Monthly Archives: May 2016


There’s an interesting recent paper, that Willard will probably appreciate, called why Popper can’t resolve the debate over global warming: Problems with the uses of philosophy of science in the media and public framing of the science of global warming. … Continue reading

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Science communication

I’ve been away at a meeting for a couple of days and have been too busy to write any posts, or even think about what to write. Like Eli, however, I’m also still somewhat mystified by the consensus messaging wars. … Continue reading

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TBH, I don’t really like consensus messaging either

I might have to give Dan Kahan some credit. Even though I’m not convinced that consensus messaging is toxic and polarising in general, there are certainly circumstances in which it can be, as I discovered – again – on Twitter … Continue reading

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Consensus messaging – again

I’ve written before about my views with respect to consensus messaging. It seems to be a topic that divides opinion, but there was a recent paper suggesting that perceived scientific agreement is an important gateway belief, ultimately influencing public responses … Continue reading

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Thousands of exoplanets!

I was quoted in the newspaper today. One problem with talking to journalists, is that you don’t always know quite how they’re going to represent what you said, or – even – if you’re going to end up having said … Continue reading

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ECS ~1K?????

There is a new paper that is being somewhat uncritically accepted at the new Climate “Skepticism” site (and, yes, the inverted commas are necessary) and at Bishop Hill. It’s by someone called J. Ray Bates and claims to estimate climate … Continue reading

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The uncertainty on the mean

I wrote a quick post about Gavin Schmidt’s post comparing models to the satellite datasets. I thought Gavin’s post was very good, and explained the various issues really well. Steve McIntyre, however, is claiming that Schmidt’s histogram doesn’t refute Christy. … Continue reading

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