How do we know what we know is true? The answer hinges on desire. We tend to see what we wish to see; therefore, much depends on the extent of our desires. The more we desire, the less we know. Unless all we wish to know, are only our desires. That doesn’t seem to happen naturally though. We are biologically primed to assume that what we see ‘out there’ is truly how it is, and that wishes can come true. In other words, we seldom feel content with just feeling the desire; we also desire that our wishes come true.
So, how does this jive with the inconvenient truth of global warming? The strength of science lies in a commitment to eliminate as much subjective wishing as possible, and just see and understand things as they are. Even so, we still end up interpreting what we see within science in ways that conform to our wishes. Chapter 16 advises, Woe to him who wilfully innovates, while ignorant of the constant. Neither science or religion, or anything in between, seems capable of claiming allegiance to the constant. If we did, there would be no global warming.