The Age of Unenlightenment.

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That slick expression you’re entitled to your own opinions but not your own facts, now has a deeper meaning in this latest stage of the post-enlightenment. If your facts plainly contradict someone else’s orthodox beliefs, then you are simply being “unhelpful” or even “harmful” and should therefore be suppressed. That’s to be done not by logical refutation or counter argument, but intimidation, bullying, shunning, character assassination and threats to a person’s career or livelihood.

Basically, the gloves come off and you get mobbed by a gang of like-minded thugs. Destroy the person, not the argument.

It’s the sort of behaviour one could expect of a medieval theocracy whose dominance is under threat by the advance of reasoned argument. Indeed, the humanists of Europe fought that battle from the late seventeenth century onwards, resulting in what’s commonly known as the Age of Enlightenment. There’s a lot more to it but from then on, a clear separation was to be made between things which could be proved by a process of reasoning and matters which were purely a matter of individual faith.

For the first time, a line between Church and State was being drawn. It was hard-fought by both sides since it was at heart more about who would control the minds of men; the clerics or what was called at the time the natural philosophers.

Last week, the distinguished Prof. Lennart Bengtsson, whom I’d term a warmist rather than an alarmist, resigned from an advisory committee of the GWPF, an unpaid post he’d barely been in for two weeks. The reason he’d been forced to resign was an intense campaign of vilification and intimidation. Former colleagues even refused to work with him and his papers in the publication process were suddenly being rejected for what was obviously non-scientific reasons. Bear in mind, he’d already had over two hundred papers published, so obviously knew what would be viable in terms of publication. Most tellingly, one of the rejected papers highlighted the glaring disparity between computer climate predictions and the real world data.

What’s most disturbing about the treatment of Prof. Bengtsson, is the people acting like common or garden thugs were supposedly men of science rather than outraged clerics stamping down on a heretic. As Marvin asked, what’s going on?

Even a casual acquaintance with the history of science teaches us one simple thing; it advances across a battlefield drenched in the blood of sacred cows. The Earth revolves around the Sun? Something falls to Earth because it’s being pulled by some invisible force rather than just having weight? Space can bend and time can run at different rates depending on where you are in something called a gravity well? Continents can actually move? Where’s your head? Are you insane?

Given that recurrent pattern of outrageous and heretical ideas becoming text-book orthodoxy, I do tend to think over carefully even the most startling ideas. More often than not, I see the flaw in the idea but I always examine the idea, not the person articulating it. If you don’t do that, you’re a believer rather than a person of reason.

It’s that sort of thinking which ultimately makes the practice of science an unforgiving profession. You can propose a really beautiful theory, but it only takes one person to prove it wrong, just one. Most cruel of all, your beloved brainchild can appear to pass all the tests for years but is later found out to be wrong or nothing more than a special case of a bigger, more complete theory and there goes your life’s work. Your attempt at being a someone of historical note becomes at best nothing more than a footnote annotation of you being that rather silly person behind the subsequently discredited theory of whatever. Everybody knew it was a rubbish idea all along.

It’s a tough gig and it’s all too human a temptation to start bending the rules as you begin to see the whole house of cards you’ve invested so many years in starting to wobble. Their first stab was something called post-normal science, which when you strip off the sociology verbiage and oily sophistry, was nothing more than a proposal to abandon the scientific method. Your theory was so important, so crucial, that it simply fell outside the passé science processes of the last few hundred years. It didn’t need things like that tiresome phase of testing your theory’s predictions against reality. Not even a largely cowed science establishment would grovel on its knees in abasement and come around to swallowing that.

The next line of defence was declaring that it was all settled. It had been so thoroughly proven, incidentally an impossible thing for any scientific theory, that it was no longer an open question. Move along now. The proof had been done by taking a vote and the novel idea of science by consensus rather than scientific method was born. There was to be no debate but it fell foul of that rebellious child it largely shaped, the skeptic blogosphere, which insisted on taking a can opener to every hermetically sealed debate, and so often found Blake’s great red dragon of chaos ready to emerge from it grinning in triumph.

By now, they were increasingly desperate men in a hurry towards some finishing line only they could see, and acted accordingly. It’s not very hard to get inside that.

You start to cheat, but somehow you know it’s not really cheating. You massage the data by tweaking it a little bit, just a teensy weensy little bit, moving it in the right direction. Once on that slippery slope, it becomes all too easy to get imaginative with the methods as well. By then, you’ve slipped so far into that mortal sin zone of science, all that’s left is stopping your ears to any criticism, shutting your eyes and defending it desperately at any cost. It’s your own inner voice making those carping objections. Nobody will notice, nobody will check.

