or more miles away from the nearest water? Look, nay-sayers don’t want to accept science and fact... but they do believe in the power of humans and humans’ endeavors... so use these facts to encourage them come to their own realization that the man-made artifacts do not support their belief that the Sahara was always a desert.
Maybe one day nay-sayers will begin to open their eyes, begin instead to believe in the scientific method and fact-gatherers instead of grimly holding onto to absolute nonsense. Maybe then they can stop calling the Amazon a “tropical rainforest” or believing that a single meteor destroyed all the dinosaurs who died off in a minimum of 25,000 years if you know how to study rock and rock-formations. Recent scientific studies show that the oxygen (trapped in amber bubbles found in rock) on Earth declined every millennium for those 25,000 years as the dinosaurs grew too numerous, too big, and literally ate all the vegetation until there was not enough oxygen to support most of the giant dinosaurs, leaving the smaller birds (dinosaur relatives), lizards, snakes, turtles (all dinosaur relatives) and a few 3,000 lb. behemoths (Nile and Darwin crocs) behind.
And why are the dinosaur examples or the Sahara lost civilizations important to today’s humans? Because we’re busy repeating history. If a meteor fell now, perhaps a million years from now a surviving species might also mistakenly think the meteor destroyed life on Earth and that the deserts around the globe are “acts of God” or “how God intended it.”