New branch of science coined on WUWT

While we wait for Nick Stokes and David Appell to work up excuses for their embracing the “climate scientists get death threats” fiasco, I thought I’d share this spinoff of this short passage I wrote yesterday:

Likewise, blogger/scientist Nick Stokes, who fancies himself as being cool and methodical, was completely taken in, and like Appell, seems unable to come to terms with his own quik-set epoxy position that seems to be a product of the tribalism he and Appell share.

Inspired, Benjamin D. Hillicoss has coined this new branch of post normal science, with a hat tip to climate science.

Benjamin D. Hillicoss writes:

May 29, 2012 at 7:40 am

epoxology: the science of sticking (permanently) to an untenable position

So many applications, so little time. In this case, I think we can say “the science is set”.

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UPDATE: Via slashdot, here is something that Appell and Stokes really should be worried about, as should we all:

quoting Nature: “A loose coalition of eco-anarchist groups is increasingly launching violent attacks on scientists. A group calling itself the Olga Cell of the Informal Anarchist Federation International Revolutionary Front has claimed responsibility for the non-fatal shooting of a nuclear-engineering executive on 7 May in Genoa. The same group sent a letter bomb to a Swiss pro-nuclear lobby group in 2011; attempted to bomb IBM’s nanotechnology laboratory in Switzerland in 2010; and has ties with a group responsible for at least four bomb attacks on nanotechnology facilities in Mexico. Another branch of the group attacked railway signals in Bristol, UK, last week in an attempt to disrupt employees of nearby defense technology firms (no word on whether anyone noticed the difference between an anarchist attack and a normal Wednesday on the UK’s railways). A report by Swiss intelligence says such loosely affiliated groups are increasingly working together.”

http://www.nature.com/news/anarchists-attack-science-1.10729

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94 thoughts on “New branch of science coined on WUWT

  1. I’m certainly not going to be the one who says that this is a sticky situation for Appell or that Nick Stokes is in a bit of a sticky wicket… or mention the social glue that the warmists and their buddies claim is supposed to bind us together…

  2. Could be said of Appell and Stokes-
    “You are stuck on stupid”.-Lt. Gen. Russel Honore

  3. I have been accused of having a degree in Epoxology. Just because I like to philosophize about odd things and I am not quick to give in…I do believe the (permanently) should have the ( ) removed… ;-)

    There is a difference between not giving in…and not knowing when to give up.

    “Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never–in nothing, great or small, large or petty–never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” – Churchill

  4. “Olga Cell of the Informal Anarchist Federation International Revolutionary Front”. That’s a mouthful. I wonder if they have problems getting all of that on Business cards?

    Let’s see ‘OCIAFIRF’. Na, not nearly as interesting as “HYDRA”, “COBRA”, or “SMERSH”.

  5. Andrew Newberg: Is the Churchill quote from WW I or WW II eras, that is pre-Gallipoli or pre-Battle for Britain? Just wondering because context can be important.

  6. “A loose coalition of eco-anarchist groups is increasingly launching violent attacks on scientists. A group calling itself the Olga Cell of the Informal Anarchist Federation International Revolutionary Front has claimed responsibility for the non-fatal shooting of a nuclear-engineering executive on 7 May in Genoa. The same group sent a letter bomb to a Swiss pro-nuclear lobby group in 2011; attempted to bomb IBM’s nanotechnology laboratory in Switzerland in 2010; and has ties with a group responsible for at least four bomb attacks on nanotechnology facilities in Mexico. Another branch of the group attacked railway signals in Bristol, UK, last week in an attempt to disrupt employees of nearby defense technology firms “

    But — have they sent any threatening e-mails…?

  7. Luther Wu: “Could be said of Appell and Stokes ‘You are stuck on stupid’.”

    or…

    They’re stuck on bandwagon-aid, ’cause bandwagon-aid’s stuck on them.

    Just goes to show you, when you circle the wagons on unstable ground, it’s best to stick them together with a thick coat of epoxology.

  8. A loose coalition of eco-anarchist groups

    Gosh, it’s just a great big ol’ co-inky-dink that they all share exactly the same goals, slogans, & philosophy. Weird how they were all just sitting around thinking exactly the same things and targetting exactly the same groups and people. I mean, it’s not like PETA or Greenpeace would ever knowingly hire criminally convicted, violent terrorists to give speeches in schools.

  9. Nick always shows up to use the most miniscule, minute, often irrelevant detail as a defense for the indefensible. I guess his microsope isn’t powerful to find a nit to pick on this subject.