But they did.

In the end, you’ve nowhere left to go but denying anyone wishing to replicate your work the data or details of your methodology. It’s all way too far over their head and anyway, they only want to use it against you. Anything but that sort of cooperation, because then the whole sordid game would be up. All would be lost. You fudge, you delay, you tell them the data is lost, it’s protected by commercial IPR agreements, you hide behind FOI legislation and in the end you threaten to sue them if they won’t leave you alone. At the same time, you play the martyr card; why are they persecuting me?

That’s a delaying stratagem you can play for a few years but the day finally arrives when someone else demonstrates that the results of applying your grand theory simply don’t match up to the real world data.

When that happens, all you’ve got left is to attack them for threatening your theory with real world data. That’s the terminal madness, the final naked abandonment of any lingering threadbare pretence of being a scientist. Go after the man, and simply ignore whatever it is he’s saying. Threaten him, destroy him, eviscerate him, smash him down into the ground, stamp on his face and somehow all will be well again.

To answer Mr Gaye’s question, that’s how we arrived at the Bengtsson scandal.

Intolerant belief is clawing back the ground it lost in the age of enlightenment, but the people doing it this time around are actually crusading fundamentalists pretending to be scientists. They’re nothing more than a new age sect of clerics who’ve allowed their messianic beliefs to swamp their judgement to the point where they’ve essentially traduced a branch of science, but for the best of all possible intentions. They are, after all, on a mission to save the very planet.

What’s particularly appalling about what can only be termed this wave of counter enlightenment, is that it’s mainly being driven from the universities and centres of higher education, the very institutions which were the original driving force behind the age of enlightenment. In too many areas, there’s a rigidly orthodox view and woe betide any lecturer, never mind a sprog undergraduate, who dares question it.

This imposition of uniformity and stifling of dissent can only lead to a medieval academic sterility, and in my opinion it already has. Yes, our technology has advanced geometrically but that’s just been a simple process of engineering refinement; double the power, halve the size, go for the manufacturing economies of scale and consequently sell it to them cheaper and cheaper. It’s nothing more than Moore’s law in motion, if you’ll excuse the alliteration. There’s actually nothing fundamentally new coming out of what’s supposed to be our ideas factories.

What we haven’t had is an original Einstein-class theory emerge from academia for nearly four decades. It’s all been refinements. Given an agreement with that assessment, you either assume we’ve discovered every one of the big secrets of the universe, which would be a first in the whole history of science, or something is very seriously wrong.

Bengtsson had to be destroyed. Not only was he opening up a dialogue with the climate skeptics, which meant he was straying away from the teachings of the one true church, but he’d also called into serious question the ability of the computer models to generate credible climate predictions. They are taken to be oracles by the church, incapable of error and far surpassing such primitive efforts as Delphi. The fact that the models’ predictions have been demonstrably wrong for nearly two decades is irrelevant.

This is end of days behaviour. They’ve been cast out alone into the political wilderness, governments are backing away from green agendas, the media and general public are bored with climate scares, research grants are getting cut everywhere, nobody can afford the renewables, the common people hate windmills and are organising against them, carbon legislation is dead in the water, the annual climate conference has become a cynical joke and young people not only don’t give a damn about saving the planet, but have started to snigger at those who persist in lecturing them about it.

Their very public and violent intimidation of Bengtsson will probably ensure there won’t be another attempt at rapprochement by a high-profile warmist with the skeptics. They are in effect skipping over the bargaining phase in the death of their belief system.

As someone who’s a skeptic of catastrophic global warming, that suits me fine since since I think the only way we can now lose this struggle is to enter into negotiations to achieve some unnecessary compromise when to all intents and purposes we’ve already won. It’s just the trivial exercise of the endgame we’ll be playing out for the next few years. Mate in two with no way of stopping it.

As someone who loves science, I regret it won’t be possible to come up with some fig leaf deal of damage limitation for science as a whole, a way of letting them retire discreetly from the field in defeat, and will instead now have to stand and watch climate science becoming a complete laughing-stock, and undoubtedly by implication, science in general. The true believers will ensure this thing is doomed to go down all the way to the equivalent of Berlin, April ’45, the last bullet and complete destruction.

I’ll take no pleasure in that, but it wouldn’t stay my hand for an instant. I’m quite happy to watch them burning themselves right down to the ground, and we’ll rebuild the seared reputation of science afterward. It wouldn’t be the first time that’s had to be done and it’s not a priority of mine.

