Full Moon on Lewandowsky

Loony-Lewandowsky

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Climate Psychologist with the Right Stuff

Stephan Lewandosky et al (including John Cook and Mike Marriott) published a paper called Recursive Fury, now retracted, psychoanalyzing climate skeptics’ opinions and categorizing them in psycho-babble terminology, such as:

(PV) Persecution Victimization

(NI) Nefarious Intention

(NS) Nihilistic Skepticism

…among others.

Now, Lew’s apologists will tell you he wasn’t simply “diagnosing” easily identified subjects as frothing lunatics, merely “categorizing” skeptics’ opinions in psychological terms and publishing them in a scientific psychology journal. So, by their thinking, no possible ethical breech occurred in publishing this information without the patients’ consent, nor in defaming named persons as “mentally imbalanced”.

That non-distinction between diagnosis and categorization sounds suspiciously like the old joke:

“I ain’t calling your mama a whore, I’m just say’n she has sex for money.”

We’ll leave it to the rational agent to decide whether the skeptics’ mommas are indeed skanky ‘ho’s or not. Just consider that the journal retracted the paper: probably merely an accidental or random retraction, nothing to do with questions of ethics or liability.

The oldest trick in the world is calling your ideological opponent crazy. The Soviet Union of old, blueprint for the new, increasingly Sovietized USSA, actually institutionalized dissenters–understandably so, because one would obviously have to be insane to disagree with the party line. It was a matter of settled science, comrades.

The Soviets also gave the world a new term, “Lysenkoism,” meaning manipulated and distorted science to conform with political objectives. The word derives from a fellow named Lysenko, who headed the Soviet Academy of Agricultural Sciences. Imagine an intrusive, spying, militarized, prison-happy, top-heavy, corrupt government with its thumb on the scientific scales, pushing a political agenda to serve the oligarchy…..

I know, that’s way beyond belief for us in the free West, who view 10,000 advertisements per day and get our news from unbiased billion dollar media corporations like the New York Times, CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News. Swallowing multiple servings of lies and propaganda is part of a daily diet from recommend food groups for us.

These news sources even sometimes hire one or two “investigative reporters”: those are the special kind who actually investigate things, while the others just regurgitate government agency press releases about things like the global warming doomsday tipping point, which is perpetually about 10 years away, and sometimes only a matter of days.

So let’s just assume that believing everything you’re told by general and scientific news corporations is the very definition of sanity. Doubting and skepticism are plainly insane.

Never mind that history is a veritable litany of conspiracies, cover-ups and false flags, that the Gulf of Tonkin Incident was a sham, that The Maine exploded from within, that there were no WMD in Iraq: questioning minor things like committing a nation to war on false pretenses are the idle ravings of mad “conspiracy theorists,” until such time as the conspirators admit to them.

But it really takes a trained psychologist to recognize a conspiracy theorist.

While some criticize climate science as being somewhat “soft”–with its scattershot uncertain predictions resembling graphs of projectile vomited spaghetti, its uncertain, unfalsafiable time frames, its frequent failed prognostications, its models diverging from observation–still, on the spectrum of hard and soft sciences, psychology would have to be the most flaccid of them all.

Psychologists historically arbitrarily have divided the mind into unobservable entities and then proceeded in scholarly debate to argue how many “id’s” can dance on the head of a pin. Later some learned how to lie with statistics and rigged studies. (still others did compassionate work, healing the mentally infirm insofar as their only tools, talk, reason, blather, could effect)

So, just imagine the marriage of climate pseudo-science and soft psychology: it is a marriage made in comedy heaven. And while you might think it kidding, there is actually a specialty called “Climate Psychology.”

This fruitful new science must be the next Moon Shot. We will finally understand climate psychology! Let the taxpayer fund this vital scientific endeavor. We choose to do these things not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win.

Okay then, prepare to put on your climate psychologist helmet, three sizes too small, and join in the moon shot.

First we will psychoanalyze global warming alarmists. To do this, we shall take self-selected surveys from anonymous internet avatars with names like MonkeyJunk and TrollMaster–you know, quality data. These surveys will be given to our friends, with a wink and a nod, and given to our enemies under anonymous subterfuge. While the survey is in progress, let’s also prod and taunt our subjects, just for ethical, unbiased scientific chuckles. Specifically where we get the data, what we delete and how we massage it will be locked in a safe. Anyone asking for that metadata will get the patented warming monger’s reply:

“Why should I make the data available to you, when your aim is to try and find something wrong with it?”

Next, we apply a thin veneer of statistics and biased interpretation to our survey of loaded questions and get the results we intended all along: scientific proof these alarmists are barking mad nutters.

For starters, these warming believers do a lot of “conspiracy ideation.” That’s psycho-babble for “thinking about stuff.” They think Big Oil, Big Coal, Big Kenji, and the Koch Brothers are out to destroy the planet, and “deniers” who write and comment on blogs are just Santa’s crazy little little helpers.  Their label, “conspiracy ideation” sounds much more pathological when you say it in Latin; conjurationis cognitionis, doesn’t it?

We categorized the following morbidities:

(LOL) Latent Obsessive Lamentation – Thinly disguised obsessive expression of sorrow over calamity caused by measly 0.8C temperature increase over entire last century.

(OMG) Omniscient Meglomaniacal Grandiosity – Grandiose delusions of unquestionable certainty and infallible prophetic vision regarding future climate. Grandiose delusions of being savior of the world.

(LMAO) Limbic Manic Alarmist Outrage – Anger at alarmist predictions being contradicted by observation or reason, stemming from the deep reptilian brain.

(STFU) Selective Transparency, Factually Unchallenged – Refusal to release source data and methodology to opponents. Refusal to debate or acknowledge contradictory viewpoints, “even if we have to redefine what peer-review means.”

(FUD) Fantasizing Ultimate Doom – Dogmatic paranoid belief that the sky is falling, even after 17-year average of major datasets shows no surface warming, after insignificant sea level rise, and Antarctic ice extent reaching 30-year record highs.

