Newsbytes: Science Is About Evidence, Not Consensus

From the GWPF and Dr. Benny Peiser

Met Office Gets A Roasting Over ‘Wet Summers’ Forecast

Science does not respect consensus. There was once widespread agreement about phlogiston (a nonexistent element said to be a crucial part of combustion), eugenics, the impossibility of continental drift, the idea that genes were made of protein (not DNA) and stomach ulcers were caused by stress, and so forth—all of which proved false. Science, Richard Feyman once said, is “the belief in the ignorance of experts.” So, yes, it is the evidence that persuades me whether a theory is right or wrong, and no, I could not care less what the “consensus” says. –Matt Ridley, The Wall Street Journal, 6 July 2013

This week’s World Meterological Organisation’s report “The Global Climate 2001-2010: A Decade Of Climate Extremes,” attracted little publicity. This is probably a good thing as it is one of the most muddled and inaccurate reports I have ever read from an international organisation. It is about ‘climate extremes’ in the last decade which it claims are unprecedented. The WMO thinks ten years are enough to detect climatological weather effects with certainty. It seems to fit a recurrent pattern amongst some climate analysts that ten years is enough to see what you want to see, but not long enough to see what you don’t. –David Whitehouse, The Global Warming Policy Foundation, 5 July 2013

Britain was this weekend basking in sunshine — just three weeks after the country was warned to prepare for a decade of soggy summers. Britons could be forgiven for some scepticism, given predictions by the Met Office last month that wet summers might last for a decade or more. The Met Office has struggled with long-term weather predictions — notoriously predicting a “barbecue summer” in 2009 before heavy and prolonged rainfall. Tourism managers called for the Met Office to concentrate on accurate, short-term forecasts. Mark Smith, director of tourism at Bournemouth council, said: “People are totally confused. One minute they are told global warming is going to result in hotter summers and the next minute they are told it is going to be soggy. We want accurate, short-term forecasts.” –Jon Ungoed-Thomas, The Sunday Times, 7 July 2013

A pillar of global-warming alarm has come under criticism from a country with more than most at stake. The Netherlands called for reform of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the creature of the United Nations and World Meteorological Organization considered by many to offer the final word on climate science. With its credibility and authority under question, the IPCC now hears from the Dutch government that it should adjust its focus and organization to policy and societal needs. –Bob Tippee, Oil and Gas Journal, 5 July 2013

It’s particularly trendy among politicians and members of the media to be worried about climate change. When President Obama recently spoke before a crowd in Berlin, he said that climate change “is the global threat of our time.” But that’s not true. Just a cursory glance around the world reveals that, given the enormous problems facing our planet, it would be surprising if climate change cracked a list of the top 10 immediate concerns. What the average person in the Westernized world considers to be a big problem is rarely aligned with reality. Instead, our concerns are more of a reflection of what our culture and the media say our concerns should be. –Alex Berezow, RealClearScience, 8 July 2013

One of the curiosities of this Government in this area is that we have not one energy policy, but two. This Bill represents one of them. Calling it an energy Bill is somewhat misleading; it should have been called a decarbonisation Bill, or maybe an anti-energy Bill. Nevertheless, ostensibly it is an energy Bill. That policy is out of date, if it ever was in date. The only way in which you can make sense of these two conflicting energy policies is if you think that the purpose of developing our resources of indigenous shale gas — we cannot use it here because of this Bill — is for it to be exported to our competitors so that they can have the benefit of the cheap energy that we are forgoing. That is the only way in which you can reconcile the two policies. Of course, it is complete rubbish, complete nonsense. It is the economics and the politics of the mad house. –Nigel Lawson, House of Lords, 2 July 2013

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52 thoughts on “Newsbytes: Science Is About Evidence, Not Consensus

  1. It would be wrong to forget another scienciness classic: “You cannot prove that humans do not significantly alter the climate.” Not my hypothesis, not my job. I just have to poke holes in YOUR theory.

  2. Anthony, why do you keep citing contental drift as an hypothesis that was rejected and has been accepted as correct?

    Continental drift is not plate tectonics. Some of the evidence and observations for for each is the same but they are not the same theories. Continental drift theory failed because the proposed mechanism for the movement of the continents was incorrect.

    REPLY: take it up with the author of the essay, this is simply a collection of news article snippets – Anthony

  3. I suspect that Dr. Feynman is turning over in his grave fast enough that if you could hook him to a generator you could power a fair sized city. We sorely miss his commentary on all of this, perhaps some might pay attention, but if they ignore Dyson probably not. OTOH perhaps it’s best he’s not around to witness the sorry state to which science has sunk in this post normal world.

