#ButDamascus

Description. – Conversion stories can be powerful.

Examples

[] Story about Revelle

[DAVIDW] I was on that gravy train, making a high wage in a science job that would not have existed if we didn’t believe carbon emissions caused global warming.

[BLAIR] The best analogy I can see for before and after [#ButCG] is the perception, through the course of the movie, of the character of the Wizard from the Wizard of Oz. […] Having seen behind the curtain, my innocence has been lost and I no longer accept appeals to authority in this field.

Counterexamples

§1. Frank Luntz, the author of the infamous Luntz Memo, July 2019:

I’m here before you to say that I was wrong in 2001. Just stop using something that I wrote 18 years ago, because it’s not accurate today. That was a lifetime ago. I’ve changed.

§2. Richard Muller, the creator of Berkeley Project, financed by the Koch Bros:

CALL me a converted skeptic. Three years ago I identified problems in previous climate studies that, in my mind, threw doubt on the very existence of global warming. Last year, following an intensive research effort involving a dozen scientists, I concluded that global warming was real and that the prior estimates of the rate of warming were correct. I’m now going a step further: Humans are almost entirely the cause.

Notes

No need for objections and replies. It’s an arms race. Just show counterexamples.