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Arguing With Stupid People

Research shows that stupid people — people who truly are ignorant — tend to think they know far more than they do. They are also more likely to think informed people know less than they do. It’s the D-K effect and it’s rampant at both CA and WUWT and Climate Etc. If you’ve ever haunted […]

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The Limits of Reason

I’ve been absent from the climate change wars for a while — disheartened by the whole Gleick – Heartland affair. I won’t go into it in much detail — aren’t we all extremely tired of it? Sisyphys (1548-1549) by Titian, Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain I’ve been rethinking my role in these debates since the whole business. Gleick’s actions, whatever they […]

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Climate calculus

A column by Jeffrey Simpson in the Globe and Mail got me thinking about climate calculus. Here’s an excerpt: “One line item in every Alberta budget shows how the miracle unfolds: non-renewable energy resources. Last year, Alberta took in $8.6-billion in personal income taxes, $3.6-billion in corporate income taxes, $3.8-billion in “other” revenue, $4.7-billion in federal […]

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“Laws are like…

“Laws are like sausages — it is best not to see them being made.” Often misattributed to Otto von Bismarck, this is a truism well appreciated by the policy analyst and policy maker alike. I just spent a day in a policy seminar on the policy process put on by our local graduate school in […]

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