  10. I would think ‘Epoxology’ would be the science of splicing heterogeneous datasets.

    …such as required in making hockey sticks.

  11. To summarize:
    New branch of science.
    The dawning of the ‘Age of Resinnobleness.
    Epoxology: the science of sticking (permanently) to an untenable position – A quik-set epoxy position – a product of the tribalism – Having one’s feet so firmly set in a permanent position
    An ideal permanent inflexible un movable position fixer.
    Stronger than the strongest Yamal glue or The Glieck Stick,a permanent bonding agent will fix a decline permanently

    So many applications, so little time. In this case, I think we can say, “The science is set”.

    Available at your local Gluniversity Climate Dept.
    LOL

  12. A group calling itself the Olga Cell of the Informal Anarchist Federation International Revolutionary Front has claimed responsibility for the non-fatal shooting of a nuclear-engineering executive
    ====================
    …if they had been a better shot……………..

  13. Climate scientists -sick of trying to nail a jelly to the ceiling ? try new epoxolological methods, guaranteed to make anything stick

  14. ‘Epoxology’ – another word (idiomatic) for the study of ‘sticking it to you’ ! Love it.
    Thus, having been epoxologised by Government green policies, by the 300B tied up in carbon exchange, by the banks, by the IPCC, hockey sticks et al. all in the name of ‘Save the Planet’ we have in fact the unintended consequence of demonstrating that the supporting MSM, the bureaucrats, policy makers and ruling class are welded to the idea of ‘control by taxation’. Expressed eruditely by AE: “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the the universe.”

  15. paddylol says:
    May 29, 2012 at 1:18 pm
    Cute. witty and I did laugh but…

    Let’s not be mean to the Yankees.

    They like their heroes.
    They are welcome to their heroes.
    And this is their home, after all.

  16. I would argue that these guys do not practise the science of ‘Epoxology’, instead worshipping the Goddess, Araldite. Clearly a religion not a science.

  17. Heh! Even a non-fatal shooting is kinda more serious act than an actual death threat, is not it? Not to mention an imaginary one…

  18. Nick and Appell – com’on it only hurts for a little while, and acceptance is readily yours at WUWT-were not on the synod of hockey team bishops. If you insist on sticking to your guns, epox on your heads.

  19. Gary Pearse: Are you kidding – have you ever tried to rip set epoxy off your skin? I takes layers with it. PAINFUL!

  20. When you practice expoxology, you get stuck to a tree’s resin.
    When you get stuck to a tree’s resin, you get stuck to the Hockey Stick made from that tree.
    When you get stuck to the Hockey Stick, you resent the team that made it.
    When you resent the team that made it, you resent the Mann leading the team.
    When you resent the Mann leading the team, you become an anarchist.
    When you become an anarchist, you get stuck in a group calling itself “Olga Cell of the Informal Anarchist Federation International Revolutionary Front”.
    Don’t get stuck in a group calling itself “Olga Cell of the Informal Anarchist Federation International Revolutionary Front”.

  21. I don’t see the relationship between the intellectual luddites and the update about technological luddites.

  22. Olga Cell of the Informal Anarchist Federation International Revolutionary Front

    As distinct from the Popular Anarchist Federation International Revolutionary Front, and the Peoples Anarchist Federation International Revolutionary Front, and the Popular, Peoples Anarchist Federation International Revolutionary Front….

    Splitters…

  23. One may surmise that violent eco-anarchists obtain a good part of their rationale from the extreme statements of certain eco-activist scientists. These scientists will have to accept moral responsibility for what the anarcho-folks do. Someone’s “death-train” rhetoric may well come back to haunt him.

  24. ‘Olga Cell of the Informal Anarchist Federation International Revolutionary Front’ ? Splitters !

    Signed ‘The Peoples Front for the Informal Anarchist Federation of International Revolutionaries’

  25. “A loose coalition of eco-anarchist groups is increasingly launching violent attacks on scientists.”

    Scientists? Then I guess Hansen, Mann, Schmidt, Briffa, Jones, etc. have nothing to worry about.

