The Weaponisation of pure Research.

sb01

In the beginning was the idea, because nothing moves across the face of the waters until the idea comes into existence, and it comes in two varieties. The first one is an idea you’re pretty sure is viable but what remains to be done is working out the exact mechanism to make it become a reality. It’s … Continue reading

The Age of Unenlightenment.

inquis01

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 … Continue reading

Why would anyone believe a single word coming out of their mouth?

liar01

One of the climate alarmist’s standard responses to any criticism of the theory of global warming is that unless the person is a climate scientist themselves, the point being made is from a position of ignorance and can therefore be ignored. As with most propaganda designed to silence any opposition, there’s an element of truth … Continue reading

La, la, la. I can’t hear you, I’m not listening.

LK01

I’ve been watching the slow and gory deconstruction of the latest attempt to rehabilitate the hockey stick, otherwise known as the Marcott et al paper. It’s a bit voyeuristic, but you just can’t help yourself in the end. Within the context of the skeptic blogosphere, it’s the latest Christian thrown into the arena to be … Continue reading

We’re going to have to do something about peer review.

Time to review peer review ...

Not too many years ago, there were two researchers who discovered that stomach ulcers were not the result of a stressful lifestyle, but simply an infection. The idea that ulcers were related to a high stress lifestyle was so deeply embedded in the medical establishment psyche, they couldn’t get a fair hearing, never mind getting … Continue reading

Is climate science just a belief?

How to "lose" data ...

The alarmists in the climate debate have what they think of as this magic ace of trumps card, called peer review. If they actually knew something about the peer review process, perhaps they’d realise it isn’t a guarantee of anything much. It really isn’t. In brief, the process is as follows. A scientist does some … Continue reading

Lies, damn lies and polls.

Depends who's asking ...

Some time ago and in the context of climategate, I put forward the opinion that it would eventually produce two big losers and one big winner. The two losers were going to be climate science and the mainstream media (MSM), while the big winner was going to be the blogosphere. Climategate, important though it was, was just … Continue reading