I'd venture a guess that there's lots of male-male bonding (if you know what I mean) going on in those caves.
Dunno 'bout that "bonding" (BDSM being too much a thing of a debauched West, or at least much more normal societies in general), but there's lots of male-many_male involuntary fucking every Thursday when rookies arrive to the Afghan Army's barracks, according to soldiers who were stationed at the same bases. Guess the Taliban ain't a bit different - in culture where screwing a girl who's not your wife means death, the comrade in (your) arms might seem like a preferable alternative to a donkey.
the same physicists you trust to make stuff work can tell you why CO2 causes global warming
Something tells me you don't mean Freeman Dyson.
But if you had other ideas, you'd probably be off doing something with them
Like not screaming that sky is fallin and waiting for sounder proofs and policies? Seems to me he's doing it.
"The fundamental principle of science, the definition almost, is this: the sole test of the validity of any idea is experiment." -- Richard P. Feynman