Truth and Science: A Nobel Laureate’s Advice to Students

By Ron Barmby

Dr. John Clauser is an experimental physicist of the highest order.

His 2022 Nobel Prize in physics is enough to make him one of the preeminent scientists of our times. His work confirmed the existence of quantum entanglement—that two particles once linked remain linked no matter how far apart they are pulled. A change in one linked particle still affects the other linked particle.

A peer of Clauser’s said the achievement “will surely go down as one of the most incredible intellectual achievements in the history of science.” So, when the Nobel laureate talks about physics, the science of matter and energy, people should listen.

He recently was asked to give an inspirational talk to a group of South Korean students. Rather than discuss quantum physics, he grabbed the world’s attention by advising the students their job was to tell the truth. Truth has the property of being in accord with reality, and good science means observing reality in nature and reporting it accurately with no thought to the consequences.

Dr. Clauser told the young South Koreans that when he conducted his prize-winning experiments to settle the debate between Albert Einstein (who rejected quantum entanglement) and Niels Bohr (who supported it), he did not know the answer beforehand. He sought and discovered reality by careful observation of natural phenomena.

Clauser warned the students against being used to manufacture an interpretation of truth at variance with reality, which would then be propagandized opportunistically by non-scientific business and political leaders (he called them “techno-cons”). If the techno-cons can sell this distortion of reality to the public as truth, they win because then they can propose responses or solutions in line with their own agendas. If they can’t sell it, they will switch to another contortion of truth and resume selling.

Clauser has been very open about his views (including with the students) on what is one of the worst sources of dangerous scientific misinformation the public has been fed by techno-cons:  the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He has called the IPCC’s misinformation “a dangerous corruption of science” and “(a) massive shock-journalistic pseudoscience.” Dr. Clauser asserts climate change is “not a crisis.”

Dr. Clauser joined as a director the CO2 Coalition, a leading scientific community (that includes many former IPCC contributors!) dedicated to providing facts, resources and information about the vital role carbon dioxide plays in our environment. He signed the World Climate Declaration (There is no climate emergency), of which the 1,600 signatories rival the IPCC in both numbers and scientific credentials.

Despite his fame and credentials, Dr. Clauser’s reward for expressing his views and warnings to the next generation of Korean physicists was to have a previously scheduled address canceled by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). This reaction seems at odds with the due diligence requirements of an organization tasked with achieving global sustainable growth and prosperity.

Meanwhile, mainstream news continues to tell us the IPCC has nailed the science and that they should be trusted. We should take it on faith that carbon dioxide has caused an existential climate change crisis, that CO2 is responsible for an unnatural and abnormal warming period, that all extreme weather events are increasing due to CO2, that CO2 is causing sea level rises that will drown us and that the ocean reefs are dying. It further asks us to believe that the transition to a carbon dioxide-free economy will be affordable, feasible and quick — even in impoverished nations. These myths are presented as truth by the non-scientific techno-cons.

If all those assertions were true, the techno-cons would not be afraid of Dr. Clauser, and careful observation of natural phenomena would prove their claims to be valid. Instead, they continue to change the supposed reality by saying warming has ended and boiling has begun. Business and political agendas—along with the powerful lobbies they create—can be a poison to serious scientific inquiry. To paraphrase Churchill, each new lie is halfway around the world before the truth can get its pants on.

The students in South Korea may be disappointed they did not get a lecture in quantum mechanics; it was their one and only chance to hear from the physicist who stood on the shoulders of Albert Einstein and Neils Bohr and saw even further than those giants. After all, what could be more important in science than seeing further?

But Dr. John Clauser’s special message to them was that it is more important to tell the truth about what you see than just seeing further. Truth is either entangled with science, or it isn’t science at all.

To quote Churchill directly, “Truth is incontrovertible. Panic may resent it. Ignorance may deride it. Malice may distort it. But there it is.”

CO2 Coalition Member Ron Barmby, a professional engineer, had a 40-year career in the energy industry that covered 40 countries and five continents. He is author of “Sunlight on Climate Change: A Heretic’s Guide to Global Climate Hysteria.

