Comment 470

By Steve McKinlay (anonymous) | Posted May 07, 2006 at 17:30:22

Ultimately all science is inferential. It is empiricism that informs us about the natural world, "truth" per se is irrelevant - truth is a logical concept with no explanatory force. Whether "evolutionary theory" is true or not is not the point, in simple terms the theory is more explanatory than the alternatives. And so, those that deny peak oil, or argue "it's just a theory" are missing the point too. That is, all peak oil ultimately is, the observation and communication of a regularity. If someone has a better explanation for the production of US (and infact now virtually all non-OPEC) oil across time, which clearly shows increase in production to a point, then irrecoverable decline, then I suggest that person put forward their own theory.

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