"It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong." Richard P. Feynman

Monday, November 29, 2010

The Irony of Using King Canute as a Warmist Symbol

King Canute ,by sitting on the beach and commanding the tide to go back demonstrated to his people the futility of trying to control Nature , a lesson today's warmists apparently have not learned. The logic in choosing Canute as a symbol for their nonsense completely escapes me.

"Let all men know how empty and worthless is the power of kings. For there is none worthy of the name but God, whom heaven, earth and sea obey".
So spoke King Canute the Great, the legend says, seated on his throne on the seashore, waves lapping round his feet. Canute had learned that his flattering courtiers claimed he was "So great, he could command the tides of the sea to go back". Now Canute was not only a religious man, but also a clever politician. He knew his limitations - even if his courtiers did not - so he had his throne carried to the seashore and sat on it as the tide came in, commanding the waves to advance no further. When they didn't, he had made his point that, though the deeds of kings might appear 'great' in the minds of men, they were as nothing in the face of God's power.
Thom Yorke's human sculpture of King Canute the Great
The recent Global Warming "art " display in the UK , involved over a thousand people freezing in blue ponchos marking out a crude figure on the ground which didn't look any better from the air. The fact that everyone was rugged up to the nines because of a complete lack of global warming didn't seem to bother the faithful busy creating an image which would look more at home on the refrigerator with  other kindergarden artistic efforts.
We leave feeling confident that our cause is both vital and, at the very least, a source of a beautiful, extraordinary, community-uniting piece of art. 
 I must be missing something here!

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