Monthly Archives: March 2016

Free speech in academia

I wrote a post a while ago about the newly formed Heterodox Academy. The basic motivation of the Heterodox Academy is [t]o increase viewpoint diversity in the academy, with a special focus on the social sciences. The basic idea being … Continue reading

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Grant troughers?

I wandered over to Paul Homewood’s site, and discovered his most recent post was about Royal Society Fellowship. He remarks that: It won’t come as any surprise to learn that there are many other climate scientists at the trough. and … Continue reading

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Reblog: On Hansen et al.

I haven’t really had a chance to properly read the new Hansen et al. paper (apart from the reviewers, who does?). However, it is clearly a paper that has already had impact and somewhat divided opinions, so I asked Peter … Continue reading

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Extreme events

I had thought of writing about Hansen’s recent paper, but I’m not really sure what to say about it. I did read some of the reviews – Thorne, Archer, Ruddiman – and, unsurprisingly, there appear to be some valid criticisms. … Continue reading

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Physicists!

There’s a classic xkcd cartoon (on the right) that is meant to illustrate the arrogance of physicists. As one myself I, of course, think it’s a gross generalisation, but there is certainly an element of truth, as illustrated by the … Continue reading

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Some of my own science, for a change

There’s not much point in running a science blog if you don’t discuss your own research now and again. The reason I had thought of writing about it is that, last week, I was at a meeting I had helped … Continue reading

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Ending the antagonistic climate debate

I wanted to write another post about the recent paper by Sharman and Howarth that considers why climate scientists and skeptical voices participate in the climate debate? This is partly because Reich suggested that maybe there is something to learn … Continue reading

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Guest post: Can we end the antagonistic ‘climate debate’?

This is a guest post by Richard Erskine, who is a regular commenter here and also writes EssaysConcerning. As should be clear, it’s a comment on a recent paper by Amelia Sharman and Candice Howarth that considers why climate scientists … Continue reading

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Volcanoes and ENSO

One known issue with climate models is that they tend to suggest a larger response to a volcanic eruption than is observed. A recent paper by Lehner et al. shows that all large eruptions since 1951 coincided with El Niño … Continue reading

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Guest post: Surface and Satellite Discrepancy

This is a guest post by Steven Mosher, whose previous guest post was about skeptics demanding adjustments. This one is about discrepancies between surface temperature and satellite temperature datasets. I don’t really need to say more. Guest post: Surface and … Continue reading

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