  4. “We sorely miss his commentary on all of this, perhaps some might pay attention, but if they ignore Dyson probably not.”

    There was a NYT or New Yorker article a few years ago on Dyson, where the writer of the piece called him dumb and senile because Dyson didn’t buy into everything the consensus dictates..

  5. ‘When President Obama recently spoke before a crowd in Berlin, he said that climate change “is the global threat of our time.”’

    Not to put too fine a point on it (ok, what the heck, I will put a fine point on it) I actually think Obama is the global threat of our time. I mean, c’mon, he’s supposedly the leader of the free world (yes, I know that’s becoming an antiquated notion) and we don’t even know what his real name is. Is it Barrrrak, or Baaaark, or Baraaaak? Even he hadda guess how to pronounce it. Or, is it Barry? Is it Dunham, or Obama? He used to go by Barry Dunham. See what I mean? Even he doesn’t know what his name is. The most powerful man in the world (yikes!) and we don’t, and he doesn’t, know his name.

    I think I’d get that right before I started talking about climate change (oh, have I grown to hate that term), and policies for the whole world.

  6. “It seems to fit a recurrent pattern amongst some climate analysts that ten years is enough to see what you want to see, but not long enough to see what you don’t.” –David Whitehouse

    Succinct. Masterful use of English.

    Also, I don’t normally go for Josh cartoons, but the ’50 Shades of Grey Literature” hits the spot.

  7. Bournemouth council, said: “People are totally confused. One minute they are told global warming is going to result in hotter summers and the next minute they are told it is going to be soggy.

    When the Met Office said to prepare for wetter summers I warned everyone to expect hotter, drier summers. Lo and behold:

    Sunday 7th, Warmest day of the year so far.
    Hurn at Bournemouth was the warmest spot on Sunday, they reported 29.7C at 14:37pm beating the year’s current record of 28.1C seen at Heathrow on Saturday 6th July. Heathrow reported 29.5C, Southampton reported 29.2C and Cardiff reported 28.3C (warmest day of the year so far for Wales). Temperatures reached 29C at Wimbledon for the Men’s Singles Final….
    Met Office

    This is how you deal with Met Office forecasts beyond 10 days.

  8. The sorry state of science indeed Severian.

    I resent the debasement of my hard-earned science PhD by these duplicitous self-serving charlatans who have managed to infect the very upper echelons of learned societies. You can get any piece of claptrap published by linking it, somehow, to climate change. I used to think doing association work, usually at the expense of your employer, was just self promotion. Guess I was right.

  9. Sounds to me like the Dutch are telling the IPCC to pull off the mask and quit pretending climate science is a hard science rather than a socil science. Quite consistent then with both the original intentions of the Brundtland Commission and with the push being put together , at our expense, by the Future Earth Alliance.

    We could simply shorthand it all as Ready to Rule Now as Governments globally give up the game of controlling the direction of the economy for their benefit. Plus obsequious cronies which every Big Business is now pressured to be to survive.

    Anthony–I think you would like George Gilder’s new book Knowledge and Power and his belief that Silicon Valley simply does not understand the physics of green energy. That information cannot override physics if physical production is the whole point.

  10. Tom J says:
    July 8, 2013 at 8:52 am
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    I throw a “Soetoro”-gauntlet before you, too.

  11. Anthony says ” take it up with the author of the essay, this is simply a collection of news article snippets – Anthony”

    Sorry, I saw it posted by you and did not recognize that it reflected blog postings of others.

  12. More exciting news from the UK !

    Today saw the announcement of a new curriculum for primary and secondary schoolchildren in England

    http://news.sky.com/story/1112734/schools-national-curriculum-changes-unveiled

    In science, the emphasis will be on hard facts and “scientific knowledge”

    However, political correctness is redressed by the inclusion of climate change in the geography syllabus for secondary schools

    Prime Minister Cameron hailed the proposed changes, saying “This is a curriculum to inspire a generation and it will educate the great British engineers, scientists, writers and thinkers of the future”

    A steady stream of right-thinking future recruits for the UK Met Office is thereby assured

  13. How is Britain going to cope with intermittent “green” energy????????

    http://www.eureferendum.com/blogview.aspx?blogno=84095

    “On 5 July 2010, the company asked Redcar and Cleveland District Council to approve to approve a 20MW “standby small scale embedded power plant” near Grangetown. It was to employ 52 diesel generators. Approval was given on 2 September 2010″

    Seems they’re popping up everywhere

    “A month later, the Birmingham-based company was awarded a 15-year Short Term Operating Reserve (STOR) contract with National Grid to develop a series of twelve, diesel-powered 20MW generating plants.”