  26. @paddylol

    “On October 29, 1941, United Kingdom (Great Britain) Prime Minister Winston Churchill visited Harrow School to to hear the traditional songs he had sung there as a youth, as well as to speak to the students. This became one of his most quoted speeches, due to distortions that evolved about what he actually said.
    The myth is that Churchill stood before the students and said, “Never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, give in. Never give in. Never give in. Never give in.” Then he sat down. In reality, he made a complete speech that included words similar to what are often quoted. Also, some believe he said, “Never give up.” That too is incorrect.”

    http://www.school-for-champions.com/speeches/churchill_never_give_in.htm

    Anthony posted the YouTube video of the speech on the Christmas Tread…

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/12/24/merry-christmas-open-thread/

    But yeah…your point is well taken. Gallipoli was an over reach. I do recall reading somewhere…he was undermined by the Navy during the invasion. Don’t forget his quote about history being kind to him…no doubt my opinion of his exploits are biased.

    I believe in the context of this thread…the quote works.

    Perhaps Nick Stokes and David Appell are channeling the Pre Gallipoli Churchill…

    Churchill was only 40 at the time, he paid the price and gained some wisdom…I think.

  27. All that’s left now for the Epoxologists to determine is, thru such gooey modeling: what extreme temperature allows this resin to ‘cure’ to full strength?…better increase their funding…

  28. Ever since I felt a bomb go off in London thirty odd years ago (I was in a shop basement). I realised then that if it wasn’t one bunch of nutters it would be another. I grew fond of long net curtains on the windows for a while. Later! it seemed the bombs would only get bigger and the nutters more extreme.

  29. Gunga Din says:
    May 29, 2012 at 2:14 pm
    When you practice expoxology, you get stuck to a tree’s resin.
    ====================================
    Since the phrase was coined here, will I go down in history as the first person to misspell it?

  30. Gallipoli: wasn’t that the campaign where the recalled retired Crimean war generals decided to camp on the beach and give the Turks time to set their defenses rather than doing the called for amphibious landing and immediate assault to take the cliffs and drive in far enough to protect the beach head? Taking tea on the beach got an awful lot of good men killed. Of course the First Lord of the Admiralty should take the blame for the incompetence of some geezer field generals who should have been at the gentleman’s club in London regaling all about with stories of their past daring-do.

    Of course I may be being too harsh on the leadership, but history shows they waited long enough for the light garrison to be reinforced, assuring their defeat. It would have been a bloody campaign in any regards.

    Sorry mods for taking this way off topic.

  31. Epoxology – and then when that’s not enough, try out what keeps (kept?)
    the hockey stick together – Crazy Glue

  32. boodledug says:
    May 29, 2012 at 2:32 pm
    ‘Olga Cell of the Informal Anarchist Federation International Revolutionary Front’ ? Splitters !

    Signed ‘The Peoples Front for the Informal Anarchist Federation of International Revolutionaries’
    ———————————–
    Member AFL-CIO?

  33. . . . quoting Nature: “A loose coalition of eco-anarchist groups is increasingly launching violent attacks on scientists. . .

    Worrisome development. Shades of the Unabomber (eco-terrorists?).Not too anarchistic to organize:

    The “Informal Anarchist Federation International Revolutionary Front”;

    .” . . talk of a “blossoming” of a more organized eco-anarchist movement.”

    With the addition of ‘eco-‘ this is the language of the radical left in the 1930s. I wonder where their money is coming from. . .

    /Mr Lynn

  34. AnonyMoose says:
    May 29, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    I don’t see the relationship between the intellectual luddites and the update about technological luddites.
    _________________________
    It is because Nick Stokes and David Appell are epoxyed to the position that the death threats/harassment was real when Chubb has recanted admitting it was a tempest in a tea pot if that.

    The eco-anarchist groups (who support the same beliefs as Nick and David have PROVED beyond a shadow of a doubt they are a heck of a lot more dangerous then what Nick and David were throwing such a hissy fit about.

  35. I prefer Orwell’s crimestop. the faculty of stopping short, as though by instinct, at the threshold of any dangerous thought. It includes the power of not grasping analogies, of failing to perceive logical errors, of misunderstanding the simplest arguments if they are inimical to Ingsoc, and of being bored or repelled by any train of thought which is capable of leading in a heretical direction. Crimestop, in short, means protective stupidity.

  36. Epoxology? Tolstoy nailed it long ago:

    “I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives.”

  37. I prefer the new science of Crimatology.

    On another note, the “Informal Anarchist Federation International Revolutionary Front” cannot, of course, like, you know, formalize anything suh as, like, an argument, you know.

    I suggest they rename themselves the “Anarchists Repudiating Socialist Establishments”; ARSE for short

  38. Gunga Din says @ May 29, 2012 at 2:14 pm
    When you practice expoxology, you get stuck to a tree’s resin.
    ====================================
    Since the phrase was coined here, will I go down in history as the first person to misspell it?

