Re: The mind boggles
"Those things amplify the sun's affect on the weather. What got me 'testy' was someone claiming that the heat from a bit of moving magma deep in the bowels of the Earth could affect the weather without providing one jot of evidence that this is at all likely. "
He postulated a theory - possibly based out of ignorance of other facts, I can't know that because I am ignorant about what he is ignorant about, and I also may be ignorant of those things which he is also ignorant about, but...postulating a theory, which you then came back with a well formed reply, shouldn't warrant a rebuke. He should be encouraged to ask questions, share the knowledge, so we all rise higher. (Gosh, exercising in the morning really *does* give you a positive outlook...)
Richard Dawkins isn't necessarily a role model for human interaction.
Happy new year to you too! :)