There’ll be a week or so of tut-tutting but in the end the sect will get away with yet another Pyrrhic victory and continue to do so, until the leadership in science grasps the nettle and finally decides to stand up to them. The reality check for that leadership is that the cat is out of the bag. The window of opportunity to get your own house in order is fast closing and the standing of science as a whole is now downrange of the firing line. Wield the scalpel now and cut out the cancer, or prepare to lose the patient.

Inexorably, the general public have come to think global warming might have been nothing more than a bogus scare, but what they do know for sure is that it was scientists doing the scare mongering. That’s why for instance the Australian government can feel free to do a savage 90% chop of its spend on climate change, knowing there won’t be any great outcry from anyone other than the grant money junkies. Nobody else gave a peep. It’s not a matter of if, but a matter of how much collateral damage mainstream science is going to take with the crash of climate science.

The indulgent “in” joke of how silly, corrupt and degenerate climate science actually is, has now moved well outside the smug and knowing smirks of the science club insiders. If you’ve any doubt about that, then you haven’t thought about the significance of last Friday’s front page of the Times.

©Pointman

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67 Responses to “The Age of Unenlightenment.”
  1. vuurklip says:

    Reblogged this on vuurklip and commented:
    About the tyrrany of “global warming”

  2. Rick Bradford says:

    The smug self-regarding arrogance of scientists and academics was summed up by the Duc de La Rochefoucauld some 350 years ago.

    “Self-love is the love of the self and of all things for the self; it makes men idolaters of themselves, and would make them the tyrants of others, if fortune gave them the means.”

    It’s almost as though he had met Michael Mann in person….

  3. perdebytjie says:

    Very well written!

    • Olaf Koenders says:

      That it was. Inspiring. Thanks Pointy.

      Now, if only all my favourite sci-fi films can be corrected and that gerbil worming excised, I’ll be a happier individual.

  4. Martin A says:

    I have just been watching “Downfall” on DVD – the last days in Hitler’s bunker. The end of the Great Delusion echoes the film in some ways.

    • Truthseeker says:

      Now you know why the bunker scene with Hitler is used so much to ridicule the alarmists by changing the sub-titles.

  5. Reblogged this on gottadobetterthanthis and commented:
    As always, Pointman is worth reading.

  6. Wonderfully written, many thanks. Obviously Bengtsson is the climate topic du jour, and I’ve just written my own post on the topic: http://jonathanabbott99.wordpress.com/2014/05/22/scientists-one-by-one/
    My basic point is that enough scientists like Bengtsson have to stand up and be counted, to create a critical mass of anti-IPCC scientists that politicians can then latch onto. Without enough ‘official’ science to back them up they will never fully turn off the Green funding taps. The Alarmists have scored a terrible own goal over Bengtsson, although they had no real choice. I wonder who will be next to go ‘over the top’?

    • MartinFr says:

      For the sake of Science and for all our sakes, I hope Bengtsson will eventually decide to return to the GWPF.

  7. Retired Dave says:

    Bang on the nail with a huge sledge hammer, as usual, Pointman.

    As they say – what is the opposite of diversity? UNIVERSITY

    I agree with Jonathan Abbott above. Given how much the believers have to lose, it will take a critical mass of scientists standing up to be counted and we are a long way from the “tipping point” (see what I did there??).

  8. craigm350 says:

    Excellent post pointman.

  9. A.D. Everard says:

    One of your best, Pointman. I enjoyed this very much.

  10. hoppers says:

    Here in Oz, the hysterical self interested response to the Budget by the professional left has proved without doubt that AGW was just a convenient stick to beat the establishment with.

    Stuff Global Warming – Violently protesting cuts is much more fun.

    http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/timblair/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/warming_over/

  11. Blackswan says:

    Pointman,

    “Even a casual acquaintance with the history of science teaches us one simple thing; it advances across a battlefield drenched in the blood of sacred cows.” Pure gold.

    There is a problem with the ‘distinguished Prof. Lennart Bengtsson’. If he has succumbed to pressure after only a couple of weeks thuggery from his Alarmist colleagues and he seeks to have future papers published, why does he think such papers will have any credibility whatsoever when he has proven he is so easily intimidated into compliance by the Alarmists?

    Bengtsson, if he had any integrity in exposing the corruption of science in this modern epoch, could have defied them in defence of his profession by citing the rejection of his papers as evidence of such blatant corruption.

