James Fairbairn: The importance of being informed

James Fairbairn writes in ScienceAlert about the importance to each of us of being able to make an informed decision on our stance on the climate change debate.

An excerpt: (Read in full here)

“This topic is the single most important topic of our times. What governments do as a result will affect us all. None of us can afford to be agnostic or to go with the flow. It is not being overly dramatic to say that the entire future of the human race potentially depends upon the outcome.

“The downside with making an informed opinion from this is, of course, that you can never be 100 per cent sure you are right. You can only make the most informed choice based on the balance of probabilities from the information you have received. Many of us, no doubt, will have placed considerable intellectual credibility on taking a stance on this whole subject. However each one of us must keep our minds open to new arguments and information. There is too much at stake and ultimately we must be prepared to take a volte-face if necessary.

“As CS Lewis very presciently once said  “We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.””