The list of climate alarmist pathologies is far too long to detail, while quite frankly the bit wasn’t exceedingly funny after the second repetition. And the true story of how our study actually was carried out in two parts with drive-by ethical rubber-stamp approval and “peer reviewed” by a journalism student (basket weaving students apparently being overqualified) is even more tedious still.

The take away is that you can find a psychologist or statistician to prove just about anything you want. In courtroom trials, expert witness testimony frequently involves dueling psychologists with contrary paid opinions. Likewise, sitting presidents invariably endure damming psychoanalysis from some pedigreed hack the opposition party hires. In truth, the entire human race is kinda bat-guano crazy, and it’s not all that hard to prove.

So go ahead and call this piece a shrill exercise in (NS) Nihilistic Skepticism, with (NI) Nefarious Intention, and let’s call it a day. But if here and now we have come to understand Climate Psychology infinitesimally better, shed light on the that new frontier of science and highest calling of the human craving for ultimate knowledge, then indeed it is one giant leap for mankind.

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122 Responses to Full Moon on Lewandowsky

  1. A. Woodman says:

    hmmmmm? Climate Psychologist? Now I know we have all heard the term “Disturbed weather” .. but I doubt that climate needs to be psychoanalized….

  2. Tim Ball says:

    My favourite definition of psychology is the odd studying the id. My second is Ratomorphology.

  3. Magma says:

    [SNIP kindly STHU, fake named person - we don't need your insults - Anthony]

  4. Sundance says:

    Mr. Marriott seems to be experiencing “reclusive fury” as his blog is as vibrant as a ghost town..

  5. Col Mosby says:

    “hmmmmm? Climate Psychologist? Now I know we have all heard the term “Disturbed weather” .. but I doubt that climate needs to be psychoanalized….”
    Psychoanalysts (MDs) psychoanalyze. Psychologists reject psychoanalytical garbage in favor of their own clinical psychological garbage. Important distinction.

  6. “The thinker is the thought and the thought is the thinker”. William James. Does this idea foreshadow epigenetics? Ah, who cares.
    I’ve never seen FUD before so I went to an abbreviation site. My vote is with “Female Urinary Device”, sort of fits the irreverent tone of this tome. Very funny without losing the controlled contempt for those who would lie, cheat and steal while selling humanity down the river for a few pieces of silver.

  7. George Turner says:

    How long till one of them upgrades to “xeno-climate psychologist” and writes papers about people who worry about the weather on other worlds, or perhaps about people on other worlds who worry about the weather, or the mental imbalances of people who worry about people on other world’s worrying about the weather?

  8. Paul in Sweden says:

    “So let’s just assume that believing everything you’re told by general and scientific news corporations is the very definition of sanity. Doubting and skepticism are plainly insane.”

    That sums up my thoughts on this matter.

  9. ConfusedPhoton says:

    In George Orwell’s 1984, Winston tried to be a “free-thinker” and did not like the totalitarian state, obviously there was something mentally wrong with him (must have Persecution Victimization, Nefarious Intention and Nihilistic Skepticism at least) . He was pursued, tortured and stripped of his humanity until he [eventually] “loved big brother”!

    Just like North Korea, climate “science”, etc.!

  10. Oldseadog says:

    WUWT: – Weather Understood and Wise Tachygraphy.
    (Tachygraphy, the art of writing in abbreviations, according to Chambers Twentieth Century Dictionary 1948 edition.)

  11. Katou says:

    Having someone else to think for me is a problem, because sometimes I need to go to the poddy real quick. Nice rant Anthony. I am glad I found this site :>)

  12. temp says:

    I think the shot at fox news is a bit retarded. While fox news maybe center left and way [too] pro-obama to be considered real news… at the same time you look at MSNBC/NBC editing tapes to create propaganda about racism such as the zimmerman case and where they edited out footage of a blackman carrying an AR-15 at an obama protest and claimed he was a white racist. You now have this same media editing cliven bundy’s statements to make him look like a racist to cover up a government land grab. Dozens of black pastors have been coming to the defense of bundy over his statements and the media refuse to play the unedited tapes or the fact that many blacks are fully supporting his statements.

  13. u.k.(us) says:

    OTT ?

    [snip - Yes, Anthony]

  14. albertalad says:

    I am a CAGW infidel.

  15. Dodgy Geezer says:

    But it really takes a trained psychologist to recognize a conspiracy theorist.

    Just because you’re paranoid, it doesn’t follow that they’re not out to get you…

  16. DontGetOutMuch says:

    Dang, coffee everywhere!!!

  17. thegriss says:

    If Lewandowsky and Cook are classed as sane….

    .. sanity is obviously over-rated.

  18. Rob Ricket says:

    Bravo Anthony! The priceless work of a clever wit.

  19. WillR says:

    I suppose I could add a further comment on the symptoms and diagnosis… but why bother? I enjoyed it thoroughly — out of the box! Hopefully we can find some cures!

    Cheers!

  20. richardscourtney says:

    Anth0ny:

    That was clear, eloquent and true.
    Thankyou for the pleasure you gave me when I read it.

    Richard

  21. Les Johnson says:

    The similarities in this story are manifold. A character named Lewandowsky, in charge of a garbage dump, reputedly full of faulty climate models computer games.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/atari-s-e-t-the-extraterrestrial-games-to-be-dug-out-of-landfill-1.2623006

  22. tenndon says:

    FUD => Fear , Uncertainty, & Doubt

  23. Pethefin says:

    The Russians are still using their old methods in controlling dissidents, the latest threat involves a blogger:
    http://barentsobserver.com/en/society/2013/12/wants-send-blogger-mental-examination-04-12

  24. RobRoy says:

    Mr. Watts, You are in rare form today. I loved it, YCB.
    You Crazy Bugger.
    ;-)

  25. The Sheppard cartoon of Lewandowsky in a straight-jacket made me think of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and of McMurphy, upon his admittance to the mental ward, wanting to meet the “bull goose loony” – meaning the craziest sonofa-b in the asylum.