    It would appear that the green shortfall will be made up for by diesel,

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/energy/10163570/Our-lights-will-stay-on-but-it-will-cost-us-a-fortune.html

    “Those operators already signed up can supply 3.2GW to the grid, and this is estimated to rise within a few years to 8GW (estimates of the potential supply from such stand-by generators are between 20 and 30GW)”

    20 TO 30GW of diesel power, Now that’s what I call green.

  14. Am not going to be to hard on the Met Office over this one.
    There has been a running trend of the Polar jet moving southwards over the UK during the summers since 2007. lts only during this summer month where the jet has taken a wander further up to the north for a welcome change. But it looks like it won’t last into August as it looks like the jet will be moving back south again. With a return to cooler more unsettled weather. So the forecast should not be wrote off just yet.

  15. 97% of skeptics agree that science is not about consensus? :)
    @John in L du B: great comment! With some of the stuff I see in climate science it does appear that doctorates can be obtained with significantly less rigor than I seem to recall.

  16. @mwhite –
    Here in the US, because of the unreliability of wind and solar, more fossil fuels are burned than would be if there were no wind or solar. This is because the wild fluctuations of power delivered by wind and solar have to be buffered by quick-start fossil generation, which burns up to 3 times as much fuel as busload generation. You can figure that for every one percent dropoff in wind and solar, you burn three times as much fuel as you could have if you were solely on fossil generation. Given that the realized wind capacity factor is actualy only about 8 percent – way below the advertised 30 percent, you are incurring a penalty of 44 times the fossil fuel consumption to generate that electricity that you would have had to burn if their were no
    wind or solar.

    And don’t let me get started on the devastating environmental effects of wind and solar power.

  17. @blackadderthe4th:
    An assault on free spe4ech, as well as science – typical of the alarmist mentality, and of der Fuehrer’s assault on constitutional rights here is the US.

    Is it a crime in Britain to violate someone’s free speech rights” It is here, and I sure hope it is in the UK.

  18. For the benefit of those who don’t read Bishop Hill (you should!). Blackadder is a frequent troll on BH’s blog.

  19. I wasn’t sure which post this little tidbit would fit into. If the consensus is that it doesn’t belong here I’ll request that it be moved to RealClimate.

    Please select the desired date to view the weather history for that day, thet hit submit.

    July 8
    From July 8-25, 1936, Ohio experienced it’s longest heat streak ever. Of the 88 weather stations operating at the time, all but 3 reached 100 degrees (the 3 that didn’t “only” reached 99 degrees).

    In 2003, Auglaize County, Ohio experienced widespread wind damage with numerous trees and limbs down. The storm caused $8K in damage.

    http://www.erh.noaa.gov/iln/wxhistory/wxhistory.html

  20. Taphonomic says:
    July 8, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Anthony says ” take it up with the author of the essay, this is simply a collection of news article snippets – Anthony”

    Sorry, I saw it posted by you and did not recognize that it reflected blog postings of others.

    *

    It’s right up the top. Right under “posted by Anthony Watts” and in larger print comes “From the GWPF and Dr. Benny Peiser.”

  21. Let’s try again.

    I have just had a ‘You’re posting too frequently’ card.
    Red? Yellow? Grey?

    Don’t know.
    But have never seen that before [in maybe four years of comments, perhaps more].

    Now, the Met Office has recently achieved a forecast success rate [here in England, at least] that is better than ‘like yesterday’ when applied to today.

    ‘Recently’ = last Wednesday, based on my Yamalian sample of two forecasts.
    OK – here goes. Sarc/ off.
    A bit. . . . . . . .

    Realistically, forecasting weather in the British Isles is a mug’s game – at least out past five or six days.

    The Met Office does, however, appear to give gainful employment to many bright folk, who might otherwise – life choices slightly different – have engaged in fraud on pensioners.
    Or taxpayers.

    Let us be grateful for (very) small mercies.