This commentary was first published at Real Clear Education, September 29, 2023.

Photo credit:  US Embassy Sweden, CC BY 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

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October 4, 2023 6:14 pm

Truth is quickly becoming an anachronism being replaced by fear and avarice.

Reply to  czechlist
October 4, 2023 7:56 pm

Joe Biden was a quantum physicist once. As a long hauler, he’d do his experiments at truck stops.

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Scissor
October 4, 2023 8:31 pm

He had to quit when he kept getting his feet entangled.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Clyde Spencer
October 6, 2023 11:11 am


Jim Masterson
Reply to  Scissor
October 4, 2023 8:39 pm

It explains why he keeps shaking hands with virtual particles.

Janice Moore
Reply to  Scissor
October 4, 2023 9:20 pm

Oh, yes, Scissor. Mm, hm. We know this — because he said so.

Janice Moore
Reply to  czechlist
October 4, 2023 8:33 pm

Fortunately, as Churchill said, truth simply


Greed is always trying to kill truth. It never will. It can only hide it for awhile. Sooner or later, the great ocean that is the truth breaks through the mud-and-sticks wall of the scammers and demolishes their wicked schemes.

Janice Moore
Reply to  Janice Moore
October 4, 2023 8:40 pm

And, with science giants like Clauser, Happer, and Lindzen along with years of OBSERVATIONS themselves taking powerful swings at the AGW facade, it is already crumbling.

Reply to  Janice Moore
October 5, 2023 2:03 am

Lots of others too. How about Koonin and Curry?

Reply to  Janice Moore
October 5, 2023 1:07 pm

Check out the comments on YT climate change videos – ordinary people are waking up to the lies of the CAGW scammers.

Janice Moore
Reply to  Graemethecat
October 5, 2023 1:18 pm

Yes! 😀

October 4, 2023 6:38 pm

Reality (aka truth) always wins out in the end.

Trouble is, we can never be sure when “the end” will be.

Conspiracies and lies unravel at a snail’s pace sometimes, but the AGW bullshit now seems to be de-composting like, well – bullshit.

William Howard
Reply to  Mr.
October 5, 2023 11:17 am

a lie gets around the world before the truth gets its pants on – Churchill

R Taylor
Reply to  William Howard
October 5, 2023 1:48 pm

Well, that saying had been across the Atlantic several times before Churchill didn’t say it.

Devils Tower
October 4, 2023 6:40 pm

Quantum entanglement may be closer to climate science than you think. It is directly related to physics of water dimer IR emmision. The current simple view is all energy from water condensation is thru thermalization. Beyond scope of this blog.

Devils Tower
Reply to  Devils Tower
October 4, 2023 6:54 pm

Should have said IR and/or UV emmision. Is their an edit button I am missing…

Janice Moore
Reply to  Devils Tower
October 4, 2023 7:24 pm

There WAS an edit button which we are ALL missing. ☹️

Reply to  Janice Moore
October 5, 2023 1:47 am

Indeed..Why was the edit function removed do you know?

Reply to  SteveG
October 5, 2023 5:42 am

They are working on restoring it, until the site ceases to exist
A two-bit programmer could correct it during his coffee break

Janice Moore
Reply to  SteveG
October 5, 2023 10:31 am

I don’t know. And that nothing has been said about it by WUWT brings up another problem around here (since around 2017 or so), a very disappointing lack of communication from the editors/moderators. We commenters used to be able to ask a moderator to fix something or just ask a question and we would get an answer. For instance, I asked (with a link to the statement I was asking about) over and over why WUWT didn’t publish all the contest essays as promised (I know that Phil Salmon’s and mine were not). Silence. And that is just ONE example that I happen to know about. Commenters ask questions/ask for assistance regularly — with almost always (not always — had to say that to prevent a snarling, “We do, too answer!”) no response (some article posters are more conscientious about that than others, Eric Worrall and Kip Hansen come to mind..).

Anyway. I need to let it go, I know. Trying. Thanks for listening.


Jim Masterson
October 4, 2023 7:22 pm

It’s the Einstein–Podolsky–Rosen (EPR) paradox. The communication between entangled particles is supposedly instantaneous–no matter how far apart they are. This is what bothered Einstein, because he thought it violated relativity. However, no information can be transmitted between entangled particles, so it doesn’t violate relativity.

