Category Archives: Sociology of science

More scientific mavericks needed

by Judith Curry

Mavericks once played an essential role in research. Indeed, their work defined the 20th century.

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APS reviews its Climate Change Statement

by Judith Curry

The American Physical Society (APS) is in the process of reviewing its 2007 Climate Change Statement.  The process itself is remarkable, and I’ve been privileged to participate in the process.

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Death(?) of expertise

by Judith Curry

I fear we are witnessing the “death of expertise”: a Google-fueled, Wikipedia-based, blog-sodden collapse of any division between professionals and laymen, students and teachers, knowers and wonderers – in other words, between those of any achievement in an area and those with none at all. – Tom Nicholls

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The blogosphere and thought leaders

by Judith Curry

Little boys and girls in ancient Athens grew up wanting to be philosophers. In Renaissance Florence they dreamed of becoming Humanists. But now a new phrase and a new intellectual paragon has emerged to command our admiration: The Thought Leader. – David Brooks

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Masters(?) of many trades

by Judith Curry

Our age reveres the specialist but humans are natural polymaths, at our best when we turn our minds to many things. – Robert Twigger

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Has science lost its way?

by Judith Curry

“The journals want the papers that make the sexiest claims. And scientists believe that the way you succeed is having splashy papers in Science or Nature — it’s not bad for them if a paper turns out to be wrong, if it’s gotten a lot of attention.” – Michael Eisen

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Denial

by Judith Curry

The extension of the “denier” tag to group after group is a development that should alarm all liberal-minded people. One of the great achievements of the Enlightenment—the liberation of historical and scientific enquiry from dogma—is quietly being reversed. – Edward Skidelsky

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The 52% ‘consensus’

by Judith Curry

A comprehensive survey has been conducted of the American Meteorological Society membership to elicit their views on global warming.

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Misinformation, disinformation and conflict

by Judith Curry

On the other hand, serial climate disinformer Judith Curry (Georgia Tech) announced “Consensus distorts the climate picture.”  - Michael Mann

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Trust, and don’t bother to verify

by Judith Curry

There is no cost to getting things wrong. The cost is not getting them published. – Brian Nosek, as quoted by the Economist.

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Global warming: a trojan horse of modernity?

by Judith Curry

What does this perception of climate controversy reveal about our own understanding of the relationship between science and society, nature and culture, and more generally about our relationship to modernity? – Lionel Scotto D’Apollonia

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What is Scientific Mediation?

by Judith Curry

Making clear what the real scientific dispute is about.

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Climate Science & Sociology

by Johanna

The politicisation of climate science is perhaps best illustrated by the emerging role of the social sciences in placing interpretations on human perception of, and responses to, “the science.”

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Anatomy of dissent

by Judith Curry

Two particular subgroups of ACC-questioning mainstream scientists that emerged from my research among atmospheric scientists were two kinds of research meteorologists: the (by definition physics-strong and theoretical) dynamicists and more empirical research meteorologists with past training in synoptic methods and weather prediction. – Myanna Lahsen

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Sociology of the ‘pause’

by Judith Curry

The ‘pause’ has gone mainstream, with an article by Justin Gillis in the NYTimes.

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Climate Change Officers

by Judith Curry

Climate change officers are professionals who apply knowledge of climate-related risks and opportunities to their organizations’ near-term and long-term strategies. These professionals help their organizations to adapt and thrive in a world of climate uncertainty, and guide their organizations toward strategic decisions that are simultaneously strategic for the organization and beneficial to the climate.  -  Association of Climate Change Officers

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Myles Allen: why we’re wasting billions on global warming

by Judith Curry

Do I think we’re doomed to disastrous warming? Absolutely not. But do I think we are doomed if we persist in our current approach to climate policy? I’m afraid the answer is yes. – Myles Allen

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How to humble a wing nut

by Judith Curry

A central puzzle of modern American politics is why so many voters can maintain strong political views concerning complex policies yet remain relatively uninformed about how such policies would bring about desired outcomes. – Phillip Fernbach et al.

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On academics, abstraction, and model addiction

by Judith Curry

What we can see in academic support for climate change is an emotional zeal combined with a highly developed form of abstract thought that is not very healthy, especially when it is combined with a strong sense of self-interest. – Greg Melleuish

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American Physical Society

by Judith Curry

The American Physical Society (APS) has a new Topical Group on the Physics of Climate (GPC).

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Trusting (?) the experts

by Judith Curry

Mathbabe asks ‘Whom can you trust?’ and discusses trusting experts, climate change research, and scientific translators.

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The Goldilocks Principle

by Judith Curry

On what we can learn from Goldilocks and The Three Bears regarding our perceptions of climate, climate science, communication and policy.

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Climate change: no consensus on consensus

by Judith Curry

The manufactured consensus of the IPCC has had the unintended consequences of distorting the science, elevating the voices of scientists that dispute the consensus, and motivating actions by the consensus scientists and their supporters that have diminished the public’s trust in the IPCC.

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Rebuilding public trust in science for policy-making: Japan perspective

by Judith Curry

Until recently, there was little recognition within Japan’s science policy circle of the need to discuss the role of science in government policy-making. A rather innocent notion that the established knowledge and wisdom of scientists would ensure proper decision-making was prevalent. - Arimoto and Sato

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Academic versus professional perspectives

by Judith Curry

In pondering the challenges of climate change (both science and policy), it seems that academics have different perspectives from many other people, with a discriminator being professional decision making experience.

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