Saturday, March 06, 2010

Is this Science?

The global warming fraternity portrays itself as embattled but plays rough.

Stephen Schneider says "Most of our colleagues don't seem to grasp that we're not in a gentlepersons' debate ..." Stephen, I think your colleagues are well aware of that, viz: James Hansen of NASA wanted trials for climate skeptics, accusing them of high crimes against humanity Robert Kennedy Jr. called climate skeptics traitors Yvo de Boer of the UN called climate skepticism criminally irresponsible David Suzuki called for politicians who ignore climate science to be jailed DeSmogBlog's James Hoggan wants skeptics treated as war criminals (video) Grist called for Nuremberg trials for skeptics Emo-Joe Romm wanted skeptics strangled in their beds A blogger at TPM pondered when it would be acceptable to execute climate deniers Heidi Cullen of The Weather Channel called for skeptical forecasters to be decertified Bernie Sanders compared climate skeptics to Nazi appeasers. So yes, Stephen, we know why this is not a "gentlepersons' debate"


palisadesk said...

Hey Instructivist, nice to see you back.

A book you might enjoy:
Lawrence Solomon's The Deniers (title is a tad misleading -- the scientists do not all disagree with the idea that the earth is undergoing a warming trend, but they disagree with some of the major orthodoxies).

You can get a taste here

Catherine Johnson said...

you're back!!

Instructivist said...

Hi palisadesk and Catherine,

Thanks for the book recommendation. I am trying to read as much as I can about about climate issues and the science behind it. I think it was Solomon who wrote an article about a warming ideologue who censored climate articles in Wikipedia.

I wish I could muster my previous enthusiasm for educational matters but I took a leave of absence (hopefully not of my senses).

I would like to thank everybody who found something useful on this blog and who contributed their comments.

Anonymous said...

Instructivist, love your blog, great to see you use facts and logic to dismantle silly ideas about education. For this very reason, it would be a shame to see you slide too far down the rabbit hole of global warming skepticism. It is absolutely true that, as is always the case with science, there are disagreements, inconsistencies, unsettled matters, some large, some small. However, too many have fallen into the trap of confirmation bias and become "true disbelievers" who ignore and distort the facts and the science behind them. Honest intellectual inquiry re: climate change is great, but, keep your BS detector on full power...this is something we ought to teach in school, don't you think? BS detection?