Monday, February 18, 2008

Obama and the Precautionary Principle

Tim links to some rather... enthusiastic statements from Obama supporters:

"He empowers us with words... People are rushing into the tent to drink that Magic Water."

"He is not the Word made flesh, but the triumph of word over flesh."

"I felt this thrill going up my leg"

All from the excellent Is Barack Obama the Messiah? blog. So on the one hand we have the possibility that Obama is some kind of saviour who will reward a vote for him with all kinds of miracles.

Unfortunately, there is another possibility. Kevin Henry suggests that electing Obama could lead to the destruction of the human race thanks to a giant meteorite.

So, should we take the possibility that God is a racist and will punish Americans with extinction for electing a black man seriously? Or, should we vote Obama so that he can end terrorism, global warming and man's inhumanity to man?

We should probably ignore both but, then, we should probably ignore a few degrees of climate change here or there after 2800 (PDF, Box 1.3). Imagine if someone proposed going to war with Iran in case they nuked us in even two hundred years time. Stern and those who believe his "authoritative" report are allowed to get away with that kind of breach of common sense.

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