I’ve just finished reading an extended article from Thursday’s Guardian. It describes how guidelines on low-fat diets arose and explains how they have been rigorously defended to the exclusion of other theories – to the detriment of health, science and some careers. I was struck by … Continue reading
Found at Bishop Hill and reposted here so I can find it again.
This was new to me. Not the differing forms of disagreement, but that someone bothered to put it into a simple but convincing hierarchy. Nice! Figure: “Graham’s Hierarchy of Disagreement” from clear refutation to mere vituperation, based on the essay … Continue reading
Einstein’s advice for dealing with ‘reptiles’ over a century ago. A letter to Marie Curie, found among a newly published collection of Albert Einstein’s papers, was written at a time when she was facing vilification by the press. It begins: “Do not laugh at me … Continue reading
“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser men so full of doubts.” (Bertrand Russell). Well ain’t that so.
It’s not unusual to be reading a book quite unrelated to weather, climate, politics or anything to do with to global warming, when a little light goes on in the back of your brain and you think ‘oh – that’s … Continue reading
Ed Davey seemed to forget today that the public is very capable of forming its own opinion and has grown cynical of politicians’ platitudes on contentious issues (who can forget the now Lord Deben during the BSE crisis?). His words, … Continue reading
The BBC’s magazine programme A Point of View this week was from John N. Gray – a comment on our modern world illustrated by topical reference to F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. The passage that jumped out was (bold … Continue reading
Environment Agency chief says ‘weather is unpredictable’. In an article published in the Sunday Telegraph (and also covered by the Daily Mail – link image right), Lord Smith, chairman of the Environment Agency, perpetuates the ‘extreme weather’ meme. Referring to … Continue reading
If some of Michael Mann’s followers think that prominent skeptics belong in a special circle of hell (see ‘Mannte’s Inferno‘), here’s news for them. The Nine Circles of Scientific Hell*, as proposed by Neuroskeptic blogspot, are likely to be well … Continue reading