Peterson among the Pseudo-Scholars

I have no very strong opinion on the matter of global climate change, nor on the question, if it’s actually occurring, whether humans are a major factor in it.

It’s important enough that I suppose I should be paying more attention, but . . . well, I’m not.

However, I have friends who do.  One is a professor of geology at BYU.  He believes, if I’m not mistaken, that the earth’s climate is changing, and that humans bear at least some of the blame.  The other is a former BYU faculty member in engineering, educated entirely (through to his Ph.D.) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He passionately doesn’t believe in human-caused global warming.

Be that as it may, when I read this I couldn’t help but think of efforts, by certain mostly secularizing critics, to dismiss the work of BYU’s Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship essentially in advance, a priori, in principle, as the product of eccentric pseudo-scholarly laughingstocks who are supposedly hostile to real scholarship and opposed to science.

I’ve read several things on the Internet, for example, claiming that I reject evolution, deny that the earth is billions of years old, and repudiate the science of genetics.

None of which, by the way, is even remotely true.


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