    Auto

  22. I suspect I hear the creaking of moving goalposts. The whole concensus thing arose because certain ‘skeptics’ insisted that ‘the scientists’ couldn’t agree on global warming, there was no consensus, and that was important because it showed that global warming didn’t really exist. And now there is proven consensus, we’re told that it wasn’t important after all …

  23. blackadderthe4th says:
    July 8, 2013 at 12:08 pm
    The GWPF hits the headlines!
    http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/lord-lawsons-climatechange-think-tank-risks-being-dismantled-after-complaint-it-persistently-misled-public-8659314.html

    The Press Complaints Commission laid the smack-down on a similarly ridiculous complaint by Bob Ward (about David Rose writing in the Mail on Sunday).

    http://bishophill.squarespace.com/blog/2013/7/2/pcc-throws-out-complaint-against-david-rose.html

  24. @Chad Wozniak

    ‘An assault on free speech, as well as science’. Hahahahaha……….! Free speech has to be responsibly used! You can’t going into a dark cinema and shout ‘FIRE!’, to create a panic. Which is what the GWPF is doing, effectively distorting, omitting, being economical with the truth, creating untruths, etc, etc, with regards to the science of AGW! They are also going against their charity status! For what reason? The interests of big oil, gas, carbon fuels, fracking comes to mind!

  25. blackadderthe4th says: July 8, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Only in your wet dreams, brother. Ward should be committed to an asylum.

  26. @michael hart

    ‘The Press Complaints Commission laid the smack-down’, is that the same PCC that is going to be disbanded? Due to the Leveson inquiry, because it got so much wrong?

  27. @stan stendera says:
    July 8, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    ‘For the benefit of those who don’t read Bishop Hill (you should!). Blackadder is a frequent troll on BH’s blog.’

    Er, no I’m NOT! Somebody may be using the same name, but it not me! So get your facts right!!!

  28. blackadderthe4th says:
    July 8, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    The GWPF hits the headlines!….
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    These linked articles has me ROTFLMAO at the titles.
    How the ‘Kochtopus’ stifled green debate: Behind the climate ‘countermovement’ are two billionaire brothers Talk about misleading information… And then comes Mikey
    Top climate scientist [Mann] denounces billionaires [Koches] over funding for climate-sceptic organisations

    A climate scientist who says he has been subjected to a vitriolic hate campaign has denounced the way that American billionaires have been able to secretly finance the climate-sceptic organisations that have attacked him.

    Professor Michael Mann of Pennsylvania University, who has been targeted by climate-change sceptics for his work on global temperature records, said it was wrong for wealthy individuals such as the oil billionaire Charles Koch to surreptitiously finance the “counter-movement” that denounces the science of global warming.

    Yesterday, The Independent revealed that a fund operated by the Koch family has given millions of dollars to climate-sceptic organisations though a financial intermediary….

  29. The consensus is science and cannot be wrong. The laws of science are created by legislation or by royal decree. Computer models cannot be wrong. So it is Mother Nature who is at fault. The recent actions of Mother Nature concerning climate have been illegal and should be dealt with by law enforcement. The IPCC should take legal action against Mother Nature. Mother Nature should be liable both criminally and civilly for her illegal activity. Mother Nature should be forced to pay. Mother Nature must be forced to abide by the consensus.

  30. blackadderthe4th,

    The GWPF’s ‘crime’ is that they’re telling the truth. And it appears that you are the one who craves the stifling of free speech.

  31. Totally agree with the title of this thread. Consensus has nothing to do with science whatsoever, the best scientists; Galileo, Kepler, Copernicus, Newton, Darwin, Einstein, Durac and last but certainly not least, Feynman; were independent thinkers who scorned consensus. Please let us consign the consensual morons to a well deserved obscurity, together with their equally moronic theories, by continually questioning their “science” and their motives for producing their continual diatribes of drivel!

  32. Some thoughts have been expressed here about the competency (or lack there of) of recent doctorates given away in the social science consensus of “climate change”.

    Perhaps we should embrace that thought and give thanks that these same individuals are not designing bridges, dams, commuter high speed rail lines and ultra tall buildings and the like that could result in serious personal harm if these same personal intellectual incompetencies were to be displayed. How frightful!! Perhaps Climate Change social science is a savior to us after all. Look at the very real alternative harm to us.

    On the other hand, the San Francisco Bay Bridge opening has been delayed to an undetermined time so that incompetent errors can be addressed. Maybe all the incompetents didn’t all go into the social science of Climate Change after all.

  33. Bob Turner – consensus – moving goalposts ?? Methinks you are delusional. How long ago did we hear “the science is settled”? Later, it morphed into “consensus”, just as “global warming” morphed into “climate change”.The WUWT position, and that of virtually all sceptics, has always been that science must be evidence-based and that computer models are not evidence. Nullius in verba, and all that. If you want to persuade us otherwise, then present the evidence.