    Indeed, Mr. Din, you will live in internet imfamy in perpetuaty. You are a master mispeller. Yo u should be on Youtube – obviously miss spelling is a friend of yours.

  39. Robert of Ottawa says:
    May 29, 2012 at 5:56 pm
    Gunga Din says @ May 29, 2012 at 2:14 pm
    When you practice expoxology, you get stuck to a tree’s resin.
    ====================================
    Since the phrase was coined here, will I go down in history as the first person to misspell it?

    Indeed, Mr. Din, you will live in internet imfamy in perpetuaty. You are a master mispeller. Yo u should be on Youtube – obviously miss spelling is a friend of yours.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    If only my wife’s maiden name was “Spelling” …………. Oh, what a comeback I’d have! 8-)

  40. I’m betting all these anarchist groups have a strictly hierarchical structure. Can I put a dollar down at Ladbrokes, and what are the odds?

    gt

  41. Hey REP, how about just leaving off the actual acronym and let folks work it out for themselves? It’s such a great line!

  42. Owen in GA says:

    May 29, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    “Gallipoli: ……

    Sorry mods for taking this way off topic.”

    Owen…we are debating the term:
    Epoxology: the science of sticking (permanently) to an untenable position.

    I don’t think Anthony minds, I doubt Sir Winston would mind…

  43. So now when the Team comes up with one of their ludicrous projections, we can ask them:

    “Do your source data consist of unadjusted field measurements, or are they just epoxymations?

    Come to think of it, that might be a question that even Michael Mann cannot slip out of.

    Perhaps we should ask it, the next time we make contact with him.

    Careful, though. He might come unglued when he hears the question. Or, he might try to enjoin the question by inventing rules that questioners must adhere to.

    RTF

  44. Graduate student to “Professor” Mann:
    Doctor Mann, how are we going to get out of the latest bind that we have gotten ourselves in?

    Mann’s reply:
    Schtick with me, and you’ll see.

    RTF

  45. I’d also note that the advent of this new field of knowledge, epoxology, potentially brings a whole new meaning to the term “composite dendro reconstruction”.

    So now, when they say something like, “This new reconstruction is so much better than the old one because this one is a composite reconstruction”, but they won’t give us the data for the new work …. I’ll have to wonder in what sense the term “composite” was really intended — the statistical sense, or the epoxological one!

    RTF

  46. Alex Heyworth says:
    May 29, 2012 at 8:48 pm
    I suppose Scott Mandia might see himself as Super Glue.

    Fair enough — the rest of us see him as Crazy Glue…

  47. Richard T. Fowler says:
    He might come unglued when he hears the question. Or, he might try to enjoin the question by inventing rules that questioners must adhere to.

    Owwwwwww…

  48. Hey, you saw Owen in Ga.; epoxology can hurt. Anyway, I’m just saying these folks are gonna try to stick it to us any way they can, you know, like the spitballs they throw at Steve M., they’re gonna try to gum up the works and all, with schticky situations, and we gotta be ready for ‘em. We can’t just sit on our glueteus or whatever, we gotta get out there and mix it up a little…. I’m sure you’d agree…. ;)

    RTF

  49. Yamal: One Ring to Rule Y’All…..
    Hockey Schticks and Cherry Picks?!
    ClimateGate (Oh No!) begats ClimategGate 2.0!
    Hide The Decline andassume a positive H2O feedback sign???
    Now, ‘Epoxology’ reprises tree ring phrenology!!!!

    Whew – I’m Exhaustipated! I’m just toooo tired to give a crap, anymore….

  50. Hmmmm…..
    And perhaps doggedly asserting that something is a truth due to a “Green Agenda”, even in the face of fact to the contrary, could be:

    Epoxicology….

    Think: Asserting windmills are “Green” while sweeping up thousands of dead birds and bats…

  51. Another branch of the group attacked railway signals in Bristol, UK, last week in an attempt to disrupt employees of nearby defense technology firms (no word on whether anyone noticed the difference between an anarchist attack and a normal Wednesday on the UK’s railways)
    I just love this bit, how is anyone meant to notice an attack on the railways from their normal operation following the major stupidity of what the EU has done to them.
    James Bull

  52. From Richard T. Fowler on May 29, 2012 at 8:47 pm:

    I’d also note that the advent of this new field of knowledge, epoxology, potentially brings a whole new meaning to the term “composite dendro reconstruction”.

    One can epoxy together as many turds as one wants, doesn’t make it anything but a larger pile of turds. At some point it might be classified as modern art, but still won’t be good science.

