This scientist describes past dramatic climate changes and how people reacted out of fear and superstition. Short-term weather extremes produce such an emotional response from people it seems history is repeating itself. Listen and see if you see any similarities between then and now.
Here's a YouTube clip from a Harvard astrophysicist on the subject of "precautionary principle" as applied to weather engineering and the punishment its critics faced half a millennium ago. She has another word from the "post-normal" method of thinking: superstition.
posted by wretchard at 3/15/2007 12:00:00 PM