  34. blackadderthe4th says:
    July 8, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    @Chad Wozniak

    ‘An assault on free speech, as well as science’. Hahahahaha……….! Free speech has to be responsibly used! You can’t going into a dark cinema and shout ‘FIRE!’, to create a panic.

    Funny, I thought hyperbole was reserved for the famed climastrologist James my-butt-is-burning Hansen. You know, the guy who equated coal trains with holocaust trains. The guy who claimed the Atlantic would be currently inundating the first floor his former office. The guy whose models predicted Thermageddon by now because CO2 emissions are indeed “worse than we thought!” The only ones yelling fire here are the catastrophists and yes they are being very irresponsible. Especially when they did so in direct violation of US Federal law…

  35. No politician nor bureaucrat will willingly reduce their power and CAGW provides a perfect lever to increase it. If one could show that CAGW would reduce their power, they would run from it like scared rabbits.

  36. Anthony,

    IS THAT A BRAND NEW CARTOON FROM JOSH?!!!

    I am SO GLAD to see he is doing well enough (perhaps, he has been fine and just had better things to do — SOUNDS like he’s had females on his mind… good for him (smile)) to draw another fine cartoon. [If that was a re-published one, then, I HOPE ALL IS WELL with Josh.]

    LOVED the clever Valentine candy hearts-type sayings, Josh. Lots of fun (and, AS USUAL, great use of color).

    Next time you are too busy dating to post a cartoon, Mr. Joshua, PLEASE at least TELL US YOU ARE OKAY. You were missed and you were worried about (can’t help it).

    Take care,

    Janice

  37. Policy Guy,
    As an engineer I was amused by your comment:
    “Perhaps we should embrace that thought and give thanks that these same individuals are not designing bridges, dams, commuter high speed rail lines and ultra tall buildings and the like that could result in serious personal harm if these same personal intellectual incompetencies were to be displayed. How frightful!! ”
    More than once I have wondered how these folks could behave in such an unprofessional manner and not even blink about the impact of their climate change and global warming antics on the world’s economy.

    Interesting, I researched your new Bay Bridge problem and was astounded that over two dozen 2-1/2″ seismic rods were found broken days later after initial tightening. For those who think H2 is the fuel of the future, it appears that the failures have been attributed to Hydrogen embrittlement, which according to the literature is a concern with galvanization in the high strength grade used in the bridge. It seems that Caltran has egg on their face.

    “The massive bolts failed due to a phenomenon called hydrogen embrittlement, in which hydrogen atoms invade the spaces between the steel’s crystalline structure and weaken it. That may have occurred during galvanization, or when the bolts for years sat untightened in casings that filled with water.”
    For problems associated with galvanized high strength bolts:

    http://www.portlandbolt.com/faqs/galvanizing-high-strength-bolts/

  38. Hydrogen embrittlement is indeed a problem for metals. However, I don’t think the possibility that effective countermeasures may someday be developed should be dismissed. It’s a long, long ways off – perhaps thousands or even hundreds of thousands of years, but at tome point in the future alternatives to fossil fuels will be needed. That’s not something to be concerned about now, but it could eventually be, unless we find some way to recover carbon from carbon dioxide – which would be difficult considering the energy required to do that. Though again, iif hydrogen fusion can be mastered, it might provide the necessary juice. And if nothing else, fossil fuels will buy us the time to develop the technologies necessary for a transition from them.

    I don’t plan to be around when fossil fuels run oiut.

  39. I won’t bring up the subject again, and please forgive my one last question here, but, does anyone know if J-o-s-h is okay? I asked A-th-y last week or so and, as he did this evening, he published my question, but, did not reply.

  40. Hi, Chad, Well! You certainly got a rude answer (to your very reasonable question at 1:30PM today) from The Unmentionable.

    I know very little about English jurisprudence, but, I’ll tell you the little I know on this subject (hopefully, someone more knowledgeable will pipe up!).

    1) They have no absolute, Constitutional right, to free speech as our 1st Amendment articulates. (I say “articulates” because, as you know, the citizens of the United States of America already had free speech before the Bill of Rights was passed; in fact, the codification of the natural rights of humanity already completely guaranteed by the Constitution of the U.S. of A., was repugnant to many for its implication that the Government gave the citizens rights when it was the other way around (i.e., the Constitution carves out the exceptions whereby the People’s rights are limited to give the government authority to act) and it wasn’t easy to get them passed.)