    Bull Goose Lewny ;)

  26. Robin says:

    But psychology can be used to change a person’s values, attitudes, beliefs, and perceptions of reality, especially when psychology to do just that becomes the purpose not just of K-12 education but the training programs of teachers, principals, and school district staff. The social sciences make the perfect weapon for grant riders like Lew and taxpayer money free riders generally. There’s a reason every now unemployed former politician tends to migrate to the UN apparatus in some lucrative capacity to continue trying to dictate what we all may do and be and what we supposedly now MUST do.

    This is what Transformative Education plans to now do per the most recent IPCC report. http://www.invisibleserfscollar.com/tackling-the-dilemmas-of-collective-action-requires-a-shared-cognitive-base-the-ipcc-adaptation-trilogy-begins/ Psychology and the Big Data rolling out of digital learning and the new, poorly understood ‘assessments for learning’ are a psychology, social engineering dream.

    Lew knows that with these intentions and UNESCO and the OECD’s power over ed globally it is only a matter of time before models trump reality as the dominant images in enough people’s minds. Carnegie knows it too to relate to another post. I have seen related pushes in the Endowment for Peace and Education affiliated sisters of Carnegie funding. Also in what ETS and the College Board are pushing, two more spin-offs of Carnegie largesse.

  27. John McClure says:

    Lewandosky and Cook seem to have a hack for this but I was looking on WUWT for info on Mike Marriott and found this related dead link.

    An Apology to Dr. David Evans
    http://theaimn.com/2014/03/12/an-apology-to-dr-david-evans/

    404 Page Error

  28. John Whitman says:

    Buyer beware.

    How can Cook have no buyer’s remorse after wholesale buying of Lewandowsky’s hate inspired research techniques?

    No matter, because for Cook there are no refunds, no warrantees and no reimbursements for hate management support groups.

    On another thought . . . .

    We have that old philosophical question: Which came first? The chicken of the egg? The hated or the hater?

    John

  29. Alberta Slim says:

    Great piece of work. It is right on. Shines the light on those arrogant, condescending, think-they-know-it-all human induced global warming/climate change fanatics.

  30. Paul Coppin says:

    Rediscovering and redefining acronyms is always great sport, especially in a target-environment like psycho-analysis (which was never clear to me – is this analysis by psycho, or of a psycho?). FUBAR in its original definition still fits like a GLOVE ( Globally Limited Offensive in a Virtual Environment, now re-framed as Grant Limited Offensive in a Virtual Environment). And then there is an old standby: Climate PUD – Perennially Underwhelming Discourse (not what you thought it would be, huh ;). The Lewandowskys of this world are CRACKPOTs – Crazy Recidivist A$$wipes Caught Knowing Pi$$-all Once Targeted.

  31. Bill Illis says:

    Call me crazy, but I don’t think that temperature observation line is keeping up with the theory’s predictions.

    Just to be sure I’m not crazy, I get a copy of all the predictions that I can find. I make sure they have the same baseline so that they are truly comparable and, sure enough, I don’t need glasses nor a psychologist.

    So when Lewandowsky calls me crazy, I just laugh knowing that one of us is much closer to that diagnosis than the other.

  32. Jeff Alberts says:

    “17-year average of major datasets shows no surface warming”

    So we take several Meaningless Averages (MA), and average them all together to get a Grand Meaningless Average (GMA). Well done (WD).

  33. Paul Coppin says:

    One thing that stands out from Anthony’s piece is the birth of a new science taxonomy: Projectile Statistics

  34. David Ball says:

    Just another ad hominem from the alarmist faction. It’s all they’ve got, and they know it.

  35. David in Cal says:

    I like this blog a lot, but this was a silly article IMHO.

  36. george e. conant says:

    Just awesome Anthony! Loved the mental image of projectile spaghetti graph.

  37. dp says:

    Whoaa! Step aside, Steven Goddard – climate skepticism has a new Prince of Dankness! Nice take down, Anthony!

  38. Gary says:

    (WTF) – Wanton Temperature Fixation – Uncontrollable urge to ascribe any potential future calamities to the global average temperature increase since the depths of the Little Ice Age.

  39. Morph says:

    There is of course another definition of “Moon” which would be a pretty measured response to whatever Lew, Cook et al might think* influences skeptics, especially for those in the Southern Colony known as Australia – and maybe in Southern England where Lew now corrupts the learning of the next generation.

    *(I use the term “think” just to illustrate a point, not to indicate any activity of value being undertaken by them)

  40. Morph says:

    Lew cannot account for Lew’s findings, and it is a travesty that he can’t…

  41. Jon says:

    We have to keep this on a scientific Level.

  42. Jeff L says:

    I always felt that that alarmists inferring that skeptics were somehow mentally deficient was clearly a case of the pot calling the kettle black.

  43. Thanks, that was an excellent and funny piece of writing. I must admit I’m rather hoping Lew et al are stupid enough to try to sue Frontiers, as Dana hinted they might. They appear so enraged they could just go for it. I wonder if they are managing to stick together through all this, or if they’re blaming each other by now? Does wondering about all this make me a bad person?

    Anyway, as the dust appears to have settled for now, I’ve summed up the whole sorry story on my own blog: http://jonathanabbott99.wordpress.com/2014/04/24/a-conspiracy-unmasked/

  44. Peter Miller says:

    Climate psychologist?

    The world has truly gone mad.

  45. RACookPE1978 says:

    Jon says:
    April 26, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    We have to keep this on a scientific Level.

    But should we not always strive to keep it above the Bilingual Ultra-Legal Legislated Scientific High-Intensity Testing Level!

  46. Oldseadog says:

    David in Cal:
    C’mon, David, if you don’t laugh a bit you have to cry. A little silliness from time to time might just keep us a little more sane that the “opposition”.
    Not that I’m saying the post is silly, though, Mr. Watts …… .
    (Memo to self:- when hole is too deep to climb out of, stop digging and send for ladder.)

  47. John Whitman says:

    Jon says:
    April 26, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    We have to keep this on a scientific Level.