  53. Stuck on climate change, stuck on the causes of climate change

    (h/t Tony Blair)

  54. ’tis only a matter of time before greenie nutjob s start sending fake email death-threats to climate scientists to make it look like they really ARE under threat.

  55. epoxology: the science of sticking (permanently) to an untenable position

    eproxylogy : the science of mixing 2 principal components to make anything stick, even hockey.

  56. In my years of exoxological studies I have found a way to reverse the side effects of this science…

    The immediate removal of the binding re-agent causes the bond holding the two principal components together to vanish. This causes immediate failure. The binding agent in question…Money. It goes by many names…the greenback, the Euro, Yen, Won, even the Pound Sterling…but watch what happens when removed from the equation.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-05-29/spain-ejects-clean-power-industry-with-europe-precedent-energy.html

    “Spain halted subsidies for new renewable-energy projects in January”

    “They destroyed the Spanish market overnight with the moratorium,” European Wind Energy Association Chief Executive Officer Christian Kjaer said in an interview. “The wider implication of this is that if Spanish politicians can do that, probably most European politicians can do that.”

  57. I must be perverse. I’m dying to know what it was that Anthony snipped earlier.

    REPLY: It was a news item that I didn’t want to cover here, because it will give some angry and irrational people who hate me (and there are more than a few now), some ideas that could harm me and my family. – Anthony

  58. Epoxies are two part glues. A base and a catalyst.

    Appell and Stokes are the bases.

    Real observations, truth, scientific method and open science are the catalysts.

  59. To the tune of “Stuck in the Middle with You”

    Well I don’t know why I caused such a fright,
    I had the feeling that something ain’t right,
    I made a scare of some emails out there,
    And I’m wondering how my rep now will fare,
    Clowns to the left of me,
    Jokers to the right, here I am,
    Stuck in Yamal on a yew.

    Yes I’m stuck in Yamal on a yew,
    And I’m wondering what it is I should do,
    It’s so hard to keep this smile from my face,
    Losing control, yeah, I’m all over the place,
    Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right,
    Here I am, stuck in Yamal on a yew.

    (Sorry, but time doesn’t permit me to do the whole song. Maybe someone else will continue….?)

  60. Eproxycology: the study of the hardened mindset which holds that calculated or proxy outputs are a better representation of reality than empirical data.

    Epoxycology: the study of the irreversible mindset that turns any base and otherwise worthless speculation into a hardened world view impervious to any neutralising falsification.

    Epoxycologist: an expert in the treatment of any Epoxycological (hard, cancer-like) growths that destroy the logic processing ability of the suffer’s brain while simultaneously inflating the ego to life-threatening proportions; also see Appell Juice.

    Stokeiometry: the measurement of irrational climate alarm; metrics are used to quantify the speed, direction and risk of violence posed by any rising storm of B.S. These alarmist measurements can be made the wild or on just about anything found in Nature. The journal reader is cautioned that Climate B.S. is an integral part of Nature’s editorial policy and carries a CAGW+14 parental warning.

  61. Myles Allen definitely has an advanced degree of Epoxology. He seems to be anchored in it.

    His future may be plastered to the sticky bonds of the cohesive forces of the fragile adhesion and failure of the manufacturing activities associated with hockey sticks.

  62. “mikemUK says:
    May 30, 2012 at 12:11 pm
    I, too, used to adhere to the CAGW faith, until I was fully cured.”

    Oh, I like that one! The others were really good too. Obviously sceptics are good punologists too.

    “Gunga Din says:
    May 30, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Good grief! That one’s going to haunt me for hours.
    “…Here I am, stuck in Yamal on a yew
    Here I am, stuck in Yamal on a yew…”

  63. (I still didn’t do the whole song but I revised the second verse to fit the situation better.)

    To the tune of “Stuck in the Middle with You”

    Well I don’t know why I caused such a fright,
    I had the feeling that something ain’t right,
    I made a scare of some emails out there,
    And I’m wondering how my rep now will fare,
    Clowns to the left of me,
    Jokers to the right, here I am,
    Stuck in Yamal on a yew.

    Yes I’m stuck in Yamal on a yew,
    The “threats” were against kangaroos,
    It’s so hard to keep this egg off my face,
    Damage control, yeah, “Someone invaded their space,”
    Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right,
    Here I am, stuck in Yamal on a yew.

  64. Just wondering: Is there now an official need for a new field of medicine: epoxyproctology?
    Granted, though, epoxyproctologists might encounter dangers from having to unstick the intellectual constipation of the diseased.

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