Google and YouTube would have censored Galileo

The decision by Google and YouTube to censor those who oppose the theory of man-made global warming is anti-science.

YouTube owner Google has announced that it will no longer allow “climate denialists” to monetise their content on its platform nor will it allow ads that question the theory of man-made global warming.

YouTube is justifying this ridiculous decision on the basis that questioning the “well-established scientific consensus around the existence and causes of climate change” is inappropriate.

Of course, the usual suspects are applauding this decision, led by the New York Times who says Google is right to try to stop the spread of climate “misinformation”. However, the Times remains strangely silent on the fact that it was and still is the biggest proponent of the real misinformation that Trump is a Russian agent.

This is yet further proof that the mainstream media and the social media companies define anything that doesn’t conform to left-wing orthodoxy as “misinformation” or “disinformation”.

Google noted that it had consulted with climate science experts including those who have worked at the United Nations on this issue.

On a totally unrelated point, I just consulted with my barber as to whether I need a haircut, and he replied that I most certainly did!

In other words, Google is saying that it is using the opinion of biased, self-interested climate science “experts” to justify censoring their ideological enemies.

Funny that!

Real science

Needless to say, these aren’t the actions of those who truly “believe in science”, either by Google or these apparently anonymous climate science “experts”.

Real science involves debate and challenging consensus thinking, not insisting the consensus is correct and censoring anyone who disagrees with your pet theory.

Every scientific breakthrough and advance in all of human history has come from one person challenging the prevailing “well established scientific consensus”.

For example, it was a “well-established scientific consensus” that the Earth was the centre of the universe until Copernicus and later Galileo suggested otherwise. As a result, Galileo was charged with “heresy” by the Catholic Church, on the basis that heliocentrism contradicted Holy Scripture.

He was convicted and sentenced to death, which was subsequently commuted to life under house-arrest.

Thankfully those who disagree with the theory – and it is just a theory – of man-made global warming aren’t subject to Galileo’s fate. At least not yet.

It was also “well-established scientific consensus” that the continents didn’t drift as proposed by Alfred Wegener. It took decades before the scientific consensus admitted it was wrong and that Wegener’s theory was proven correct by the existence of plate tectonics.

It was a “well-established scientific consensus” that man was created by God in his image. Even after Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace independently came up with their theory of evolution through natural selection, there are still a good percentage of people who oppose this theory despite all the evidence to the contrary.

And I could go on.

The science is never settled

This is why the idea that the “science is settled” is antithetical to the idea of free enquiry and to scientific advancement. As Albert Einstein himself said: “No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong”.

If perhaps the greatest scientist of the 20th century can acknowledge the reality that his general theory of relativity and special theory of relativity could be disproven in future, why can’t Google and YouTube acknowledge this fundamental principle of scientific enquiry?

Of course, the real reason Google and YouTube cant do so is that this move is just the latest in a long line of attempts by the mainstream media and big tech to silence those who voice opinions with which they disagree.

This is the ultimate result of attempts to stop “misinformation” and “disinformation”, terms which are more properly defined as “non left-wing thought”.

It is also another reason to stop using YouTube and instead use competitors such as Rumble which are more open to discussing differing viewpoints and which also believe in free enquiry and free speech.

Google’s actions are the modern equivalent of those of the Catholic Church in the 1600s: those that question the theory of man-made global warming are viewed as the equivalent of those who questioned Holy Scripture back then.

Based on their reasons for censoring those who question the prevailing climate change orthodoxy, Google and YouTube would have censored and murdered Galileo back in the day.

And then congratulated themselves on being so enlightened!

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