norwegian scatterplot age at death vs birth year

Sunspots and Norwegian Child Mortality

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach In January there was a study published by The Royal Society entitled “Solar activity at birth predicted infant survival and women’s fertility in historical Norway”, available here. It claimed that in Norway in the 1700s and 1800s the solar activity at birth affected a child’s survival chances. As you might imagine, this…

planetary boundaries

Forgive Us Our Transgressions

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach A new paper in Science magazine entitled “Planetary boundaries: Guiding human development on a changing planet” (paywalled here) claims that we are all potential “transgressors” … a curious term more appropriate to a religion than to science. But given the total lack of science in the paper, perhaps it’s appropriate.…

Loony-Lewandowsky

32,757 year old survey participant skews Lewandowsky paper – Defective data, demonstrably defective conclusion

Guest essay by Eric Worrall. JoNova reports on a hilarious error in Lewandowsky’s paper “The Role of Conspiracist Ideation and Worldviews in Predicting Rejection of Science” . The calculated age of survey respondents has reportedly been skewed by one “outlier” who claimed to have been born in the palaeolithic, 32,757 years ago. Raw data –…

annual logmean of recent eruptions

Volcanoes Once Again, Again

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach [also, see update at the end of the post] Anthony recently highlighted a couple of new papers claiming to explain the current plateau in global warming. This time, it’s volcanoes, but the claim this time is that it’s not the big volcanoes. It’s the small volcanoes. The studies both seem to…