there are many many people hyping all sides of the man-v-environment issue. some quite articulately. however, one very valid complaint is that if one starts probing their positions, they can't defend them. that doesn't mean the positions are indefensible. the herald might be right. he just can't prove it. in the worst cases he can't even cite someone who can. and to further the fun, a successful tactic is to inject noise and misinformation into the other guy's position. wee! so what's a person to do? most people don't have the necessary math/science background to even follow some of the arguments being made. if that's you you'll have to pick yourself a champion. preferably one who knows what the hell they're talking about. the trick is to pick the right champion. tomorrow i'll start a series of questions you can use to separate the cheat from the whaff.