Mike McMillan
Reply to  Jim Masterson
October 4, 2023 9:24 pm

So if one entangled particle changes state in some way, that information is not instantly transmitted to its partner? That might be in agreement with Einstein, but not with what Clauser demonstrated.

On the other hand, what if one particle collides with its antiparticle? What becomes of the entangled partner? How can it self-annihilate? That argument favors Einstein.

Above my pay grade.

Jim Masterson
Reply to  Mike McMillan
October 4, 2023 9:46 pm

“So if one entangled particle changes state in some way, that information is not instantly transmitted to its partner?”

I didn’t say that. If one partner is forced to pick a state, then the other partner instantly picks the opposite state. Some of the tests claim that this communication exceeds the speed-of-light by several factors. The information I’m talking about is the ability to send messages instantaneously across large distances. That ability isn’t possible–thus relativity isn’t violated.

“On the other hand, what if one particle collides with its antiparticle? What becomes of the entangled partner?”

I think that’s grounds for a divorce.

Reply to  Jim Masterson
October 4, 2023 10:00 pm

The information I’m talking about is the ability to send messages instantaneously across large distances. That ability isn’t possible–thus relativity isn’t violated.

If I put one of an entangled pair in one box, and changes its state, the other will change state too. You agree that is instantaneous transfer of information. The next step is to do this at some speed, and you have a quantum radio, transmitting information instantly.
You seem to miss the point that the change of state IS the information exchange. Totally within reality.
But then, I have not cared much about Relativity ever since I found out they divide by zero and multiply by infinity to find a singularity…a great big intellectual black hole, if you ask me.

Jim Masterson
Reply to  cilo
October 4, 2023 10:12 pm

“You seem to miss the point that the change of state IS the information exchange.”

Nope. You seem to miss the point that the change-of-state is random–we’re talking about quantum systems. You don’t control which state the particle decides to choose–it does. And since it’s random, no intelligent information can be transferred. But it does tell its partner what to do.

“. . . multiply by infinity to find a singularity . . . .”

One of the problems with black holes is that people forget about time dilation. If it takes an infinite amount of time to reach the singularity and Hawking Radiation is true, then the black hole will evaporate long before a singularity can form.

Tim Gorman
Reply to  Jim Masterson
October 5, 2023 3:49 am

If you can’t force a quantum state then how does quantum computing work?

I would also say that we don’t know how to control the quantum state today. That’ doesn’t mean we never will.

Jim Masterson
Reply to  Tim Gorman
October 5, 2023 8:58 am

“If you can’t force a quantum state then how does quantum computing work?”

I don’t know. I haven’t seen any quantum computers. Have you?

Tim Gorman
Reply to  Jim Masterson
October 5, 2023 1:25 pm
Jim Masterson
Reply to  Tim Gorman
October 5, 2023 6:46 pm

Admittedly, I’m not versed into qubit logic like I’m am with standard Boolean algebra type circuits. However, the collapse of a qubit superposition follows standard quantum mechanics randomness. When they read a qubit, which particle decides to choose itself is still random. Say the probability of the two particles in a qubit is set to 35%-65%. When read, the particle that chooses to appear first may be the 35% particle or the 65% particle. You still get to learn the probability ratio either way.

Tim Gorman
Reply to  Jim Masterson
October 6, 2023 6:07 am

Reading what is in the quantum computer isn’t the issue. Getting the value to be read in the computer is the issue. A quantum computer has to be more than a random number generator.

Jim Masterson
Reply to  Tim Gorman
October 6, 2023 12:29 pm

I’m sorry that you don’t like quantum superposition. It’s just a fact of quantum mechanics. Where a binary digit can only be a 1 or a 0, a qubit is both a 1 and a 0 at the same time–until a choice is made. It also holds additional information that is used by the computer. Do I understand it?–nope, not by very much. For an example of quantum strangeness, look up the double slit experiment with electrons. Anyone who says they understand quantum mechanics, probably has never studied quantum mechanics.

