Neither was meant to be personal, so it's a good thing you didn't take them that way. High school was where I learned the difference between glaciers and regular ice on lakes, rivers, MY BLOODY FRIGGIN' DRIVEWAY, etc. Dumbed down is just the way the media is - I think they aim at what, a 6th grade reading level or something?<quoted text>I think I stated the coffee science the way I did for brevity. Of course it's about many things, that's why "in moderation" almost always works My point is that science is more of an art. Most doctors admit that medicine is an art, depending on so many individual factors that they know they cannot heal without considering each person as an individual with a different history. But the science of global warming has not been treated that way. They want a result so badly that fits their political agenda that they may end up doing more harm than good.
(Note: do you see how I am not taking dumbed down and high school personally?)
As to the rest ... I'm not so sure I'd call science an art, but I see where you're going, We probably agree as much as we disagree on that one, because while science is objective, what you do with the objective information is itself subjective.
As far the agenda behind solutions to global warming ... there's more than one. For every bot lip-synching Al Gore's Academy Award/Nobel Prize winning power point presentation, there's folks dancing to the tune of business and industries who have a vested interest in maintaining their profit margins.
Makes it hard to have an intelligent discussion, imo.