Georg Hegel’s “Philosophy of History” contains the phrase, “What experience and history teach is this — that people and governments never have learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it.”
The current debate on climate change may shed some light on this enigma. Despite the fact science has arrived at a consensus concerning global warming, there are still doubters.
The doubt doesn’t come from just the uninformed, but from educated professionals who you would expect to embrace the conclusions of science. Advances in science and technology are the signature of modern America. There are more Nobel laureates in science awarded to Americans than any other nationality.
Why the denial?
Rudy J. Vietmeier is retired, a Roanoke resident and environmental activist.