Never let the facts get in the way of a good theory. …
The problem with a manic view of the world is that one tends to miss the obvious faults in one's beliefs. Take for an example the way that militant tendencies in the earth-sciences a tend to ward off evil spirits. Once challenged to think, they tend to throw brickbats.
I speak as one who knows. (Blessed are the peacemakers for they get sick and tired of the alternative eventually and see reason. Or not, as the case may be.)
I never liked the idea of “fossil fuel”. It just sounded daft. But all I had to go on was an amateur opinion. And the world is in the hands of experts. So I became an isolated faction. Who was I to point out to multi-billion corporations that their empires were built on sand?
But that was the problem after all.
Their empires were not built on sand, they were built on calcium carbonate.
Limestone is the rock they look under for signs of life.
They look under thousands of tons of it, millions of tons, billions of tons.
But everyone knows that acid bogs are few and far between. And that it wouldn't take much calcium oxide to ruin them.
In fact every now and again even the BBC, the arch-diocese of the theory of evolution, points out how much danger the environment is in when farmers remove too much peat, stop sheep overgrazing poor land and let the trees in.
Just how much poor or infertile soil is there for example a place like England with its plentiful supply of rainwater?
Enough to make it the most densely populated country in Europe.
And the magnet of the moment for the rest of the undeveloped world.
Is it really so?