    - – - – - – - – - -

    Jon,

    I agree with you, but even serious/sincere scientists, science critics and science enthusiasts need to leave the office to sit in the warming sun and have a few mojitos while enjoying the company of likeminded friends. What is normal for them to discuss in such relaxed settings? Well, it is most expected they will wax ecstatic over such splendid and hilarious foils*** as Lewandowsky and Cook.

    All work and no play make John (or Jon) a dull boy. N’est ce pas?

    ***foil => as in a Shakespearian sense of the word ‘foil’.

    John

  48. Oldseadog says:

    “than the opposition” not “that”
    Dhu.

  49. Janice says:

    Global Citizen says: “Very funny without losing the controlled contempt for those who would lie, cheat and steal while selling humanity down the river for a few pieces of silver.”

    Spaceballs Quote:
    BARF: I know we need the money, but…
    LONE STARR: Listen! We’re not just doing this for money… We’re doing it for a SHIT LOAD of money!

  50. Russell Klier says:

    Great fun Mr. Watts…would you care to comment on these alarmist maladies ……SNAFU and FUBAR….

  51. Tom J says:

    I sent a friend a Happy Easter greeting (I’m not religious but I’ll take any holiday I can get) on Sunday. He didn’t return the text till Monday morning. This is an exact copy of his text:

    Tom didnt see this until this a.m.
    Hoe u had a good one too!

    (I dunno, for some reason it seems appropriate to this thread.)

  52. Caleb says:

    RE: David in Cal says:
    April 26, 2014 at 11:46 am

    You may feel the article was silly, but I feel thankful Anthony took the time to say what needs to be said. The behavior of Stephan Lewandosky may indeed be “silly”, however when people get away with silliness it transcends the bounds of “silly” and can have tragic consequences.

    Connecting the “pseudo” in Climate Science with the “pseudo” in Psychology is, I think, a good thing, and may serve as a sort of wake-up-call for the American people. Stephan Lewandosky may be killing two birds with one stone, by behaving the way he does.

    One odd attribute of people who get away with less-than-ethical behavior is that so many of them seem to feel compelled to repeat the transgression. Often they double the amount they steal, or double the courageousness of their dishonesty. It is almost as if they want to be caught. Often the fellow who might have gotten away with a small theft repeats the theft over and over until the amount absconded-with is so huge it becomes glaringly obvious. The same is true, regarding talking complete Bull, and calling it “psychology” or “climate science.”

    One of my favorite scenes in “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” is where the merry band of escaped lunatics are renting a cabin cruiser, and are all introduced as “doctors.” Abruptly all their quirks and twitches are not seen as “symptoms of lunacy,” but rather the “idiosyncrasies of genius.”

    I feel this demonstrates that the common man has an inherent awe of science and respect of scientists. However when a con-man abuses that awe and respect they eventually discover “you cannot fool all of the people all of the time,” and then they need to pack and leave town in a hurry.

    Stephan Lewandosky’s problem may be that he has already left one town in a hurry, and is currently running out of towns to leave. This is certainly a thing to be hoped for.

  53. Anthony Watts says:

    @Russell Klier

    SNAFU = Serial Nihilistic Atmospheric Fracking Utterances

    FUBAR = Fawning Activist Blaming Any Republican

  54. Caleb says:

    The spam filter grabbed my last comment

  55. Chuck L says:

    Crazy people always think other people are crazy

  56. Steve Oregon says:

    Alarmist’s debating score:

    LOL Lopsided Overwhelming Loss

  57. John Whitman says:

    In the lead post, Watts said,

    “That non-distinction between diagnosis and categorization sounds suspiciously like the old joke:”

    “I ain’t calling your mama a whore, I’m just say’n she has sex for money.”

    . . . . . and . . .

    Janice says:
    April 26, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Global Citizen says: “Very funny without losing the controlled contempt for those who would lie, cheat and steal while selling humanity down the river for a few pieces of silver.”

    Spaceballs Quote:
    BARF: I know we need the money, but…
    LONE STARR: Listen! We’re not just doing this for money… We’re doing it for a SHIT LOAD of money!

    - – - – - – - – - –

    Janice and Watts,

    Touché!

    And I add this . . . .

    Anecdotal dialogue
    Churchill: Madam, would you sleep with me for five million pounds?
    Socialite: My goodness, Mr. Churchill… Well, I suppose… we would have to discuss terms, of course…
    Churchill: Would you sleep with me for five pounds?
    Socialite: Mr. Churchill, what kind of woman do you think I am?!
    Churchill: Madam, we’ve already established that. Now we are haggling about the price.
    (This is a very old joke where the participants vary dramatically from each telling. It’s very unlikely though not impossible that the joke originated from Churchill.)”

    [ Source: taken from http://www.barrypopik.com/index.php/new_york_city/entry/what_kind_of_woman_do_you_take_me_for_madam_weve_already_established_that_c/ ]

    Cheers . . .

    John

  58. gnomish says:

    loo kind of resembles the unabomber, imo

  59. Tagerbaek says:

    About the Soviets treating dissenters as insane:
    in 1989 I was in Moscow, on tour with the rock band I was playing in. We stayed with a Russian punk band, all of whose members had spent time in asylums because they refused to do service in Afghanistan. We got them out of there, to Denmark, via the embassy. They defected.
    The commies were at it to the very bitter end.
    Btw I never saw as many skanky whores before or since.

  60. george e. smith says:

    I read pretty much the entire text above, before the reader comments.

    I didn’t [see] ANY AUTHOR ascribation. It does say “posted by Anthony Watts”; but who wrote it ??

    But I have some complaints.

    “””””…..(PV) Persecution Victimization

    (NI) Nefarious Intention

    (NS) Nihilistic Skepticism…..”””””

    I would say that these terms, don’t have much; if anything, to do with “Psychology”, which is a behavioral science.

    They are terms that belong in the realm of “Psychiatry”; perhaps best described by Ricky Ricardo, as “Pee-sick-kee-a-tree”; with the accent on the “sick”.

    Unlike the science of Psychology, peesickeeatree, is a behavioral aberration, of people who get their jollies, by listening to complete strangers describe their most personal thoughts and feelings; often betraying close interpersonal privacies.

