Tag Archives: climate science

Sometimes it’s never good enough

I’ve, in the past, suggested that climate scientists could end up being criticised whatever happens. If the impact of climate change ends up being less severe than it could have been, climate scientists will probably be criticised for being alarmists. … Continue reading

Posted in Philosophy for Bloggers, Policy, Politics, Scientists, The philosophy of science | Tagged , , , , , | 105 Comments

Andrew Dessler rebuts Roy Spencer

Most of the focus at the moment is rightly on the coronavirus. Since I have no relevant expertise whatsoever, all I’ll say is that I hope everyone is doing their best to stay safe, and listening to the advice that’s … Continue reading

Posted in Climate change, Policy, Roy Spencer, The philosophy of science, The scientific method | Tagged , , , | 67 Comments

Five dimensions of climate science reductionism

Since I’ve been writing about social science papers recently, there are a couple of others I wanted to mention. I discovered that James has already covered one, so I don’t need to say more. The other is a paper called … Continue reading

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THE GWPF’s annual lecture

Since I had nothing better to do with my afternoon, I watched the Global Warming Policy Foundation’s (GWPF) Annual Lecture, given this year by Richard Lindzen. If you really want to watch it, you can find the link here, but … Continue reading

Posted in Carbon tax, Climate change, Climate sensitivity, ClimateBall, Global warming, Policy, The scientific method | Tagged , , , , | 177 Comments

Mertonian norms

There are a set of norms of science, first presented by Robert K Merton and known as the Mertonian norms. I found what seems to be a good description of them here. There are four Mertonian norms, called universalism, communalism, … Continue reading

Posted in Climate change, ClimateBall, Roger Pielke Jr, Scientists, The philosophy of science, The scientific method | Tagged , , , , , | 69 Comments

Hearing about climate science and the scientific method

I’ve been travelling and so haven’t really had much chance to keep up with what’s going on. I have, however, finally managed to watch the Congressional Hearing on Climate Science: Assumptions, Policy Implications and the Scientific Method. It was all … Continue reading

Posted in Climate change, Climate sensitivity, ClimateBall, Global warming, Judith Curry, Michael Mann, The philosophy of science, The scientific method, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | 84 Comments

Informing versus convincing

I want to clarify something about yesterday’s post that seems to have at least got one person up in arms. The key point that I was trying to get across (and that I think is the same as Michael Tobis’s … Continue reading

Posted in ClimateBall, ethics, Global warming, Research, Science, The scientific method | Tagged , , , , , , | 116 Comments

Matt Ridley’s lecture

I thought I might make some points about Matt Ridley’s recent lecture. There are two general points I want to make. Matt Ridley might have a PhD (DPhil technically) and he might have published some papers in the 1980s, but … Continue reading

Posted in Climate change, Climate sensitivity, ClimateBall, Greenhouse effect, IPCC, Policy, Politics, Science | Tagged , , , , , , , | 132 Comments

Less science, more social science!

Stoat has a new post called climate science identifies the problem – it can’t tell us what to do in response and – as he says – this is pretty bleedin’ obvious. Science can clearly provide information as to how … Continue reading

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