An Australian professor of systematic musicology – is that a job? – at the University of Graz, Austria, has set new standards of retribution in the never-ending debate on global warming.
Professor Richard Parncutt writes on his blog, which is hosted on the university website:
If a jury of suitably qualified scientists estimated that a given G(lobal)W(arming) denier had already, with high probability (say 95%), caused the deaths of over one million future people, then s/he would be sentenced to death. The sentence would then be commuted to life imprisonment if the accused admitted their mistake, demonstrated genuine regret, AND participated significantly and positively over a long period in programs to reduce the effects of GW (from jail)…
And so on, and so waffly. Essentially, he wants to hang those who dissent from majority opinion.
Now, GW is definitely off-topic for Slipped Disc. Not part of our discussion. So not another word, please, on the weather.
We might, however, pause to wonder why a licensed musicologist – itself a nebulous science – should count himself qualified to pronounce a death penalty in the unrelated field of climatology. Does Professor Parncutt’s conclusion arise from studies of seasons by Vivaldi, Haydn, Schumann and others? Is his opinion unfathomably systematic? Or is he just another tenured academic with too much time on his hands?
Does the university have a clue what’s up on its website?