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PostFri Mar 21, 2014 2:43 pm » by Akashicrebel


US college professor demands imprisonment for climate-change deniers


An assistant philosophy professor at Rochester Institute of Technology wants to send people who disagree with him about global warming to jail.
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The professor is Lawrence Torcello. Last week, he published a 900-word-plus essay at an academic website called The Conversation.

His main complaint is his belief that certain nefarious, unidentified individuals have organized a “campaign funding misinformation.” Such a campaign, he argues, “ought to be considered criminally negligent.”

Torcello, who has a Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo, explains that there are times when criminal negligence and “science misinformation” must be linked. The threat of climate change, he says, is one of those times.

Throughout the piece, he refers to the bizarre political aftermath of an earthquake in L’Aquila, Italy, which saw six scientists imprisoned for six years each because they failed to “clearly communicate risks to the public” about living in an earthquake zone.

“Consider cases in which science communication is intentionally undermined for political and financial gain,” the assistant professor urges.

“Imagine if in L’Aquila, scientists themselves had made every effort to communicate the risks of living in an earthquake zone,” Torcello argues, but evil “financiers” of a “denialist campaign” “funded an organised [sic] campaign to discredit the consensus findings of seismology, and for that reason no preparations were made.”

“I submit that this is just what is happening with the current, well documented funding of global warming denialism,” Torcello asserts.

Torcello says that people are already dying because of global warming. “Nonetheless, climate denial remains a serious deterrent against meaningful political action in the very countries most responsible for the crisis.”

As such, Torcello wants governments to make “the funding of climate denial” a crime.

“The charge of criminal and moral negligence ought to extend to all activities of the climate deniers who receive funding as part of a sustained campaign to undermine the public’s understanding of scientific consensus.”

Torcello, the Ph.D.-holding philosophy professor, then manages to conflate the standard of criminal negligence with the much lower standard of garden-variety negligence under civil law.

Torcello also tries to preemptively rebut criticism that his attempt to silence climate change skeptics with the threat of criminal penalties is unconstitutional due to the First Amendment.

“We must make the critical distinction between the protected voicing of one’s unpopular beliefs, and the funding of a strategically organised [sic] campaign to undermine the public’s ability to develop and voice informed opinions,” he argues.

“It is time for modern societies to interpret and update their legal systems.”

On March 13, 2014 (the day Torcello’s screed was published), the high temperature was 18 degrees Fahrenheit in Rochester, N.Y., the city for which Rochester Institute of Technology is named.

In the latest U.S. News rankings, Rochester Institute of Technology (annual cost of attendance: $45,602) comes in as the seventh-ranked university in the North region, two spots ahead of the University of Scranton. The Upstate New York school is notable for its focus on engineering and business as well as an unsightly, windswept campus.

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PostFri Mar 21, 2014 2:58 pm » by DarkHeart


He really is a douche :flop:

Using the crazy world of Italian politics to base an argument on is asinine beyond belief, its this kind of "scientism" that ought to get tits like him put behind bars.
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PostFri Mar 21, 2014 3:04 pm » by Domeika


I had no idea there was such a weekly door prize but yes, this guy derserves it.

One only needs to look as far as the first sentence..... An assistant philosophy professor.

Wouldn't you have to be a real whack-job to even pursue a degree as a "philosopher"? How does one make a decision like that? Have you ever seen a help wanted ad for a philosopher? I would think that is as good as puutting your college tution in a pile and lighting it.

And this tool thinks that his qualifications as a "philosopher" somehow makes him even remotely relevant? I know what he is attempting to do, and it is pathetic to watch. He is begging for grant scraps at Gore's table. He's looking for money and is showing how as a philosopher he can help to turn public opinion.....pathetic little weasel isn't he?

Sorry Larry, but I can find all the philosophy I need in a good single malt.

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PostFri Mar 21, 2014 3:43 pm » by Middleman


David Suzuki talked about similar ideas when he was in Australia a month or two ago.

The idea isn't to punish regular people...but let's say you're a Prime Minister who receives big donations from mining, oil and coal companies, and you work to remove a carbon tax, and say scrap the portfolio of science Minister from your cabinet.

In 10 years time, when the shit has really hit the fan, and nobody is arguing anymore about whether climate change is real, that politician might find himself in legal strife.

The chances of any such legislation making its way through any parliament in the world is slim. Even the climate change believing politicians will never vote to punish the politicians who are climate change deniers. It sets the dangerous precedent of actually holding them accountable.

The whole thing is a way of reminding those in power today "your actions have consequences, and if the sea rises and cities start dropping off the map, you might spend your retirement years dodging angry mobs"

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PostFri Mar 21, 2014 4:44 pm » by Fatdogmendoza


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PostFri Mar 21, 2014 5:03 pm » by The57ironman


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PostFri Mar 21, 2014 5:32 pm » by Slith


A Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo huh.

It's quite renowned and old I hear. Hasn't been quite the same since the stone age, but hey, what can you do.


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PostFri Mar 21, 2014 9:00 pm » by Fatdogmendoza


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PostFri Mar 21, 2014 9:52 pm » by 99socks


What if this was really an academic experiment by said philosophy professor? :mrgreen:
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PostSat Mar 22, 2014 1:25 pm » by mediasorcery


Middleman wrote:David Suzuki talked about similar ideas when he was in Australia a month or two ago.

The idea isn't to punish regular people...but let's say you're a Prime Minister who receives big donations from mining, oil and coal companies, and you work to remove a carbon tax, and say scrap the portfolio of science Minister from your cabinet.

In 10 years time, when the shit has really hit the fan, and nobody is arguing anymore about whether climate change is real, that politician might find himself in legal strife.

The chances of any such legislation making its way through any parliament in the world is slim. Even the climate change believing politicians will never vote to punish the politicians who are climate change deniers. It sets the dangerous precedent of actually holding them accountable.

The whole thing is a way of reminding those in power today "your actions have consequences, and if the sea rises and cities start dropping off the map, you might spend your retirement years dodging angry mobs"



the trouble with this specious argument is that the world is getting colder, these science dudes are doin ther best to convince us it isnt, even tho its f*king freezing and only mid march here[disregard personal observation], usa has had filthy long winters recently,, and last time i checked, the sea is the same height its always been.you could call it good science by good EVIDENCE BASED OBSERVATION,



or swallow the pill, thats a lot more comfortable, kinda. :lol: :think: :lol:

we all know who really should be behind bars
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