Some people sometimes ask me if I ever have any doubt about the things I believe about the environment and the scientific theory of climate change. Do I ever think: ‘Really? All these scientists are in of some sort of conspiracy?’ but that is not what I believe. It is not a conspiracy. It is a consensus, and if we look through history we can see how consensus can maintain itself whether what the consensus is around is true or not. Consensus has the power to become a platform for power to grow. Power grows on consensuses, the breaking of a consensus always means destabilising power. Also, all communities (including the scientific community) have a hierarchy of authority, status and respectability. To climb that hierarchy you have to endear yourself, and show yourself as useful to, those with the power. Hence forth, to move forward you have to agree with the consensus.
When I set about building a new kitchen (that’s my job now) I try and make sure that all my practices, all the ways I’ve been doing things, are still relevant and well proven to help in what I’m doing. Yeah, I’ve always used Finsa Kitchen Carcasses as the prefabs for all my cupboards before but whose to say that’s till the best choice? Because I work alone, and don’t need to maintain the approval of others, I can make my own choice on that (they seem, by the way, to still very much be the best).
Everything should be in doubt.