    You can find at least a half dozen such shows on Cee grade TV stations any day of the week., something like Jerry Springer. They even advertise for dupes to come on their shows, and strip mentally naked in front of a screaming live audience, and all for a few sheckels. Like Judas, they will betray anybody for money.

    You normally have to have some sort of State [license] to actually charge dupes for telling you their prurient thoughts.

    Peesickeeatree, belongs somewhere between Astrology, and Tarot readings; or calling today’s more handy 900 numbers. But the first two are just plain stupidity, and not depraved like the 900 club, and Psychiatry.

    It would seem that paying a psychiatrist, is akin to having a low battery indicator light, on your ipad /ped /pid / pod / pud / whatever.

    When the battery gets low, the light comes on to kill it more quickly.

    People having money problems, often pay a peesickeeatrist to help them go broke even faster.

    Well at least climate skeptics are getting read for free; but not really. The whole world is going broke on account of the warmistas and their peesickeeatrists.

  61. carol smith says:

    I enjoyed this post. Spot on. If alarmists posted science we might take them seriously – but they don’t. Its all about we know best – you’re a pleb and shut up, we know best.

  62. Aphan says:

    Anthony….I just love you. Period. Funny, sharp, direct, and completely accurate on top of it. You’ll live rent free in their heads until the day they die, you know that right? :)

  63. george e. smith says:

    “””””…..Anthony Watts says:

    April 26, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    @Russell Klier

    SNAFU = Serial Nihilistic Atmospheric Fracking Utterances

    FUBAR = Fawning Activist Blaming Any Republican…..””””

    And don’t forget your “Anybody But Taxpayers” card when out buying some cigarettes, or lottery tickets !!

  64. Chip Javert says:

    Lewandowsky and his scientific-wannabe posse simply have a bad case of Opticalrectalitis (def: poor intellectual vision due to cranium residing in posterior end of alimentary canal).

    Condition is compounded when greedy academics see a plethora of grant money in a field in which they have exactly zero academic qualifications.

  65. Mike McMillan says:

    Am I missing something here?

    Brother Rush Limbaugh likes to say he is living rent-free in Obama’s head. Is that the case with Lewandowsky? We’ve had some twenty odd posts on him so far. Is he someone important that he should take so much of our attention? Or is he just pushing the right buttons?

    Really.

  66. Mike McMillan said:
    April 26, 2014 at 1:59 pm
    Am I missing something here?
    ————
    An amusing diversion it seems to me. Relax and enjoy. :)

  67. Chip Javert says:

    Mike McMillan says:
    April 26, 2014 at 1:59 pm
    Am I missing something here?

    Brother Rush Limbaugh likes to say he is living rent-free in Obama’s head. Is that the case with Lewandowsky? We’ve had some twenty odd posts on him so far. Is he someone important that he should take so much of our attention? Or is he just pushing the right buttons?
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    All evil requires is that a few good men do nothing (professional character assignation is evil). Limbaugh may indeed be living rent free in Obama’s head, but he’s sure making political life interesting in other arenas.

    Hmmm…we seem to have an enigma here – either live rent free or do something. Gosh, what to do, what to do?

  68. A. E. Soledad says:

    There’s a large group of people who never believed James Hansen and now that the entire liberal world and the middle-of-the-road political class believers, who said they believed it so they could seem ‘relevant’ are now all in the same sunk ship together. Good riddance to science by best media savvy may it’s promulgators rot in some kind of eternity where everything they’re told is false, and no one listens when they try to protest it’s all wrong.

  69. FrankK says:

    “Calling Nurse Ratched !”

    Well done Anthony these dingbats deserve this kind of put-down.

  70. David in Michigan says:

    I’m not much on-board with rants. First, you’ve already made the point in other articles and I agreed with it. Second, rants only appeal to the echo chamber and if I wanted echo chamber I’d read Little Green Footballs (which I don’t). Third, I come here for new information and perspective on an important topic not revenge writing.

  71. conscious1 says:

    If you look at how disconnected the CAGW meme is from empirical reality the diagnosis would be Psychotic paranoid delusion.

  72. John Greenfraud says:

    Perhaps Mr. Lewandowsky is ready to do a little self-analysis (You’re welcome Lew, hefty bill on the way)
    Pathological altruism might be thought of as any personal behavior or personal tendency in which either the stated aim or the implied motivation is to promote the welfare of another. But instead of overall beneficial outcomes, the “altruism” instead has irrational (from the point of view of the outside observer) and substantial negative consequences to the other or even to the self, or both.
    http://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=FPtwdmXtjmoC&oi=fnd&pg=PA10&dq=pathological+altruism&ots=6SS605ER70&sig=IZdf1eXmAbYrvMUFmZFUjjBC4Ss#v=onepage&q=pathological%20altruism&f=false

  73. Alan Robertson says:

    Oldseadog says:
    April 26, 2014 at 10:52 am

    WUWT: – Weather Understood and Wise Tachygraphy.
    (Tachygraphy, the art of writing in abbreviations, according to Chambers Twentieth Century Dictionary 1948 edition.)
    ______________________
    Y’re ‘n ‘ld d’g.

  74. Jim Clarke says:

    A fine piece of satirical wit, Mr. Watts! You have demonstrated yet another skill that far surpasses the abilities of your detractors. I imagine that you put more rational thought into that than Lewandowsky has ever managed to generate in one of his ‘scientific’ papers.

    Well done!

  75. pottereaton says:

    I have done my own psychoanalysis of Dr. Lewandowsky and found him to be a distillation of all progressive pathologies.

    Anyone want to peer review that for me?

  76. Geordie says:

    I’m not sure why the fact Lewandowsky identifies himself as a psychologist has lead into an attack on psychology generally. I suspect most people in psychology will have been dismissive of his “research” and saddened by the fact that some people might think it is in some way representative of psychological science. Psychologists are in fact fully aware of the difficulties in using the methods of science and freely acknowledge them. The danger in these general attacks by people who are unfamiliar with the discipline is that criticism of ideas that are 100 years out of date doesn’t look as clever as it might feel. Just because Lewandowsk may be an embarrassment doesn’t mean everyone has to follow his example.

