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.
Think about this.
“The last piece of the ice sheet that once blanketed much of North America is doomed to disappear in the next several centuries, says a new study by researchers at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia and the University of Colorado Boulder.”
Sad to say SFU is my alma mater.
“The Barnes Ice Cap, a Delaware-sized feature on Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic, is melting at a rapid pace, driven by increased greenhouse gases in the atmosphere that have elevated Arctic temperatures. The ice cap, while still 500 meters thick, is slated to melt in about 300 years under business-as-usual greenhouse gas emissions.”
They love predictions that won’t come true for 300 years. It won’t interfere in the grant money harvesting.
“The results provide compelling evidence that the current level of warming is almost unheard of in the past 2.5 million years, according to the authors. Only three times at most in that time period has the Barnes Ice Cap been so small, a study of isotopes created by cosmic rays that were trapped in rocks around the Barnes Ice Cap indicated.”
Wait … “almost unheard of”? Almost?
Wait … “Only three times at most”?
“This is the disappearance of a feature from the last glacial age, which would have probably survived without anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions,”
“The geological data is pretty clear that the Barnes Ice Cap almost never disappears in the interglacial times,”
Climate science says:
CO2 was about 280ppm in 1750.
CO2 is about 404ppm now.
CO2 levels have been rising by about 2ppm since 1997.
Therefore a doubling of CO2 from 1750 will occur around 78 years from now – say 2100.
The Transient Climate Response to a doubling of CO2 is around 1.35C.
Therefore temperatures from 1750 to 2100 will have risen by 1.35C
And for temperature to rise another 1.35C CO2 will have to go from 560ppm to 1120ppm – 280 more years 2380.
I don’t know about you, but 2.7C by 2380 sounds pretty nice.
And remember, for temperatures to go up 1.35C from today, it will take 200 years.
Whats everybody worrying about?
(h/t Hockey Schtick)
The climate model scam explained by Scott Adams.
Warming did it. Cooling did it.
“The Earth has known several mass extinctions over the course of its history. One of the most important happened at the Permian-Triassic boundary 250 million years ago. Over 95% of marine species disappeared and, up until now, scientists have linked this extinction to a significant rise in Earth temperatures. But researchers have now discovered that this extinction took place during a short ice age which preceded the global climate warming.”
Maybe NASA might have given more than 6 hours warning if it wasn’t squandering billions a year on the AGW cult.
“A 10-foot asteroid whizzed past Earth yesterday at a distance 20 times closer than the moon – and astronomers spotted it just six hours before its closest approach.
Known as 2017 EA, the tiny space rock soared just 9,000 miles (14,500 km) above the eastern Pacific Ocean, reaching its nearest point at 6:04 a.m. PST on Thursday morning.
Scientists at the NASA-funded Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona detected asteroid 2017 EA just six hours before its closest approach, according to the space agency’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4279480/NASA-reveals-asteroid-passed-close-Earth-yesterday.html