    People such as Prof Bob Carter have defiantly stood their ground and they are heroes; Bengtsson is not one of them.

    • Michael Larkin says:

      OTOH, maybe he’s been very clever. I notice that he’s still talking about the issues, and still being invited by the press to do so.

      • Blackswan says:

        Clever? Perhaps you’re right. I suppose it depends on what kind of ‘talking’ carries the most weight – the complaints of a now isolated victim or the bellow of moral outrage from a man in defence of science who stands his ground with other champions of the truth.

      • Graeme No.3 says:

        The Press have started to realise what the real story is. The next to break warmist ranks will find it easier to tell his side of the story than ever before.
        Conversely the faithful warmists will feel the cold wind of scepticism as they try to attack any who defect. This will make it harder than ever before to maintain a stone wall against investigations into data, methods, and behaviour. Once that concrete dam wall cracks it will crumble so rapidly that those sheltered by it will be swept away.

        Consider the politician who has voted billions to ‘fight’ AGW; how will he respond to public fury?
        Continued protection or join the baying mob? Life is about to get very unpleasant for those who thought they could control thinking, and they have very few friends.

        But we need to make sure that the flood also cleans the stables. Nothing less or the whole process will start again under another pretext.

    • RossP says:

      Blackswan

      As I have said on other blogs I think Prof Bengtsson achieved more with this simple, single action
      ( wrote a letter , got it publicised and into the MSM ) than he would have in several years working behind the scenes at the GWPF helping out with research/reviews and perhaps writing articles for their website.

      • Blackswan says:

        I’m sure you’re right Ross – I just have a natural aversion to people allowing themselves to be intimidated by thugs, even intellectual ones. Still, as you point out, there’s more than one way of achieving the same end. Thanks.

  12. Chris Wood says:

    A wonderful article and perhaps the most effective and contemptuous put down I have read. I nodded in approval so many times I now have a stiff neck!

  13. Pointman says:

    If you’ve ever worked in a bar, and I have, there’s an expression – taking out the trash. It means someone is misbehaving themselves and are basically being a pain in the butt for the regulars, so you encourage them out of the joint – feet first or head first, and you’re easy about which way it’s going to be, but it is going to happen.

    After a while, you can spot the type coming through the door and sometimes you already know all about them by reputation, because the bartender’s Mafia tend to pass the word around about undesirables.

    I’ve just had a comment in for moderation from a certain William Connolley, the creature infamous for over five thousand egregious edits of Wikipedia articles on climate, before he finally got banned from there. I’ve no doubt he’s snuck back in under yet another sock puppet persona, but he’s their problem and very definitely not going to be mine.

    I’m aware of the school of thought that allowing the occasional troll in will pump up the number of hits but as I really don’t give a rat’s ass about hits, it’s not a consideration. I’m not allowed to comment on any warmist sites under my own name, so in the spirit of reciprocity, I fail to see why I should let them into Pointy’s Bar & Grill.

    A zero tolerance policy on trolling and undesirables means exactly that, and you mate are an undesirable.

    You’re barred.

    Pointman

    • Pointman says:

      Publish away Willy, you’re yesterday’s man.

      Pointman

    • Pointman says:

      What’s it feel like Willy? To be denied a right of reply? Like your Wiki victims?

      Pointman

    • Pointman says:

      Reading skills Willy. I didn’t say you were a troll, just an undesirable.

      Pointman

    • Pointman says:

      Willy, it’s not about your comments, it’s about you. You’re an undesirable and if I let you in, it’d lower the whole tone of the joint. Pretty soon the polite company here would drift away and the place would just become a hangout for bums and drunkards high on cheap booze and their own boring egos.

      Seriously though, you’re used to being banned. Why such a hissy fit because you got the bum’s rush outta my gaff?

      Pointman

    • Pointman says:

      “You’re banning me, because you don’t want your readers to see my comments; so it cannot but be about my comments. But you’ve given no reason why.”

      But dear boy, I have and more than once – you’re an undesirable.

      “Oh, I care. About you. About your intellectual honesty. Seeing you damage yourself like this is painful.”

      Nice to know you care about me but I guess I’ll just have to limp along with the damage. Such is life, as Ned Kelly observed.

      I’m just a minor imp of Satan, why are you obsessing on a wee timorous beastie like me? It’s not like I’ve any influence.

      Pointman

    • Pointman says:

      “This is getting a bit odd. You’re now quoting my comments, but still not allowing the comments themselves to be published. I’m here to talk, if you’re prepared to have a conversation. But simply saying “you’re an undesirable” without saying why is the suppression that you claim to disdain.”