Reply to  Jim Masterson
October 7, 2023 1:30 am

I am no expert, but from my readings, controlling a (photon?) particle resulted in the expected reaction in the pair mate. I agree this is still experimental, possibly not much far ahead of cold fusion, but we are ever hopeful…
The entire philosophy behind Dark Mutterings is full of holes, that we seem to agree upon?
As for quantum computing, I do believe you have to set an initial state for each cubit, which closes the hole between your quantum randomness and Tim’s doubts on your randomness claim? What I think is unclear about quantum computing, is that every one is purpose-built, much like that water computer used to model the British economy for decades, successfully.

Jim Masterson
Reply to  cilo
October 7, 2023 12:01 pm

If information can be transferred faster than the speed-of-light, then that would violate GR. So far, all experiments have verified GR.

Steve Case
October 4, 2023 7:22 pm

Dr. John Clauser is an experimental physicist of the highest order.

What he isn’t is a Climate Scientist. Here’s a real Climate Scientist:

Reply to  Steve Case
October 4, 2023 8:01 pm

I’d be more impressed if he knew how to button up his shirt.

Reply to  Scissor
October 5, 2023 1:27 am

I’ve noticed that quite a number of climate sciency people tend towards slovenly. I think that intellectual laziness mirrors laziness in general.

Reply to  BCBill
October 5, 2023 11:47 am

The slovenly / “super casual” look signifies “I am WOKE”.

Bill Parsons
Reply to  Fran
October 5, 2023 1:02 pm

At least he got his buttons into their designated holes. I get the top one wrong of a morning, leading to various quantum entanglements and evidence that I am not quite woke.

Bob Rogers
Reply to  Fran
October 5, 2023 4:39 pm

IDK. I haven’t combed my beard since Christmas and I’m about as woke as DeSantis.

Richard Page
Reply to  Steve Case
October 4, 2023 10:12 pm

Physics is the study of the Universe and how it works, Climate Science is a study of political issues and very simple ecology for computer programmers. If I want to know how the climate works, I will ask a physicist not a climate enthusiast.

Reply to  Richard Page
October 5, 2023 10:17 am

Absolutely. Climate scientists are not. They are indulging their religion. I suspect their “training” includes very little physics, if any.

Jim Masterson
Reply to  slowroll
October 5, 2023 10:45 am

They don’t know thermodynamics otherwise they wouldn’t average temperatures and assume LTE is valid.

Steve Case
Reply to  Steve Case
October 5, 2023 3:26 am

Hmmmm, I wondered how many down votes that YouTube of Josh Willis would generate if I didn’t include a </sarc> tag. If you don’t know much about Doctor Willis here’s an oldy but goody from 2008: Correcting Ocean Cooling

William Howard
Reply to  Steve Case
October 5, 2023 11:24 am

nonsense – it defies all common sense to believe that a miniscule amount of CO2 affects anything having to do with the climate – or that removing man’s contribution to CO2 in the atmosphere, which amounts to something like one one hundredth of one percent of the atmosphere, will change anything

Dave Fair
Reply to  Steve Case
October 6, 2023 11:25 am

In his video the “climate scientist” smoothly moved from the reality of a currently minor warming of the oceans to asserting without proof that the warming was man-made.

John in Oz
Reply to  Steve Case
October 6, 2023 7:57 pm

Does he have another “I can answer every question in one minute” explanation for the Little Ice Age, how it ended and why the rise from then to now is different with our contributions to CO2?

Janice Moore
October 4, 2023 8:07 pm


The IMF (the front organization for Big Wind, EV’, and Big Solar,
et al.) canceling Dr. Clauser is like a Tin Violin Manufacturers Convention canceling Beethoven because he let it be known that tin violins are a worthless scam.

Reply to  Janice Moore
October 4, 2023 11:09 pm

On the other hand Beethovn is not the best person to ask cos he was deaf. Would be like asking Michael Mann for a nuanced view of historical warm and cold periods. Real climate scientists don’t do nuanced, only nonsensed dogma

Janice Moore
Reply to  alastairgray29yahoocom
October 5, 2023 10:34 am

I was assuming that Beethoven observed (heard) the tin violins before he went deaf.