  77. John McClure says:

    @Anthony,
    “FUBAR = Fawning Activist Blaming Any Republican”

    Activist begins with an A not “U” — hmmm, aka fawning you activists? Where’s a “U” when you need one? [exchanging tiles for a U]

  78. u.k.(us) says:

    David in Michigan says:

    April 26, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    I’m not much on-board with rants. First, you’ve already made the point in other articles and I agreed with it. Second, rants only appeal to the echo chamber and if I wanted echo chamber I’d read Little Green Footballs (which I don’t). Third, I come here for new information and perspective on an important topic not revenge writing.
    ========================
    Revenge ?
    It ain’t personal.

  79. John Boles says:

    That guy Lewandowski is a nut job, for sure, the guy is going bonkers as his world crumbles around him. BTW did anyone see this blog post http://www.skepticblog.org/ major denial about no warming. Don Prothero at work.

  80. james says:

    Keep poking them and soon will drive them barking mad oh wait

  81. Andyj says:

    This is getting boring. I’m off to find a moon landing denial forum so I can troll the climate change believers that visit.

  82. TImothy Sorenson says:

    I enjoy HS word fun:
    Anthony leisurely lampoons, lowlife Lewandowsky. Likely, leaving Lew lathering. Lew’s lakeys lauded, lionized lavishly; literally a lovefest. Later, lawsuits let legalistic lawyers liken Lewadowsky’s little libelous latent load to lame lummox lunacy.
    Next: Nuttitelli’s nauseant non-facts nicely negated.

  83. thegriss says:

    John McClure says:

    ……. Where’s a “U” when you need one?

    Are you a New Zealander?

  84. Chip Javert says:

    David in Michigan says:
    April 26, 2014 at 2:21 pm
    I’m not much on-board with rants…I come here for new information and perspective on an important topic not revenge writing.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Free advice: so don’t read the very infrequent “rants”, or, for that matter, hang around and comment on them – go directly to the rest of the site.

    Anthony takes arrows 24/7 from what we all know to be a pretty vicious and unethical crowd. The well documented and reasoned thought process that is a hallmark of WUWT is very refreshing & powerful (not to mention the polar opposite of warmist sites).

    Having said that, I see nothing wrong with blowing off a little steam every now and then…especially if it’s both well deserved and funny.

  85. Janice says:

    David in Michigan says: “I’m not much on-board with rants . . . ”

    A column like this is designed to relieve stress, much like a lot of small earthquakes relieving the stress lines of a large fault zone. With people, stress is the confusion caused when ones mind overrides the body’s natural desire to choke the living snot out of some dingbat that desperately needs it. [cleaned up to pass by the sensitivities of the moderators]. We are not ranting, we are trying to not be arrested for battery.

  86. Chip Javert says:

    Geordie says:
    April 26, 2014 at 2:56 pm
    I’m not sure why the fact Lewandowsky identifies himself as a psychologist has lead into an attack on psychology generally. I suspect most people in psychology will have been dismissive of his “research” and saddened by the fact that some people might think it is in some way representative of psychological science. Psychologists are in fact fully aware of the difficulties in using the methods of science and freely acknowledge them.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Well, the proof is in the pudding. Assuming you can cite them, it would be interesting to read Lewandowsky’s psychologist peers expressing their their displeasure.

    Otherwise, if you run around acting like the village idiot, don’t be surprised if a lot of people call you the village idiot.

  87. In case we forget, it is worth speaking up.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_they_came_

    Thanks Anthony

  88. markstoval says:

    I have a question for Lew.

    I read that:

    … There is an overall trend toward reduced levels but what is most interesting is to compare the CO2 graph with the temperature graph above. … At this scale [545 millions of years], there is really no apparent correlation between carbon dioxide levels and global temperatures. What’s more, there have been ice ages when CO2 has been as much as 10 to 15 times higher than modern levels (for example the end-Ordovician Ice Age). There have also been times when temperature was increasing but CO2 was decreasing and times when CO2 was increasing but temperatures decreasing (during the Silurian and Devonian and during the Triassic and Jurassic, respectively). …

    My dear Lew; I realize that you are one of the Sane Ones foretold by the elders of our race that would someday come forth to enlighten us (after the Buddha failed) and that you would answer our questions. So, Lew, why the Fracking Hell is it that CO2 has no darn correlation to temperature when we look at the history of the Earth and yet you say I am insane for not buying the “CO2 will fry us all” heifer dust?

  89. Chip Javert says:

    To be clear, previous post is NOT referring to Geordie as the village idiot…

  90. mfo says:

    Lewandowsky and Oreskes are currently “researching” what effect d.n.al has on scientists. If you’re a scientist avoid responding to any surveys even if they don’t seem to involve Lewandowsky. You might end up being psycho-gobbledygooked in public.

  91. dbstealey says:

    David in Cal,

    I liked this article very much. Lewandowski and Cook deserve the ridicule.

