Category Archives: Post-normal science

Lewandowsky on ‘leakage’

No smear psychological categorization mission is too offbeat for Lew. Now he’s on about “leakage”. Try to stifle the images that conjures up while thinking about your choice of preventative antiemetics. s mac says: in WUWT Tips and Notes: Anthony, … Continue reading

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Posted in Post-normal science, Stephan Lewandowsky, Uncertainty | 105 Comments

A quorum of drama queens at Polar Bears International?

Dr. Susan Crockford, Zoologist, of advises us of this:  “We are now the polar bear” says Mann today (below) [a few weeks ago it was Patricia Romero Lankao of the federally financed National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, … Continue reading

Posted in Polarbeargate, Post-normal science | 128 Comments

Science self-corrects: bogus study claiming Roundup tolerant GMO corn causes cancer to be retracted

Whoo boy. This sounds like a familiar climate episode. Andrew Revkin tips me to this retraction of a paper that got screaming headlines worldwide, and says this along with the photo. (Warning don’t click “continue reading” while eating Thanksgiving dinner).

Posted in Agriculture, Peer review, Post-normal science, Science | Tagged , , , , , , , | 124 Comments

Stephan Lewandowsky’s ethical lapses allowed his science to be published without oversight

As if there could be any more ludicrous antics from this plonker, we now find that Dr. Stephan Lewandowsky pulled a bait and switch on ethical approvals for his psychological research papers at the University of Western Australia that were … Continue reading

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Move over millibars, Flickr is the new atmospheric metric for hurricane central pressure

From the University of Warwick, and the ultra-short baseline department comes this study of ridiculous proportions. I don’t have the words to accurately describe this utter waste of time and money. I can just see future NOAA bulletins: HURRICANE WHOPPER … Continue reading

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A window into academia – via a resignation letter

This post contains excerpts of a letter sent to staff at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL, English: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne) is one of the two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology and is located in … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Post-normal science, Science | Tagged , , | 147 Comments

A review of the seminar ‘The contrarian discourse in the blogosphere–what are blogs good for anyway?’

Guest post by W. Jackson Davis (who attended the seminar today as listed below) The contrarian discourse in the blogosphere–what are blogs good for anyway? Franziska Hollender, Institute for Social Studies of Science, University of Vienna CSTPR Conference Room, 1333 … Continue reading

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WUWT is the focus of a seminar at the University of Colorado

Dr. Roger Pielke Jr. sends word of this via email. I’m a bit amused, but not surprised, as we know WUWT has been pushing the traditional media envelope, and we often tackle subjects they can’t or won’t. I liked this … Continue reading

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A wave of heated peer pressure results in shrinking integrity

Over on the thread The folly of blaming the Eastern U.S. heat wave on global warming there is a lively discussion going on between people that think the Eastern US heatwave hype by media and a few activist scientists is … Continue reading

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UK Conference of Science Journalists: ‘institutions unlikely to fairly investigate allegations of fraud made against their own’

Guest post by Douglas J. Keenan The 2012 UK Conference of Science Journalists was held on June 25th. The programme is available on the UKCSJ web site. The conference is intended for science journalists, as its name says; I attended … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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Quote of the week – Myles Allen’s “failure to communicate”

Steve McIntyre writes at Climate Audit: Bishop Hill links to a presentation by Myles Allen to a 2011 conference on Climategate, which like every other such handwringing introspection by climate “communicators”, notably failed to invite any of the major CRU … Continue reading

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The numbers on “bad science”

This infographic from is interesting. It speaks to President Eisenhower’s second warning in his famous farewell speech. More below.

Posted in Bad science, Post-normal science | Tagged , , , | 85 Comments

Paging Mike Mann – your dendrochronologist will see you now

Tom Nelson has another Climategate 2 email well worth reading Dendrochronologists get spanked by guy with expertise in tree physiology and wood anatomy ClimateGate Email 1738 “However, there are bounds to dendrochronology, as there are to every field of investigation, … Continue reading

Posted in Michael E. Mann, Paleoclimatology, Peer review, Post-normal science | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 148 Comments

Hiding the decline down under – inconvenient papers censored

UPDATE: An Australian science paper I located from 1990 says that century scale sea level trends are 1-1.1 mm per year, and Sydney was 0.54 mm/ year. See below. UPDATE2: a graph of the current SLR for Sydney is now … Continue reading

Posted in Government idiocy, Post-normal science, Sea level | 142 Comments

Hump day hilarity: Chris Mooney’s abby-normal post modern science

Chris Mooney has come up with new book to explain why people like you and I are “abby-normal” for not unthinkingly and uncritically accepting all aspects of global warming climate change climate disruption. I haven’t read it, though the cover … Continue reading

Posted in Alarmism, Humor, Politics, Post-normal science, Satire | Tagged , , , , , , , | 184 Comments

The Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project puts PR before peer review

