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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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Climate Denialism for Dummies

Take a tour around the climate denial-o-sphere and you will come across proof absolute that many people involved in discussing the issue of climate change and global warming just don’t know what the heck they’re talking about. Like Rick Perry, for example: “I think there are a substantial number of scientists who have manipulated data […]

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The Top Ten Signs That You’re A Denier

There’s a lot of confusion out there in the climate denialosphere over the title “Denier” vs. “Skeptic” and their proper application. Many deniers seem unable to recognize themselves in the mirror while others deny their denialist tendencies, like an addict who says they can quit anytime they want — really! Some get really really upset […]

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