It will be appropriate for me to share my experience with my class mates so that they can have a reasonable judgment on their part to decide if greenhouse is really affecting our lives or if its merely a hoax! The best way to decide on this is to watch the movie along with reading the book, as your mind tries to be fair in its judgement.
Three sentences which very well reflect the message of the book are:
- The science that supports or does not support the theory behind global warming is so incomplete that no reasonable conclusions can be drawn on how to solve the "problem" (or if the "problem" even exists).
- Elites in various fields use either real or artificial crises to maintain the existing social order, misusing the "science" behind global warming.
- As a result of potential conflicts of interest, the scientists conducting research on topics related to global warming may subtly change their findings to bring them in line with their funding sources.
The strong conviction with which the author tries to relate his work to reality is quite interesting, like the following disclaimer:
"This is a work of fiction. Characters, corporations, institutions, and organizations in this novel are the product of the author's imagination, or, if real used fictitiously without intent to describe their actual conduct. However, references to real people, institutions and organizations that are documented in the footnotes are accurate. Footnotes are real."
Personally, I have grown up seeing images of effects of global warming on television and magazines. But I never tried to chase the relationship between, lets say, a devastating hurricane and increasing global temperature. There are a lot of other examples which reports tell us, that are related to global warming. I just took it for granted. After reading the book, which challenges everything with graphs and figures, you start questioning your basic line of thinking.
Here is what I thought, right after I read the book:
“State of fear” is about the idea or rather a perception we call “Global Warming”….did you notice the peculiar way I present this topic!!!!! Its all the effect of the book!!
Well Global Warming as I believe now is just an idea supported by facts. Its a tentative idea….No one’s sure about it. People are scared though.
Another thing…….what you get to learn from Newspapers or magazines….They write what we want to read like everyday you find an article on “Global Warming”…what will keep them in business
I was too biased in my mind regarding the concept of global warming after I finished the book, so, I had to watch Al gore's movie to get a fair picture. I did it. I cannot tell you how hard it is to believe who is right and who is not, even for an engineer like me who tries to trust only scientific data and facts.
I request all my classmates to do as I did or may be they have already had their experience with the book and the movie. I would like you guys to share your thoughts on this topic as comments to this particular blogpost. It will affect my judgement.