Category Archives: The philosophy of science

Science and Skepticism

oarobin posted a comment highlighting a video of a talk about Science and Skepticism by Steven Goodman. It essentially disusses the issue of reproducibility in science, and mentions some issues that I have myself. Ultimately, science is about unconvering “truth”. … Continue reading

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The adults in the room

I was having another discussion on Twitter with Jean Goodwin, who posted the following quote. It’s attributed to Mark Largent and may have been delivered at a AAAS meeting. I’m interested in what other people think of this. I don’t … Continue reading

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The Pursuit of Crappiness

Let’s take stock. Computers and codes are in shambles. The Law is broken. Schools are useless to most. Sports are dope. Most jobs are absurd. Administrations are plagued. We already are living in a boring dystopia. Yet here we are. Most scientific … Continue reading

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20 years of hockey sticks

I wrote this post and then, after a discussion with Kevin Anchukaitis on Twitter, I took it down. I was tempted to not repost it, but thought I’d rewrite bits and have another go. I keep forgetting how controversial this … Continue reading

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The “truth” matters

There’s been a lengthy Twitter exchange about the Harvey et al. paper. In case you don’t remember, it was a paper essentially arguing that those blogs that tend to be dismissive of the risks associated with anthropogenic global warming (AGW) … 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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A little bit of sociology of science?

I recently published a paper on turbulence in discs around young stars. The basic conclusion was that turbulence tends to inhibit, rather than promote, a potential planet formation process. However, rather than talk about the paper itself, I thought I … Continue reading

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