Walter Russell Mead, who in real life has a higher-than-room-temperature IQ, has decided to check his intelligence at the door of the political process. Disliking the political consequences entailed in acknowledging the risk of massive climate change, http://blogs.the-american-interest.com/wrm/2010/05/14/global-green-meltdown-gains-momentum/: “Experts armed with computer models are just guessing.”
Yes, imagining that any model captures all of reality is hubristic; the map is not the terrain. But concluding that it’s better never to look at a map and just set out at random in hopes of stumbling onto the right road is just dim-witted. Model-phobia may be a good reason to avoid making an intervention that could have disastrous impacts. But it can’t be a good reason to sit still while a potential catastrophe develops.
Conservatives are rapidly becoming, not just the stupid party, but the deliberately stupid party.