UPDATE: see this new story BEST: What I agree with and what I disagree with – plus a call for additional transparency to prevent “pal” review ======================================================= Readers may recall this post last week where I complained about being put in … Continue reading

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Turbo post normal science by press – peer review optional

Imagine, if you will, that you are given a complete draft copy of a new paper that has just been submitted to a journal, and that paper cites your work, and it was provided as a professional courtesy before it … Continue reading

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Hansen’s admission – “skeptics are winning”

Like what Judith Curry saw recently at NCAR’s seminar, he seems to think it is all about communication. Part of the problem, he said, was that the climate sceptic lobby employed communications professionals, whereas “scientists are just barely competent at … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Alan Carlin on vindication

While the GAO issues a report today saying that the US Historical Climatological Monitoring Network has real tangible problems (as I have been saying for years) the Inspector General just released a report this week saying that EPA rushed their … Continue reading

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That darned warm-mongering El Niño

From the warm-mongers at The Earth Institute at Columbia University, a study that says El Niño drives civil war. Perhaps we can get Bob Tisdale to plot temperature anomalies along the Mason-Dixon line. It seems however that these warm-mongers at … Continue reading

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Friday Funny- Gavin Schmidt on: Polar Bears, Martha Stewart, and Me

Oh, I found some comedy gold posted on the NASA website What on Earth is That? It features a talk by NASA GISS warmist Gavin Schmidt, who apparently took a trip to understand that all important metric of the Arctic … Continue reading

Posted in NASA GISS, Post-normal science, Ridiculae, Satire | 105 Comments

The plot thickens – The IPCC and ideological green money-laundering

After the revelations yesterday of the latest IPCC self destructing FUBAR, we now have at Bishop Hill,  a guest post by Ben Pile. In it he outlines what he has found about the millions of Euros that are being spent … Continue reading

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Science Is Not Being Corrupted — Scientists Are

Story submitted by John Droz. Today I received an email from an editor, who was saying that “Science” depends on what your political persuasion is. I dispute that opinion and answered as follows — Briefly, what has happened is that: … Continue reading

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CO2 deafens “Nemo” – or, how many ichthyologists can you fit in that car?

We’ve already had a “climate craziness of the week” so I’ll just file this bit of blather under another category. First, this article in The Independent, which aims to scare the children. Now here’s the press release from the University … Continue reading

Posted in Alarmism, Bad science, Peer review, Post-normal science, Ridiculae | Tagged , , , , , | 122 Comments

What climate science has come to: a rap music video with expletives

While not as bad as the horrid 10:10 video exploding children, I have to wonder this about the actual scientists that participated in this farce: what were you thinking ? Of course, it does seem some circles in climate science … Continue reading

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Science has been sitting on his critique of Dessler’s paper for months”

On Recent Criticisms of My Research By Dr. Roy Spencer One of the downsides of going against the supposed “consensus of scientists” on global warming — other than great difficulty in getting your research funded and published — is that … Continue reading

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Clarification on BEST submitted to the House

UPDATES: A number of feckless political commentators have simply missed this response I prepared, so I’m posting it to the top for a day or two. I’ll have a follow up on what I’ve learned since then in the next … Continue reading

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A plea for a return to science on the nuclear power issue

I get mail: German physicist Peter Heller wrote a passionate plea for a return to science on the nuclear power issue, published in German here: With Dr. Heller’s permission, I’ve translated it in English. But having gone over the … Continue reading

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New IPCC lead author, one word: strange

And you thought railroad engineer Pachauri was odd… Donna Laframboise of “No Frakking Consensus” does some digging, and what she turns up about the new IPCC lead author is to say the least, strange. Some excerpts: In 1994, Kovats was … Continue reading

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Friday funny? Google to take on climate skeptics

I’m not sure whether to laugh or not, but is this just one more reason to use Bing as a search engine without a climate agenda? Maybe we should make it the official search engine of climate skeptics worldwide? Full … Continue reading

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Post Normal Ravetz Rumpus

Reply from Jerome Ravetz As usual I am nearly overwhelmed by these replies, and I only wish that I could respond to each of them. Let me try to handle some issues that came up repeatedly. First, we can find … Continue reading

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More from Jerome Ravetz: Response to Willis

Guest Post by Jerome Ravetz First, let me respond to Willis. I owe him a huge apology. Yes, I was reading his mind, when I had a vivid memory of some strong statements he made about Judith. Checking those, I … Continue reading

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Ravetz on Lisbon and leading the way

Guest post by Dr. Jerome Ravetz While the micro-bureaucracy of the Lisbon workshop bureaucracy grinds its way towards the release of a statement, I realise that the time is long overdue for me to touch base at WUWT. After all, … Continue reading

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Quote of the week: Genghis Khan should have driven a Prius

Ok that headline is not exactly what was said, but it is the flavor of the absurdity. The quote itself from the Carnegie Institution, distributed via  AAAS’s Eurekalert news service, is actually even more absurd. Here’s the quote:

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