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Thursday, May 15. 2014
What's your favorite - granite or gelato? Pic is my fresh mandarin orange granite in the nifty town of Noto
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Gerson's piece is ignorant BS. He uses aversion as an accusation for those who don't blindly follow the "scientists", i.e., are skeptical. He goes along nicely till he can rush to say that rising sea levels, failing crops, etc. are likely based on, well, nothing but supposition.
He claims conspiratorial that so many from so many countries might get on the band wagon for some supposition, but neglects to address the latest example of that very trend. Just last week, we learned the attack on saturated fat and dietary cholesterol was not based on erroneous science, but bad science. Bad "experiments", bad subject selection, bad timing (Lent), and yet there was consensus among the so-called scientists across organizations and countries for decades. Was there a conspiracy or just a lot of technicians running about playing scientist? And what did the "community" do to those such as Atkins who just offered alternatives that didn't conform to the consensus?
Americans don't have an aversion to science, they have a skepticism of the "scientists". Basically, we are all from Missouri now, "Show me."
Glad you said it, b/c I'm tired of saying this exact thing.
Another low IQ journalist who feigns logic and understanding while he pushes dogma and compliance.
If the WashingPost wants ant-sciience THIS is it: http://judithcurry.com/2014/05/14/lennart-bengtsson-resigns-from-the-gwpf/
A disgrace. A complete and utter disgrace.
Unfortunately, most Americans are pretty ignorant of Scientific Method thanks to our High Schools and colleges. That leaves them susceptible to nonsense phrases like “scientific consensus.”
Global Warming due to CO2 emissions is a Hypothesis for which the Predicted results have never occurred.
Without any repeatable Experimental or Observable results that fit the prediction, it can be considered a dis proven (bad) Hypothesis.
Furthermore, the modeling and data collection was so shoddy and secretive, no real peer review has taken place. So the “Global Warming” hypothesis never even progressed to the Theory stage. It’s just a stupid idea that nobody can prove.
I tell the young folk in my office, who always call me "the skeptic" that skepticism is a GOOD, whereas cynicism is most likely not.
Skepticism is an important part of the scientific process, and I was taught that by my HS physics teacher and college physics professors.
Skepticism must be allayed properly and fully for a scientific finding to be adopted as acceptable. Simply saying "we all agree with the hypothesis even though the data keeps changing and isn't consistently pointing in one direction" is meaningless.
To All You Deniers:
The Ice Age is Comin'. Science promised us it would be here by 1975 and by 1975 it will be here. Because, Science!
For all your Denier Needs.
"Yesterday I cud not spel *sciience*tist, today I can deny I are wun."
By the rules, only climate scientists can speak on the subject, Gerson not being one can be ignored.
Believe I'll have the granite, looks tasty, easy to make and might go well with a say jigger or two of white whisky.
"Resistance in the United States to evolution is often associated with conservative religion. And skepticism about climate change is correlated with libertarian and free-market beliefs."
Sure, MG. The Gell-Mann Amnesia effect in full glory...
...Correlation Isn’t Causation. The earliest debunker I remember was back in the early '50s when someone found nearly perfect linear correlation between annual rainfall someplace in China and the murder rate someplace in Europe. IIRC. (It was a long time ago.) I was a budding bacteriologist at the time and paid attention to such things. Also, doing a linear correlation back then was an all, or several day job on a Friden or Marchant, depending on the amount of data.
How does one cite vitamins as an example of anti-science then declare climatologist infallible?
Does he truly not know that vitamins were once a major scientific discovery and the importance of vitamin supplements was a scientific fact?
The problem isn't just a lack of scientific knowledge, it's also our ignorance of history.
I wonder--do you suppose that the increase in our admiration of this country's mafia groups have anything to do with a decrease in our innovation and entrepreneurial efforts?
Met a young woman demonstrating her new pasta here in the Costco store. She was so thrilled because she has "the opportunity" to be in Costco. What she has yet to experience is what a company like that will do to her/her company if/when her pasta becomes a big money maker. YES, absolutely she will get taken out--one way or the other. In the 1950-early 60 period that was reprehensible. Todays young people grow up hoping they will be tough/smart enough to come out with a fair deal. HOWEVER, the point I wish to make is this: if they choose to stay with and maintain ownership/control of their own company/ideas/business for a lifetime--that is no longer an option in today's Amerikka! They know it--they see it on tv in the entertainment section all the time. The idea that a successful mom/pop local operation can stay in business without being harassed by the bad boys is no longer.
I believe that subliminally that realization has had an effect on the last two generations. Who wants all that grief--why bother?
The tragedy of course is that today's young woman are being taught to shout "anti capitalism" slogans, while not understanding that what they have to do is to have the courage to build a set of acceptable ethics of operation that they will not permit to be crossed over during their reign. We did not and that was wrong.
ProTip: if you're going to slag America, the conventional spelling is "Amerikkka", with a triple "k", not your double "k". Three "ks" invokes the Klan and is vaguely both German, hence Nazi, as well as Soviety. Proper nomenclature is all that stands between you and epic rant.
Must have hit a nerve if that is all you can criticize! Seriously though: what is the code of ethics that today's young people have in place for dealing with corruption?
As a young, urbane, man-about-town I believe ethics should be strictly controlled by our immigration laws and all of them deported.