Category Archives: Sound Science ™

If it seems obvious, it probably isn’t

There’s an interesting paper that someone (I forget who) highlighted on Twitter. It’a about when science becomes too easy. The basic idea is that there are pitfalls to popularising scientific information. Compared to experts, laypeople have not undergone any specialized … Continue reading

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The Honest Broker

In discussions about science and policy, it is quite common for people to refer to The Honest Broker, a book by Roger Pielke Jr. I realise that it is now a little old, but I’ve only just had the chance … Continue reading

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The Hawkmoth Effect

I’ve been down to the University of Warwick to give a seminar, and was reading Eric Winsberg’s book on the train. Eric was interviewed by Willard for the previous post and his book is about Philosophy and Climate Science. I’m … Continue reading

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Recursive climateball

I noticed on Twitter that Scott Adams (of Dilbert fame) has got people talking, again, about controversies based on emails from almost 20 years ago. Rather than delving into it too much myself, I thought I would just post the … Continue reading

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Fact mongering

I thought I would highlight an essay that some of my regulars might find of interest. It’s by Adam Briggle in Issues in Science and Technology and is about Fear mongering and fact mongering. The article is essentially about responsible … Continue reading

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Science Has Always Been Political

The following tweet states a fact many historians of science attest: | ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄| Science has always been Political|___________| (__/) || (•ㅅ•) || /   づ#HistorianSignBunny — Dr. Audra J. Wolfe (@ColdWarScience) July 12, 2018 Scientists were not all pleased. Tweetstorms rained. … Continue reading

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An editorial response

Our response to Hermann Harde’s paper has finally appeared. What’s maybe more interesting is that there is also an editorial response by Martin Grosjean, Joel Guiot, and Zicheng Yu. It’s already been discussed at Realclimate and Rabett Run, but there … Continue reading

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