allison.billiam at gmail.com
Wed Oct 31 21:42:30 EDT 2012
This recent book on pseudo-science by a historian of science might be
The Pseudoscience Wars: Immanuel Velikovsky and the Birth of the Modern
Fringe, Michael D. Gordin University of Chicago Press: 2012. 304 pp.
£18.50, $29, ISBN: 9780226304427
"In his final pages, Gordin touches on a new phase of pseudoscience,
practised by a few rogue scientists themselves. Climate-change denialism is
the prime example, in which a handful of researchers, allied with an
effective public-relations machine, are publicly challenging the scientific
consensus that global warming is real and is attributable mainly to human
consumption of fossil fuels. Deniers' questioning of the climate data and
their attacks on the integrity and motivations of the scientists involved
was exemplified by the e-mail-hacking 'climate-gate' scandal of 2009. This
is perhaps the greatest threat from pseudoscience today."
On Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 9:55 AM, Bill Raymond <billraymond10 at yahoo.com>wrote:
> You call anyone who disagrees with you a pseudo-scientist? Anthropogenic
> Global Warming is pseudo-science. It has not been proven, yet you ridicule
> anyone who dares to challenge it. When someone disagrees with AGW, you
> throw in their face all the arguments for climate change. Climate change is
> not the issue; greenhouse gases being the cause is. You know the climate
> has changed many times before. Yet you continue to ignore the obvious
> cause: the sun. Pseudo-science is articles such as comparing the sun-spot
> cycle to past ones and concluding greenhouse gases must be the cause, with
> no supporting evidence other than computer models, which will show whatever
> you want them to. The IPCC, in considering the evidence, concludes the
> solar imput since 1750 has not changed significantly to explain the present
> climate change, but greenhouse gases have risen, ergo that must be the
> cause. During that same period, the third lobe of the Little Ice Age
> proceeded, ca.
> 1775, and sea level DROPPED until the nineteenth century started,
> glaciers readvanced globally, and the only explanation is the sun. We may
> not fully understand the sun, but to rule it out as the cause of the
> present climate change is real pseudo-science.
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