Previously I wrote about Camille Paglia’s view of “fancy-pants, speculative, climate models”. Like Paglia, Freeman Dyson is listed as one of the top 100 intellectuals in the world today, rated at number 25.
In an essay, Dyson writes:
“My first heresy says that all the fuss about global warming is grossly exaggerated. Here I am opposing the holy brotherhood of climate model experts and the crowd of deluded citizens who believe the numbers predicted by the computer models.”
That’s quite a statement. But this one is really what hit home with me, because it captures the essence of what my www.surfacestations.org project is all about:
“It is much easier for a scientist to sit in an air-conditioned building and run computer models, than to put on winter clothes and measure what is really happening outside in the swamps and the clouds. That is why the climate model experts end up believing their own models. ” and also “When I listen to the public debates about climate change, I am impressed by the enormous gaps in our knowledge.”
Too much of climate science today is removed from the measuring environment. I wonder, would such scientists have invested so heavily in studies of the surface temperature record if they knew the condition it was in?
Read Dyson’s full essay here on his website.