According to the Daily Caller, the White House and the Canadian government have released a new joint plan for how the two countries will go about regulating potential drilling, mining and other such energy endeavors in the Arctic — a decision-making process that will now use “indigenous science and traditional knowledge” to understand how to mitigate the effects of global warming.
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There is no such thing as Indigenous Science. This is true in every way you can possibly imagine.
Science is Science. Science is the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.
There is no such thing as 'indigenous' science. Either a theory and observation meets the definition of Science, or it does not meet that standard. There is no separate standard for indigenous people.
If indigenous man engages in scientific experimentation that meets the definition of science, then he is doing science, not 'indigenous science'. If someone is conducting experiments that do not meet the definition of science, then it is not 'indigenous science', it is non-science.
The definition of Indigenous Science is as non-scientific as you can get. It includes such anti-scientific gems as:
- The purpose of indigenous science is to maintain balance
- The end point of an indigenous scientific process is a known and recognized place. This point of balance, referred to by my own tribe as the Great Peace, is both peaceful and electrifyingly alive. In the joy of exact balance, creativity occurs, which is why we can think of our way of knowing as a life science.
If we put aside the fact that there is no such thing as 'Indigenous Science' for the moment and simply look at the accumulated knowledge of the indigenous peoples of the arctic, we find that they never even invented the wheel. Or written language. Or multi-story buildings, or anything else beyond a primitive Stone Age culture. So not only is there no such thing as indigenous science, these people haven't done any regular science either.
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- Indigenous science is holistic, drawing on all the Sense, including the spiritual and psychic.
The Great Spirit save us all.
Although there is a good chance this is all a big joke. The last bullet notes:
- Humor is a critical ingredient of all truth seeking, even in the most powerful rituals. This is true because humor balances gravity.
So they might be kidding about all of this.
Or it might prove that Climate Change is the biggest joke of all.