Janice Moore
October 4, 2023 8:22 pm

Love the photo choice.

Caption possibilities:

“Asked what he thought of Michael Mann, Clauser just laughed.”


“Asked if he was troubled that the leaders of the American Physical Society were offended by his remarks, Clauser chuckled, “As if I give a damn what they think.”

October 5, 2023 2:07 am

I believe the students, in receiving this talk by Dr Clauser, received an excellent lesson. A lesson in human cognition is exactly what all young aspiring scientists need to hear.

A rational mind does not work under compulsion; it does not subordinate its grasp of reality to anyone’s orders, directives, or controls; it does not sacrifice its knowledge, its view of the truth, to anyone’s opinions, threats, wishes, plans. – Ayn Rand

William Howard
Reply to  SteveG
October 5, 2023 11:27 am

also my favorite Ayn Rand quote – “you can ignore reality, but you can’t ignore the consequences of ignoring reality”

Reply to  William Howard
October 6, 2023 1:43 am

Yes, and we see that play out right now with nut-zero. Reality always bites……..sooner or later..

October 5, 2023 2:24 am

That still doesn’t change the facts that you’re all doomed deniers-
The leading causes of death around the world (

Reply to  observa
October 5, 2023 4:22 am

Main cause of death …
your time is up !!
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Reply to  1saveenergy
October 5, 2023 5:49 am

After your time is up, you go into a black hole from which no one has ever returned

William Howard
Reply to  observa
October 5, 2023 11:30 am

fast gaining as the leading cause of death – SADS – sudden adult death syndrome all brought to you by the Pfizer/Moderna non-vaccines vaccines

October 5, 2023 2:30 am

In slightly related news …

After Shunning Scientist, University of Pennsylvania Celebrates Her Nobel Prize

School that once demoted Katalin Karikó and cut her pay has made millions of dollars from patenting her work

Katalin Karikó stuck with her mRNA research despite a struggle to publish her work and obtain big grants.

John Oliver
Reply to  rovingbroker
October 5, 2023 7:46 am

I can think of a few people that might not be so enthusiastic about “ participating” in some of the mRNA “ research . I kinda of like to know when I am part of the experiment. But I do not have time to research an assess her background at the moment- I do not necessarily hold her accountable for what others do with the research. Can some one fill me in?

Joseph Zorzin
October 5, 2023 4:03 am

That’s a very nicely written article. Kudos to Dr. Clauser.

October 5, 2023 5:51 am

Linus Pauling, winner of 2 Nobel prizes wrote, “Science is the search for the truth.”
“But science can only be created by those who are thoroughly imbued with the aspiration toward truth and understanding.” Albert Einstein

It’s why we investigate and experiment. So we can understand the reality behind whatever it is we are investigating.

October 5, 2023 10:56 am

Lying is expensive…. most people will not do it without a payoff. Yeah there are the zealots who are easily duped but people with any real power will require a big pay off. In academia…. it’s jobs but elsewhere it’s money. Lies always follow the big money. And the big money always wants more power.

So is truth a thing of the past culturally or have we all become victims of global pandemic of corruption.

You have to have a big time hardened heart and work hard at keeping it hard to lie intentionally on such a large scale. Hardened hearts ultimately live miserable lives . Eventually, they end up alone with a few co-dependents hanging around.

October 5, 2023 11:05 am

Combining the forces of the current tenure promotion system with climate change agenda science is going to push bad public policy to another crisis and stimulus opportunity for dear leaders.

Peter Higgs: I wouldn’t be productive enough for today’s academic system | Peter Higgs | The Guardian

October 5, 2023 11:14 am

It’s the ether theory of physics but with heavy handed Party pushing and international NGO/UN cheerleading this time around. The ‘beauty’ and politically safe thing about it is no Einstein is going to come along to disrupt it up, given the messy nature of climate change science and data. One characteristic of that is uncertainty is banned.

October 5, 2023 11:17 am

Since they are talking about revamping the Nobel Prizes, let’s give Clauser another one for blunt honesty.

October 5, 2023 12:57 pm
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