Truth or consequences: global warming consensus thinking and the decline of public debate

We believe that the city fathers who withdrew endorsement of our meeting were simply following the persuasive power of the AGW consensus advocates. It is doubtful that they, not being…

How we fool ourselves. Part II: Scientific consensus building

The consensus building process acts to amplify personal biases, and marginalizes disagreement from either a majority opinion or the opinion of the loudest or most motivated person in the room.…

New John Cook 97% Consensus Climate Change Video

John Cook has released a new video which attacks a climate skeptic straw man, to try to bolster his 97% climate consensus claim.

Message to the President of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences

In the ongoing effort to clearly summarize their position, CLINTEL has published a Scientific Manifesto in the form of ten propositions. These specifically address, among other things, the role of…

When 98.9 Percent of Nutrition Scientist Got it Wrong

Guest post by Ronald Baron, “I have high cholesterol,” my mother sighed over the phone. “Just got back from my doctor, and my cholesterol reading was 523.” “Is that high?”…

An Analysis Of The 11,000 ‘Micky Mouse’ Climate Scientists

Reposted from Synthesisr November 13, 2019 Climate Change An Analysis Of The 11,000 ‘Micky Mouse’ Climate Scientists It’s because Climate Change! “The further society drifts from truth, the more it…

Re-evaluating the manufacture of the climate consensus

From Dr. Judith Curry’s Climate Etc. Posted on August 21, 2019 by curryja | by Judith Curry A new book by Oppenheimer, Oreskes et al. entitled ‘Discerning Experts: The Practices…

A Skeptical Reply to Dr. Steven Novella’s “Skeptic vs. Denier”

Guest skeptical reply by David Middleton Dr. Steven Novella‘s NEUROLOGICA blog posts are often featured on Real Clear Science. They are always well-written, I probably agree with him most of…

President “Trump thinks scientists are split on climate change”… He’s right, Dana Nuccitelli is wrong

Guest rebuttal by David Middleton Trump thinks scientists are split on climate change. So do most Americans There’s a 97% expert consensus on human-caused global warming, but most Americans are…

“Ninety-seven percent of scientists agree: climate change is real, man-made and dangerous”… Survey Says: NOT!

Guest dredging up the past by David Middleton As a geologist, I spend my work days dredging up the past, mostly from the Upper Miocene to the Lower Pleistocene.  My earlier…

American Climate Denial: Frack Yeah!

Guest ridicule by David Middleton Earther, the folks who reported that Gorebal Warming is deforming the seafloor,  have an interesting perspective of American exceptionalism. SCIENCE Climate Denial is a Form of American Exceptionalism…

“Pseudoscience is embraced, it might be argued, in exact proportion as real science is misunderstood”… Except in the case of climate change.

Guest post by David Middleton This item on Real Clear Science caught my eye today… What Causes Science Denial?  Steven Novella, Neurologica Blog Dr. Novella discussed another paper which found…

Scientific Literacy Leads to More Politically Polarized Opinions on Climate Change

Guest post by David Middleton Individuals with greater science literacy and education have more polarized beliefs on controversial science topics Caitlin Drummonda,1 and Baruch Fischhoffb,c Author Affiliations Edited by Roger E.…

Talking Truth to Climate Consensus

By Rud Istvan A sound bite summary* The climate consensus now has two derogation levels for those who disagree. Climate ‘contrarians’ like Bjørn Lomborg disagree about mitigation policies. Climate ‘deniers’…

The American Meteorological Society @ametsoc falls into the consensus trap in a letter to Rick Perry

Yesterday, the American Meteorological Society (AMS) published a letter yesterday to U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, admonishing him for having the temerity to doubt that carbon dioxide is the…

Heartland Institute Tries to Influence K-12 Teachers… Journalist Calls for Them to Be Burned at the Stake!!!

Guest post by David Middleton OK… My “burned at the stake” comment was mostly sarcastic hyperbole… But the author of this CSM article really deserves a heaping dose of sarcastic…

American Thoracic Society beclowns itself – abandons data for consensus opinion on 'climate related illness'

From the AMERICAN THORACIC SOCIETY and the “consensus is the same as data” department comes this eyeroller of a claim that seems to confuse climate, real air pollution, and weather. It…

How 'consensus science' blew the Solar Cycle 24 prediction, which turned out to be the lowest in 100 years

A few years ago, the best solar models predicted that Solar Cycle 24 would be larger than Solar Cycle 23. Here is a plot from NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center…

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…

Ooops! Not all 31 scientific societies actually signed the AAAS ‘consensus’ letter

Recursive Lies and “Scientific Consensus” Letters Guest opinion by Leo Goldstein The ”Consensus” Letter on Climate Change (06/28/2016), allegedly signed by leaders of 31 scientific organizations and published on the…

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…

Leaked email shows website Climate Feedback plans a propaganda push under guise of #StandWithScience

Plans to generate a crowd-funding campaign to help silence dissent on news articles. I’ve received this from two independent sources, which is said to be from a mailing list being…

A case study bearing on the nature of “consensus” in normal science and in the AGW controversy

Guest essay by Rick Wallace A useful method for gaining an initial understanding of complex social-psychological phenomena is to collect and compare case studies. Despite the humble character of such…

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…