  92. Andyj says:

    John Boles.
    Thanks for the link. Thought ‘d send them something to chew on. It goes like this:-
    “Andyj says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    April 26, 2014 at 7:12 pm
    First post! Hello all. :)
    Those temperature graphs do not associate closely with any existing dataset. Maybe I was looking at the graph all slanted. Later on there is a reference to Hadley. Is it HADCRUT4? Being the main set that warms the future and cools the past over HADCRUT3.
    So here is HADCRUT4 with 12 month smoothing.
    http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/hadcrut4gl/from:1980/mean:12/plot/hadcrut4gl/from:2000.8/trend
    I have a problem here. Apart from one young man being a cartoonist with an AGW blog (SkS). There is over 13 years of totally no global warming using this empirical data!
    Perhaps I ought to take the average basket of *all* temperature datasets and include CO2 as well – suitably 12 month smoothed to remove seasonal noise. Then de-trend CO2 and magnify variances (bumps). With that I can compare it with temperatures to see if CO2 is a warming gas at these concentrations. (MODTRAN calculates to 0.236C per doubling of CO2 which seems low).
    http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/wti/from:1997/offset:-0.5/mean:12/plot/esrl-co2/from:1997/normalise/mean:12/detrend:0.81/offset:0.42/scale:10/plot/esrl-co2/from:1997/normalise/mean:12/plot/wti/from:2000.85/offset:-0.5/trend/plot/esrl-co2/from:1997/normalise/mean:12/detrend:0.81/offset:0.42/scale:1
    Oh, the proverbial has hit the fan with empirical data. CO2 lags behind the climate variation. No GW for 13.5 year’s while CO2 is sky rocketing like a monkey with its bum on fire during the longest interglacial for quite a few cycles. Is it because our God loves us?
    Obviously the Ocean store is losing CO2 from warming up because man’s contribution is but 3~5% of the tonnage. But it’s very odd when the ocean sea ice content appears stable.
    http://arctic.atmos.uiuc.edu/cryosphere/IMAGES/global.daily.ice.area.withtrend.jpg
    Maybe de-gassed water freezes more readily?
    If this does not get published. I will learn more of the AGW movement in one stroke than reading what others say.”

  93. Unmentionable says:

    Proud of you Anthony.

    That is all.

  94. Philip Mulholland says:

    FUBAR? Don’t forget Fubarite, the field geologist’s name for the oldest rocks of the Archean.

  95. James of the West says:

    WUWT is best when it sticks to the science. This rant reminds me of most warmist blogs.

  96. Tom J says:

    I know there are skeptics out there but, believe me, seances are a genuine real phenomenon and, in proper surroundings, and with the proper atmosphere of a seance, one can actually have a lively (oops, wrong word) conversation with the dead. And, what I’ve found out is that there really is reincarnation.

    I know, I know no one here believes me. But, I guarantee you I can prove this. Just try to refute the following statement; just try: Lewandowsky is the reincarnation of Richard Nixon.

  97. u.k.(us) says:

    James of the West says:

    April 26, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    WUWT is best when it sticks to the science. This rant reminds me of most warmist blogs.
    ==============
    Maybe, but it drew in your comment.
    And mine.
    Quite the dilemma, eh.

  98. John Whitman says:

    mfo says:
    April 26, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Lewandowsky and Oreskes are currently “researching” what effect d.n.al has on scientists. If you’re a scientist avoid responding to any surveys even if they don’t seem to involve Lewandowsky. You might end up being psycho-gobbledygooked in public.

    - – - – - – - – - -

    mfo,

    Oreskes is the intellectual mother of Mann’s and Lewandowsy’s irrational and emotional intolerance toward critics of CAGW. Lewandowsky is the intellectual father of Cook’s.

    Is Harvard University’s endowment committee proud? Are they proud to report to the board of Trustees that their Professor Oreskes’ hysterical exclamations about ‘fossil industry funded climate doubt merchants’ represents any kind of enlightenment? It is unlikely.

    Has anyone seen Oreskes give talks? I have seen her for several years give ‘talks’ at the Annual AGU meeting in San Francisco. Her voice is not a voice of the Enlightenment. Hers is a voice from the Spanish Inquisition.

    John

  99. pottereaton says:

    Climate Psychologist with the Right Stuff

    Hmmmmm. I wonder who that could be . . .

  100. Mr Lynn says:

    george e. smith says:
    April 26, 2014 at 1:49 pm
    I read pretty much the entire text above, before the reader comments.

    I didn’t [see] ANY AUTHOR ascribation. It does say “posted by Anthony Watts”; but who wrote it ??

    I’m assuming Anth*ny did. Darn good piece of “turnabout is fair play,” too, even though I don’t quite understand why this disgraceful Lewandowsky fellow gets all the attention.

    /Mr Lynn

  101. DirkH says:

    James of the West says:
    April 26, 2014 at 4:49 pm
    “WUWT is best when it sticks to the science. This rant reminds me of most warmist blogs.”

    So you are oblivious to attempts of categorizing skeptics as clinically insane.

    That’s interesting.

  102. Gunga Din says:

    Lewandowsky as “The Thinker” putting out another paper.
    http://media4.picsearch.com/is?RnGvOEw6pmLqtKyrFpMnFUTBWHFyz664PiZV-L959Rs&height=341

  103. David L. Hagen says:

    Climate Inversion Syndrome
    Bjorn Lomborg’s Global Warming’s Upside Down Perspective exposes IPCC’s inverted psychology:

    We live in a world where one in six deaths are caused by easily curable infectious diseases; one in eight deaths stem from air pollution, mostly from cooking indoors with dung and twigs; and billions of people live in abject poverty, with no electricity and little food. We ought never to have entertained the notion that the world’s greatest challenge could be to reduce temperature rises in our generation by a fraction of a degree.
    The solution is to stop applauding politicians who warn of catastrophe and promote poor policies. Instead of subsidizing inefficient solar and wind power with little benefit, we need to invest in long-term green innovation. And we need to give more attention to all of the other problems. This is perhaps less entertaining, but it will do much more good.

    Lomborg highlights the major reductions in poverty and improvements in the environment due to economic growth. See A Scorecard for Humanity e.g.:

    Over the 20th century, 260 million died from indoor air pollution in the Third World – about twice the toll in all the century’s wars. This is more than 4 times more than died from outdoor air pollution. As poverty has receded and clean fuels gotten cheaper, the risk has fallen eight-fold and will decline another 70% until 2050. . . .
    It will come as a big surprise that climate change from 1900 to 2025 has mostly been a net benefit, rising to increase welfare about 1.5% of GDP per year. . . .After year 2070, global warming will become a net cost to the world, justifying cost-effective climate action.

    Lewandowsky apparently is experiencing CIS (Climate Inversion Syndrome) of belittling climate realists who recognize how small global warming is compared to current poverty and sickness while exalting the Emperor who has no clothes.

    Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.

