Dueling Encyclicals

With the Vatican declaring UN IPCC science as Christian Truth, I am reminded of Aristotle (384 to 322 BC) who said:

“Give me a child until he is 7 and I will show you the man.”

If Aristotle knew what we know today about how oceans make the climate, how might he convey that meaning to one of his young Greek students?

Perhaps he would tell the story this way.

Poseidon, Lord of the Oceans

I am Poseidon and I rule the oceans, and with them I make the climate what it is.

I store the sun’s energy in my ocean water so that our world is neither too hot nor too cold.

I add water and energy into the air and together we spread warmth from the tropics to the poles. There are many obstacles and delays along the way, and there are clashes between hot and cold, which you know as storms.

The land masses make basins to collect water and energy and I send heat to each basin to form its own climate. Water heat is transported slowly, between basins and from equator to pole and back again.

The water in the air returns as rain falling on land and sea. Near the poles the water freezes and stays, sometimes for many years, until rejoining the ocean. Always the water returns and the cycles continue.

Do not be afraid of the future. Respect the oceans, take care of the land and each other, and all will be well.

The Climate According to Poseidon


  1. ArndB · June 19, 2015

    OHH yes, the ancient Greeks! They understood how nature works on earth without a trillion dollar budget. Before meteorology became an academic discipline others followed, observing that it is not the atmosphere, which determines the fate of the climate, the ocean does.
    The minister of state, intellectual, and poet J.W. von Goethe (1749-1832) would have agreed formulating it nicely in his book “Italian Voyage” -1787-:
    “Until one has experienced the sea around one,
    One has no idea of world and its relation to the world.”


    • Ron Clutz · June 19, 2015

      Indeed, we have forgotten what our wisest ancestors knew:

      The sea is the source of water and the source of wind; for neither would blasts of wind arise in the clouds and blow out from within them, except for the great sea, nor would the streams of rivers nor the rain-water in the sky exist but for the sea ; but the great sea is the begetter of clouds and winds and rivers.
      — Xenophanes (c. 570 B.C. – c. 480 B.C.)


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