      Ah, at last. Having finally dragged you to the heart of the matter, let’s do the Socratic thing. Why would I consider you to be an undesirable?

      Get that answer right, and I’ll let you in.

      Pointman

    • Pointman says:

      Because I’m rong and you’re right. Meh, not even warm Willy. Reread the question. It’s why “I” would consider you an undesirable – reading skills laddie. This is your chance to “read” me.

      Get those little brain cells of yours racing around. That was strike one, by the way.

      Pointman

    • Pointman says:

      “I’m undesirable, because I expose the weakness of all the arguments that your “skeptical” commentators lap up”

      Nope, you’ll find the commenters here quite capable of speaking their own mind when they don’t agree with a piece. I’d never insist a contributor must concur with my viewpoint and it’s a common courtesy I fully expect in return. Just as long as it’s lucid, polite and honest.

      If that’s an example of you “reading” me, I have to say it’s pretty poor. I’ll give you a hint, since you obviously need one – it’s about data quality.

      That was strike two. Only one more chance …

      Pointman

    • Pointman says:

      One chance left and you panicked, didn’t you Willy? There wasn’t even an attempt to answer the question in that last rambling diatribe. Think yourself lucky that I wasn’t your tutor in whatever hell hole of education dribbled you out. Even then, the pig’s ear and silk purse adage would apply, I’m afraid.

      I notice a whole 3 hits from your blog amongst the hundreds of hits here today, so you’re obviously having a great old time telling me off over there. You make sure to tell all those righteous bruddas and sistas all about norty Pointy. Both of them.

      Anyway, the answer is I don’t like data pollutants and after your activities on Wiki, that’s exactly what I consider you to be and therefore an undesirable.

      Pointman

    • Pointman says:

      You don’t handle rejection very well, do you Willy? You must be stamping your foot or holding your breath until you turn blue, all to no effect. You must feel very put upon. It’s so unfair when someone can dangle you off the end of a leash and there’s nothing you can do about it. I must admit, there’s a certain buzz jerking your particular lead.

      Perhaps you’re now getting a feel for what your Wiki victims experienced.

      Pointman

      • diogenese2 says:

        Whenever Bill Connolley turns up on a blog I am transported back to 1960 and Burt Lancaster proclaiming “love is the morning and the evening star”.

    • Pointman says:

      “what you’re saying makes no sense in the wiki context. Its almost like you know nothing about it.”

      Oh I think I can speak with some authority about being one of your Wiki victims. Your activities there will not be forgotten, and if they are, I’ll make it my business to remind people. Let’s face it, in your heyday you went a little further than being a data pollutant.

      Pointman

    • Pointman says:

      “please provide us with the appropriate diff, so everyone can see just how I behaved. Or the article name, and rough date. And/or the name you edited under. See? I’m all keen to see your data”

      No problem Willy, I’m there under my real name of Michael Mann. Just amend all those bloody lies under that piece and I’ll consider letting you in.

      Pointman

      ps. Who’s the “us” by the way? It wouldn’t be that Victoria Venom or whoever person who’s also tapping on the glass to get in?

    • Pointman says:

      That should have been Victor Venema.

      Sorry Vicky or is it Vic? Did you know a company tried to market a PC called the Vic-20 in Germany and didn’t sell a single one until they renamed it to the Steinberger-20 or something.

      In German, the V in Vic is pronounced as F and is a lineal descendant of a very old Anglo-Saxon word …

      Pointman

    • Pointman says:

      Vic Venom – “I do hope that your regulars do not take offence at your language.”

      Coming from someone called Vic, that’s a larf. And don’t you mention Miss Curry, I’m getting to quite like her. I might even become a fan. Heaven and Earth Horatio …

      Pointman

    • Pointman says:

      “You’ve provided an excuse (almost unbelievably tenuous, and not really believable by anyone of good faith, but an excuse nonetheless) for banning me. But you have no such excuse for VV,”

      With a name like Vic Venom and his association with the likes of you, I’d ban him just on general principles.

      “unless you’ve got something new to say, I’ll leave you to it.”

      Thank God for that. Some people just can’t take a hint.

      Run along now and bother someone else. And take your verminous little friend with you.

      Pointman

      • hoppers says:

        “You’re banning me, because you don’t want your readers to see my comments; so it cannot but be about my comments. But you’ve given no reason why.”

        A few posts back I commented that the warmists were losing the argument because they’re horrible.

