Causes of the rise of groupthink in academia

This is a quick note looking at some possible causes of academic groupthink and why it might be more prevalent in recent years. We all know that climate “science” has revealed the most appalling side of academia with bullying groupthink anti-science disregard for the evidence and wholesale fraud in the compilation of temperature. However, it’s […]

The theory of non-causality

In logic, there is a requirement the world is structured such that A->B which can be read “if A then B”, but is often assumed to mean: “A causes B”. As a physicist, I was indeed taught that the whole world could be dissected into smaller and smaller constituent parts and that these could all […]

An Aspiring Scientist’s Frustration with Modern-Day Academia

Judith Curry alerted me to a really good article “Here’s one way to reach a consensus“. I think very accurately describes the environment within which the global warming scare flourished and sceptical-science was repressed. Here’s a good excerpt. You need only know is that her own academic she was attacking based his views on actual […]

The Climate wars – toward a washup review.

As I said a while back (The limits of Climate Hysteria) we’ve now reached the stage in these “climate wars” whereby the climate itself is the main combatant forcing the ranks of the delusional public academia, to be dragged kicking and screaming to the reality of our ever varying climate, as the climate itself now […]

Why academics should pay the cost when Global warming fails

If you offer advice to government and claim that advice should be followed, then you are taking on the role of a normal private sector consultant who is legally liable for the costs incurred by those to whom they give bad advice. This is just a simple principle of law. Another is that there is […]

The Human Reptile?

A long time ago animals were divided into “mammals” and “reptiles” from Latin repere “to crawl, creep”. Reptiles were the cold blooded, scaly creatures who lurked in cold water laid eggs and were basically “not nice” like fluffy furry mammals. Then along came James Cooke, the discovery of Australia and with it the Platypus an […]

Admission: Climate Scientists are Extremists and Alarmists

There’s a trailer for another “Trust me I call myself a scientist” videos which is a completely doomed tactic of trying to persuade people that they do good science by taking the shortcut and making a PR movie, rather than doing the hard graft and doing good science: Like all the past videos, this is […]

Phases of a public scare

1. Discovery Discovering of a believable threat. In 1910 scientists discovered that Halley’s Coment contained significant levels of cyanide. Or they “discover” that bird flu (like all flu) has caused deaths. The millennium bug is “discovered” as a story which taps into the fear of new technology and “crazed robots” on TV. 2. Dismissal The […]