Category Archives: Sociology of science

The 97% feud

by Judith Curry

An academic feud swirls around how best or even whether to express the scientific consensus around climate change.  

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The raw politics of science

by Judith Curry

 The myth that there is no politics of science is dangerous as it prevents the important and urgently needed institution of some democratic control of the existing system of politics within the commonwealth of learning. – Joseph Agassi

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On academic bullying

by Judith Curry

So Prof. Enoch is basically seeking to harm Prof. Bell’s reputation, without providing literally ANY documentation that Prof. Bell is wrong, much less so egregiously wrong that his work should be considered “pseudo-scholarship” and his reputation should suffer. 

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Exploring controversy: NIPCC versus IPCC

by Judith Curry

Who assesses the assessors of climate science research?  A new paper reviews the climate change reviewers by comparing references in the NIPCC and IPCC reports.

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Why scientists should talk to philosophers

by Judith Curry

The divorce between philosophers and scientists is fairly recent.  Its time for a reconciliation.

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‘Scientist’: the evolving story of a word

by Judith Curry

Tracing the acceptance or rejection of “scientist” among researchers not only gives us a history of a word—it also provides insight into the self-image of scientific researchers in the English-speaking world in a time when the social and cultural status of “science” was undergoing tremendous changes. – Melinda Baldwin

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Phunny Physics

by Judith Curry

Newtons Laws of Expertise and the 4th Law of Thermodynamics.

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Uneasy expertise

by Judith Curry

Experts might instead need to pick a side, join the fight, and accept that their claims to knowledge and authority will always and everywhere be contested. – Jason Wilson

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What is the measure of scientific ‘success’?

by Judith Curry

Science has been extraordinarily successful at taking the measure of the world, but paradoxically the world finds it extraordinarily difficult to take the measure of science — or any type of scholarship for that matter. – Stephen Curry

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State of the blog discussion thread

by Judith Curry

After almost four years of blogging at Climate Etc., its time for some reflection

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The sociology of correlation and causation

by Judith Curry

Correlation doesn’t imply  causation.

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Are climate scientists being forced to toe the line?

by Judith Curry

Climate researchers are now engaged in a debate about whether their science is being crippled by a compulsion to conform. They wonder if pressure to reach a consensus is too great. They ask if criticism is being suppressed. No less is at stake than the credibility of research evidence for climate change and the very question of whether climate research is still reliable. – Spiegel

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Science and policy – reconciling the two cultures

by Judith Curry

There are obvious issues, such as protecting the independence of advice, acknowledging the limitations of science and being clear about what we know and do not know, to understand how science informs but does not make policy, and the need to ensure honest brokerage of information. – Sir Peter Gluckman

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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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