        William, his Stoat blog and wiki exploits were partly in mind when I wrote those words.

        He may be a skilled programmer, but he lacks the imagination to understand how his strident outpourings and jack booted wiki antics damaged the cause he espouses.

        Best keep him away from this place Pointman. I rather like the company here, and would prefer it were not poisoned.

        If I feel the need to hear Williams’ views, I’ll pop over to his place (yes I like to read both sides of the argument)

      • Thank you, Pointman, for one of the most exquisite ‘exchanges’ I’ve ever seen on the internet. William is not an unintelligent man, and I can’t believe that he didn’t know exactly what he had to say to be allowed in.
        The most telling point is that a few years ago someone like William wouldn’t have deigned to so much as visit Pointmans, now he’s willing to be dangled like a fool on the off chance of posting a comment. The tide is turning, friends.

      • omnologos says:

        Remember guys Conn is the guy who wrote that by 1972 the notion of a global cooling trend was widely accepted (his words) in a paper claiming that global cooling consensus in the 1970s was a myth (his words).

        He’ll never admit anything, not even his own words, if the Cause is at stake.

    • Scott Basinger says:

      Classic. You’ve just earned yourself another raving fan, sir. Mind if I stay for a drink?

  14. meltemian says:

    Your Blog, Your Rules Pointy.
    Can’t argue with that however hard some people try!

  15. tallbloke says:

    Reblogged this on Tallbloke's Talkshop and commented:
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    Pointman analyses the wider import of the Lennart Bengtsson debacle.

  16. Peewhit says:

    Lennart Bengtsson is 79 years old. At that age I think that he would not feel like going on a crusade. It is an age where you might like to relax and enjoy any respect and comfort you have gained over the years.

  17. Gail Combs says:

    Excellent article Pointy, and I loved the one sided conversation with Willy the Troll Connelly.

    Most skeptics have had a gullet full of his propaganda, but you know you have hit a real sore point when the King of Trolls shows up to try and do some damage control.

  18. nofixedaddress says:

    Is it just me or does anyone know if SteynOnline.com has been trashed?

  19. nofixedaddress says:

    Pointman,

    It seems appropriate that Willy Connelly should be featured on your post entitled “the Age of Unenlightenment”… lol

  20. Pointman says:

    “Climate scientists and researchers who dissent even slightly from the talking points of politicians and environmental groups are intimidated and ostracized, said one congressional witness. Politics, the witness said, takes a lead role over science in the study of global warming”

    http://dailycaller.com/2014/05/29/scientists-say-ipcc-puts-politics-before-science-needs-reform/

    P

  21. Shoshin says:

    Excellent insights Pointman. After 7 years of holding alarmist feet to the fire on Scientific American I was finally banned for pointing out that Michael Mann, despite his claims, did not actually receive the Nobel Prize. I guess the SCIAM editors were scared of being sued for publishing facts and prefer to stick to fiction.

  22. Red Nek Engineer says:

    Excellent and right on the mark. I posted an attack on the EPA and its plans that Obama will unleash this week here (http://icecap.us/index.php/go/joes-blog/why_obamas_epa_plan_is_not_needed2/) with examples of how when the data doesn’t fit the theory and models, they have blatantly adjusted the data instead of rethinking the models. It is all politically driven.

  23. gator says:

    This is a surprisingly open admission of what the anti-science people have been doing for years. You can’t address the science, so you attack the scientists.

  24. Mike Canberra says:

    An excellent post and yes a very valid hypothesis that the global warming movement is now fighting an end game. Unfortunately this is likely not the end since we need to examine what at the core what the environmentalism aim is. I suggest considering all issues these groups consider important and use all power they have available implement. All lead one way a reduction in population. Nuclear power, fossil fuels, gm crops, use of chlorine they are against but are for costly agrarian farming, intermittent electricity. India has recently realised the overall threat and taken action against Greenpeace when western countries follow the end game has truly started.

  25. Brian H says:

    ” If you’ve any doubt about that, then you haven’t thought about the significance of last Friday’s front page of the Times.” Umm, no. Don’t get delivery. And can’t find that on the web. How about a clue, or a quote?

    [Snip]

  26. evanmjones says:

    Their first stab was something called post-normal science, which when you strip off the sociology verbiage and oily sophistry, was nothing more than a proposal to abandon the scientific method.

    It involves risk assessment in conditions where there are large unknowns. And it is issues like climate change that it applies to best. PNS is a valid theory. Really, it is.

    It’s just that it is unsuitable for the use of the human animal. (Q.E.D.)

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