Partly because I managed to get my laptop to stop working (by spilling coffee on the keyboard) and partly because I don’t have much to say (well, not much that would be constructive) I haven’t posted for a few days. Also, with guest posts from Steven Mosher and Richard Betts, I haven’t had to write anything and am getting rather used to that.
Both guest posts actually garnered quite a lot of attention, more so than my normal posts (no surprised there really 🙂 ). I thought that the response to Steven’s post was quite interesting, given that the post itself was written by someone who had previously been quite skeptical, but had done the work to convince themselves of the merits of the analysis, and partly because there was a similar guest post on Judith Curry’s blog, that also had Steven as an author. Made me think that progress is possible.
Richard Betts’s post also generated a lot of interest, not all of it positive, but I think I broadly agree with the sentiment in Richard’s post – if the goal is to encourage better dialogue about the science, then being less hostile would be of benefit and, given that we own our own behaviour, we can choose to be less hostile irrespective of how others choose to behave (that’s my view, at least). Richard Erskine has a similar post of his own that’s worth a read.
However, despite all these positive feelings, I can’t quite get rid of my natural cynicism, and so thought I would post this cartoon which I first saw on Stoat, but which originates from vvattsupwiththat?. In the midst of all these serious attempts to discuss the climate wars and how to improve dialogue, this may be the most apt description of all 😀