Settled Science = Obesity Epidemic
Anyone who thinks it’s enough to rest an argument on “settled science” or a “scientific consensus” ought to read about John Yudkin.
Yudkin was a British professor of nutrition who, in 1972, sounded the alarm about sugar in diets, saying that if sugar were treated like any other food additive “that material would be promptly banned.” He said sugar, not fat, was the more likely cause of obesity, heart disease and diabetes.
For his efforts, Yudkin was branded a shill for the meat and dairy industries. His work was dismissed as “emotional assertions,” “science fiction” and “a mountain of nonsense.” Journals refused to publish his papers. He was uninvited from nutrition conferences and was ridiculed by the scientific community.
“Prominent nutritionists combined with the food industry to destroy his reputation, and his career never recovered,” writes Ian Leslie in a lengthy piece titled “The Sugar Conspiracy” that was published recently in The Guardian.
… despite the patina of pure objectivity, “scientific inquiry is prone to the eternal rules of human social life:
deference to the charismatic,
herding toward majority opinion,
punishment for deviance,
and intense discomfort with admitting to error.”
Question: “What did South Australians have before candles?”
A sad (but accurate) blog post on stupidity in the AGW cult.
Climate change is NOT to blame for polar bears breeding with grizzly bears
One of the many damaging effects of climate change put forward by scientists is that shrinking habitats are causing polar and grizzly bears to mate more.
This hybridisation could dilute polar bears’ DNA which will further drive down the animals’ already dwindling numbers, experts suggest.
But a new study reveals that this inter-breeding is natural and is in fact not a consequence of global warming.
It had previously been assumed climate change causes grizzlies or ‘brown bears’ to invade northern regions while polar bears are pushed onto the sea ice later than usual.
The new results show however that an abundant flow of genes among different bear species occurred plenty of times in the past.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4428678/Climate-change-NOT-blame-polar-bear-hybrids.html
Day 109. The Arctic is 6.38% below the mean.
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Day 101. Antarctic is 2nd lowest for the day behind 1980. Arctic is 3rd lowest behind 2007 and 2016.
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