    2) An old law from The Star Chamber (some kind of semi-secret, soft tyranny-of-the-elite, as far as I gather) a tort called “Outrage,” made it a punishable offense to insult another. Apparently, the English were far more excitable fellows back then and could NOT! LET! AN! INSULT! GO! UNANSWERED! BY! A! DUEL!. That is, to prevent excitable fellows from flying off the handle, they made it a tort to insult them.

    3) Based on the above, apparently, in libel (and slander?) TRUTH, unlike in American tort law is NOT, I repeat, NOT, per se, a defense. For instance, in a seminar I went to called “The Case for Auschwitz,” we learned about the libel suit successfully fought by a defendant American author (her book’s being published in the U.K. made her subject to its jurisdiction, if I recall) against a truly despicable plaintiff who CLAIMED that no Jews were tortured or killed at Auschwitz. Her book said that he was wrong and named him, so he sued her! The only way she could prevail was to prove that the terrible events at Auschwitz actually occurred. That British law made that necessary was, to me, appalling.

    Now, why didn’t that case, now around 10 years old, get Parliament to drastically revise its free speech law?

    It’s really sad to watch an otherwise bold, courageous, forthright, people (the British), zip their lips in order to avoid oh, say……… telling a certain person that their religion stinks —oooo, noooo. Mustn’t upset them. They just might haul off and WHACK a British soldier just coming off duty…….. [May he Rest in Peace]…………… Hm. What do you know? IT HAPPENED ANYWAY.

    I really don’t get why Parliament doesn’t pass free-speech legislation. Why they haven’t done it long ago. Weird.

    — Please, dear British legal experts, SPEAK up if I am wrong. I need to learn. #[:)]

  41. @Gail Combs says:
    July 8, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    ‘TWENTYEIGHTGATE’. one wonders if that will go the same way ‘Climategate3′ did a few weeks ago? It was going to be a new revelation about the about the exchange of emails! But it seems to have sunk without trace! OK the excuse is there are too many emails to examine, but what not a sniff of ANYTHING! Surely there would be leaks about something, I am aware of none!

  42. Tsk Tsk says:
    July 8, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    ‘You know, the guy who equated coal trains with holocaust trains’ Well is that not free speech in action? And he is only making a point, not creating panic!

    ‘The guy who claimed the Atlantic would be currently inundating the first floor his former office. Is that about the Westside Parkway? Well he was misquoted, I paraphrase, ’if co2 doubles the Westside Parkway………….’, well co2 hasn’t doubled and I suspect that that he didn’t expect it to! So a none story there then! He was just highlighting what could happen, IF co2 levels doubled!

  43. We want accurate, short-term forecasts.

    Doesn’t seem possible. Unless you mean 12 hours, then maybe.

    I find most weather forecasts to be so vague as to be useless, like Astrology.

  44. willhaas says:
    July 8, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    The consensus is science and cannot be wrong. The laws of science are created by legislation or by royal decree. Computer models cannot be wrong. So it is Mother Nature who is at fault.

    This has already been covered by The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

    “For instance, when the Editors of the Guide were sued by the families of those who had died as a result of taking the entry on the planet Tralal literally (it said “Ravenous Bugblatter Beasts often make a very good meal for visiting tourists: instead of “Ravenous Bugblatter Beasts often make a very good meal of visiting tourists”), they claimed that the first version of the sentence was the more aesthetically pleasing, summoned a qualified poet to testify under oath that beauty was truth, truth beauty and hoped thereby to prove that the guilty party in this case was Life itself for failing to be either beautiful or true. The judges concurred, and in a moving speech held that Life itself was in contempt of court, and duly confiscated it from all those there present before going off to enjoy a pleasant evening’s ultragolf.”

    I’m afraid that it’s curtains for Mother Nature for being so wrong by refusing to go along with the models.

  45. Popper would also be spinning in his grave. What the media and its non-scientists have done to the word “science” is scandalous. They have let the pseudoscience of certain corners of climatology poison the scientific enterprise.

  46. Catcracking says:
    July 8, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Its fitting that an engineer would understand my comment since the standards of critical physical design are so tight. Its a shame that most of the rest of us don’t.

    The people responsible for giving these new doctorates their degrees should be ashamed of themselves. I suppose they treat these degrees as give-aways such as social science/ “scientific” degrees akin with the honorary degrees they give to the politician of the moment.

    Its a good thing for the world that these people, who can’t do, will never have any real responsibility. Ultimately they will return to the University for student/government paid employment and the guaranteed opportunity to preach their ignorance.

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