A short comment on statistical versus mathematical modelling

From Nature Communications Andrea Saltelli Nature Communications volume 10, Article number: 3870 (2019) | Download Citation While the crisis of statistics has made it to the headlines, that of mathematical modelling hasn’t. Something can be learned comparing the two, and looking at other instances of production of numbers.Sociology of quantification and post-normal science can help.…

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Anti-GMO attitudes study Nature 2019

Submitted by Joel O’Bryan, PhD From NPR on-line, there is this news item: “People Strongly Against GMOs Had Shakier Understanding Of Food Science, Study Finds” January 26, 2019 7:00 AM ET https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2019/01/26/687852367/people-strongly-against-gmos-had-shakier-understanding-of-food-science-study-fin “People who most intensely oppose genetically modified food think they know a lot about food science, but actually know the least, according to…

Study: Sea Level Rise Revised Downward

Reposted from Roy Spencer’s Blog July 21st, 2017 by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. If I had not looked past the headline of the press report on a new study, I would have just filed it under “It’s worse than we thought”. A new study in Nature reported on July 17 carried the following headlines:…

Monday merry – Nursery Rimes

Josh writes: On the eve of the opening of the COP 21 in Paris, a new study published Oct. 12 in the journal Nature Climate Change by an international team of researchers based at KEDGE Business School, University of Leeds, University of Bonn and University of Rome demonstrates that Summaries for Policymakers produced since 1990 by the Intergovernmental Panel…

The Met Office hides the decline, starring 'Doctor No'

I’ve come to think of Richard Betts as “Dr. No” mainly because he seems to say no to any possibility that the Met Office might not be giving out accurate forecasts to the public. I’ve had a few Twitter exchanges with him this week, and one question I asked in particular tripped him up. I…

Some progress on the skeptic -vs- denier ugliness

Readers may recall this WUWT story:  Nature’s ugly decision: ‘Deniers’ enters the scientific literature. Meanwhile, the discussion continues at John Nielsen-Gammon’s Climate Abyss website on Skeptics are Not Deniers, with part 3 now posted. Part 4 will likely be at this link today At Jo Nova’s she has a response from Dr. Paul Bain. She…