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The Perils of Consensus

Victor Grauer writes: The film, “The Big Short,” and the book, “No One Would Listen,” offer instructive object lessons on the dangers of blindly accepting a consensus, no matter how convincing it might sound. The following is lightly edited version of a comment originally submitted to the RealClimate blog, but predictably it wound up in…

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Attempt by AAAS at climate consensus underscores the fact the ‘science is not a democracy’

From the “so what?” department and the American Association for the Advancement of Science via Eurekalert: Thirty-one top scientific societies speak with one voice on global climate change In a consensus letter to U.S. policymakers, a partnership of 31 leading nonpartisan scientific societies today reaffirmed the reality of human-caused climate change, noting that greenhouse gas…

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Problems With Analyzing Governed Systems

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I’ve been ruminating on the continuing misunderstanding of my position that a governor is fundamentally different from simple feedback. People say things like “A governor is just a kind of feedback”. Well, yes, that’s true, and it is also true that a human being is “just a bag full of organic…