Tag Archives: skeptics

Turtles all the way down

One of the favorite claims of ‘skeptics’ — and I’m growing more and more hesitant about using that term without scary quotes because there just doesn’t seem to be any real ones around, at least as far as I can see — is that NASA or NOAA or CRU or other climate researchers selectively alter […]

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Trolls, drawing and quartering, and other vexatious characters

A bit of a roundup of interesting posts of late: An interesting post over at Rabett Run — one of my favorite parts of the climate briar patch — reposting Jorg Zimmerman’s post on the nature of trolls, and in particular “concern trolls”. Here is an excerpt: In internet jargon, there is the English term […]

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Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics

I’ve always been a fan of Mark Twain and Benjamin Disraeli, and this is one of the first concepts we learned in University level statistics course. It’s interesting to see how people play with statistics, using them to make claims that those in the know can tell are really deceitful. Let’s look at an example […]

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Of Toast, Porkies, Amazongate and Denialist Donkey Braying

So, we had climategate, which in my estimation — and that of others — amounted to a hill of beans. Even Chylek admits that nothing in the emails destroys the main pillar in the AGW paradigm — the globally averaged temperature record.  AGW, which is not premised on the hockey stick, or solely on model […]

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On Pillar Toppling

I have a day off today and have been surfing a number of websites looking at elements of the skeptic criticism of AGW theory. Chylek’s letter got me thinking about these pillars he sees as being undermined by the CRU emails and why I have been so little moved by all the evidence skeptics have […]

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A Former AGW Supporter Turns Skeptic

As promised to Ron Cram, I am creating this post to discuss Allegre’s skeptic turn and the reasons for it. Here is an excerpt from the NP article: Fifteen years ago, Dr. Allegre was among the 1500 prominent scientists who signed “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity,” a highly publicized letter stressing that global warming’s “potential […]

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