Voodoo Science

London, January 9 : Rajendra Pachauri, the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has described the Indian government report that criticized the claim by IPCC over the faster than expected melting of Himalayan glaciers, as “voodoo science“.

Voodoo economics [G. Bush on Reagan], “…Do do that voodoo, that you do so well..[Cole Porter]”, Voodoo Child [Hendrix]… 

the Haitian religion of Vodou has long been a cliche for superstion and black magic in American culture.  Maybe, with attention focused on the catastrophe facing Haiti, it’s time to think of it with a bit more sensitivity.  It’s just a hemispheric religon (Haiti, Brazil, Puerto Rico…etc.) going by different names, and with differing forms everywhere, that has its roots in the mixing of the beliefs of the African slaves dragged over here and the Christianity imposed on them.  It has its weird, vulgar, and nasty side – the pin-sticking dolls and curses – but what religion doesn’t?  Christianity??

That’s why I cringe a bit at Pachauri’s characterization of the inconvenient views of a glaciologist as “voodoo science.”  How about Catholic science?  He’s full of himself, anyway…

Just add it to the pile of  ethnic and racial slurs that give color to our language:

“He gyped me.”  Can’t trust a gypsy.
“He jewed me down to a lower price.”  Pretty obvious.
“She’s an Indian-giver.”  Yep, those redskins really screwed over the white people!

You can add your own.

One Response to Voodoo Science

  1. rogerthesurf says:

    There might be global warming or cooling but the important issue is whether we, as a human race, can do anything about it.

    There are a host of porkies and not very much truth barraging us everyday so its difficult to know what to believe.

    I think I have simplified the issue in an entertaining way on my blog which includes some issues connected with climategate and “embarrassing” evidence.

    In the pipeline is an analysis of the economic effects of the proposed emission reductions. Watch this space or should I say Blog


    Please feel welcome to visit and leave a comment.



    PS The term “porky” is listed in the Australian Dictionary of Slang.( So I’m told.)

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