    Isaiah 5:20 NIV

  104. Chip Javert says:

    James of the West says:
    April 26, 2014 at 4:49 pm
    WUWT is best when it sticks to the science. This rant reminds me of most warmist blogs.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I absolutely agree that WUWT does a good job of documenting well thought out scientific statements. Civility reigns in the educational-to-read comments section. On this site, it is not considered an insult for one commenter to ask another for a cite on a specific claim. Except in rare and abusive cases, comments are not censored (not published).

    Absolutely none of the above can be said for the vast majority of warmist sites.

    It is difficult to understand or accept your equivalence of the savage, unethical and public attack on Anthony’s personal motivation & reputation with the rather restrained and humorous “Full Moon on Lewandosky”.

    Please enlighten us further…

  105. DirkH says:

    Jeff Alberts says:
    April 26, 2014 at 11:39 am
    ““17-year average of major datasets shows no surface warming”
    So we take several Meaningless Averages (MA), and average them all together to get a Grand Meaningless Average (GMA). Well done (WD).”

    It is obvious that a temperature average is meaningless; yet you seem to fail to miss the point -,aybe intentionally-: EVEN using the preferred metric of the warmists, their models can be shown to be a worthless pile of expensive junk; this is an even stronger argument then just arguing why temperature averages ARE meaningless as it sidesteps all issues and backs and forths with that.

  106. Sinimian says:

    Climate Psychologist?

    if you think that job title is crazy, how about Climate Ethicist?
    How are these people going to earn an income when the CAGW fraud collapses and the grants tap is turned off?

  107. Chip Javert says:

    Sinimian says:
    April 26, 2014 at 7:17 pm
    Climate Psychologist?

    if you think that job title is crazy, how about Climate Ethicist?
    How are these people going to earn an income when the CAGW fraud collapses and the grants tap is turned off?
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    How? By utilizing skills obtained in their pursuit of education:

    1. Return to live in parent’s basement (depending upon age)
    2. Flip burgers (no offence to young, non-PhD burger flippers)
    3. Unemployment insurance.

  108. NoFixedAddress says:

    Thank you Anthony.

    I enjoyed that.

    May I suggest another to add to your list.

    WWF – W*nking Witless Fools who just want your money.

  109. Kozlowski says:

    “James of the West says:
    April 26, 2014 at 4:49 pm
    WUWT is best when it sticks to the science. This rant reminds me of most warmist blogs.”

    The best way to defuse hate, nonsense and idiocy is to laugh at it. I enjoyed this article immensely.

  110. ferdberple says:

    know, that’s way beyond belief for us in the free West, who view 10,000 advertisements per day and get our news from unbiased billion dollar media corporations like the New York Times, CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News. Swallowing multiple servings of lies and propaganda is part of a daily diet from recommend food groups for us.
    ===============
    for 20 years we lived off the grid, sailing around the world. our news source was short wave radio. you might be amazed to learn that what is broadcast in your country bares little resemblance to what is broadcast in other countries. yet the broadcast both are covering the same story. if you believe the US version is correct, think again.

  111. James Bull says:

    A few years ago the company I work for produced some “important” paperwork that everyone had to read and understand within the company or the world would end (or something even worse). My then boss as instructed asked me if I had -! read and -2 understood this vital information.
    I said that it had been so full of TLA’s (three letter abbreviations) and FLA’s (four letter abbreviations) that were not explained that it was as read meaningless. He agreed and said that even when you knew what they meant it was not much better and left it at that. The world went on and nothing much has changed, I still do the same job and get paid as before!

    James Bull

  112. Mac the Knife says:

    Caption for Tim Shepard’s Lewandowski cartoon:
    “I’m sorry. Mr. Lewandowski can’t answer the phone right now… he’s all wrapped up in his work….”

  113. mwhite says:

    ““Lysenkoism,” meaning manipulated and distorted science to conform with political objectives.”

    That was also the function of the SS Ahnenerbe.

    A. Denier

  114. Caleb says:

    RE: Mike McMillan says:
    April 26, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    What you are missing is that some take Stephan Lewandosky seriously. Just read the WUWT post about Paul Rosenburg: ( http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/04/26/salon-writer-paul-rosenberg-on-why-deniers-are-winning/ ), and you’ll see Rosenberg quotes Stephan Lewandosky as if his Bull has scientific validity.

    It is important to point out, over and over and over again, that Stephan Lewandosky fails to follow even the most simple rules that govern science.

    I have seen small children playing “dress-up” do a better job of impersonating a scientist than Stephan Lewandosky does.

  115. David L. says:

    Excellent! I’m sharing with my “sane” climate worshiping friends.

  116. Ed, 'Mr' Jones says:

    DENIAALLism: Desperately Expelling New Insults And Alarms, Like Lew

  117. NoFixedAddress says:

    I’m waiting for Brown University to offer a peer reviewed degree in Climate Proctology.

  118. Jaakko Kateenkorva says:

    Big thanks to everybody here for this endocrinial, respiratory, muscular and cardiovascular system enhancing experience – getting cAGW finally net beneficial to my life-span.

  119. kcrucible says:

    I was just thinking about Lew’s premise on the moon hoax paper. Even if the study was above reproach, what would it really say?

    People that are inherently skeptical of argument from authority (whether scientific, political, historical, breaking news, etc) are less likely to trust scientific pronouncements than people that will gobble up any nugget put out there by a “trusted source.”

    Rephrased, gullible people are more trusting than skeptical people.

    This would leave the paper, if done well, in the “no shit, sherlock” category not worthy of having been done at all. Yes, there are likely to be crackpots that disagree with climate science that also diagree with a number of other things. What does that prove though? Higher than normal incidence isn’t the same as “80% of climate change deniers think the world is flat.”

  120. lurker says:

    breech = breach

  121. majormike1 says:

    It seems that Lewandowsky missed the “Vast Right-Wing” conspiracy, so here’s a link to its author: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/04/chris-lehane-right-wing-conspiracy-memo-106059.html#.U16vQF6j7Wc
    Other conspiracies he missed: irradiated food, genetically modified organisms, fluoridation, vaccination, 9/11 by US government …Oops, my bad. Those are all left-wing conspiracy theories. No wonder he missed them.

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