Intellectual Sloth

Whether the world’s climate is changing, (and the majority of serious scientists agree that it is), is an empirical question. What is crucial here is the evidence and how one reacts to that evidence. In the history of our planet, the climate has regularly changed. Generally natural phenomena are not within human control. One moral aspect of the current situation is that human collective behavior seems to be the cause of the current climate changes. Most scientists say that the massive production of carbon dioxide is causing world temperatures to rise. What is moral or immoral for the individual is how one deals with the evidence. The climate change deniers are refusing to confront the testimony of the experts, who have the knowledge and training to have an informed opinion. Refusing to confront evidence is a form of intellectual sloth that can and should be assessed morally.

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