Sun Tzu's strategy is a science, designed to systematically analyze the human psychology of competition. While those in the media constantly claim that science in under attack by religion, the truth is that science can never threatened by religion, that is, by what people believe. As a method, it is available to anyone who chooses to use it, regardless of belief. Instead the sciences are constantly threatened by the state, which has always sought to control people through the control of information. When religion is involved, the problem is not ever religion itself in the sense of people having faith in a higher purpose, but the desire of the state to use that faith to control its people.
The history of Sun Tzu's The Art of War
is instructive in this regard. For its first five hundred years (much of it before the establishment of the Chinese empire) Sun Tzu's treatise was commonly available, leading to the increase popularity of the martial arts among the common people. However, after the establishment of the Chinese empire, the emperor's began to restrict publication of Sun Tzu's work. The religions of first Taoism and later Buddhism were promoted by the emperors themselves specifically to replace Sun Tzu's teachings in martial arts. The Taoist and Buddhist traditions in martial arts can be traces to specific Chinese emperors. (See my book, the Ancient Bing-fa: Martial Arts Strategy
for the complete history of Sun Tzu and the martial arts.)
Today, we can see much the same thing happening with the "global warming" debate. It is not by coincidence that the leading voice in the "global warming" debate is a politician, not a scientist. To quote one of the leading climatologists in the world, Timothy Ball in his article, Global Warming: the Cold, Hard Facts? (red the whole thing):
Meanwhile, politicians are being listened to, even though most of them have no knowledge or understanding of science, especially the science of climate and climate change. Hence, they are in no position to question a policy on climate change when it threatens the entire planet. Moreover, using fear and creating hysteria makes it very difficult to make calm rational decisions about issues needing attention.
And again, the proponents of more state control of people's lives promote a religious certitude to eliminate the discussion of the science regarding global warming. So much so that MIT meteorologist, Richard Lindzen
"Do you believe in global warming? That is a religious question. So is the second part: Are you a skeptic or
a believer? With respect to science, the assumption behind the consensus is science is the source of authority and that authority increases with the number of scientists, But science is not primarily a source of authority. It is a particularly effective approach of inquiry and analysis. Skepticism is essential to science -- consensus is foreign."
In other words, those who promote the "global warming" try to change science, which is simply a systematic method of research, into a religious authority. We don't use science, specifically Sun Tzu's strategy, to arrive at any absolute truths that must be defending by cutting off debate. Actually, just the opposite it true. The major purpose for studying science and strategy is to master certain concepts and terminology that allow you to more easily discuss and debate situations with other people.
Whereever you seem to see people trying to cut off debate and discussion in the name of science, you are really seeing people trying to manipulate the mechanics of faith for their own benefit. To quote again from Dr. Ball:
Sadly, my experience is that universities are the most dogmatic and oppressive places in our society. This becomes progressively worse as they receive more and more funding from governments that demand a particular viewpoint.