Category Archives: Sociology of science

Girls rule(s)

by Judith Curry

The #MeToo movement is spawning considerable reflection in academia.  Here are some reflections and advice from a senior female scientist (moi) who came up through the academic system during the bad old days of the 1970’s and 1980’s, and who has mentored many young female scientists as they navigate the professional world of academia.

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A veneer of certainty stoking climate alarm

by Judith Curry

In private, climate scientists are much less certain than they tell the public. – Rupert Darwall

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Steve Koonin: A Deceptive New Report on Climate

by Judith Curry

Red-teaming the the U.S. government’s Climate Science Special Report on the topic of sea level rise.

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Stanford Prof sues scientists who criticized him – demands $10M

by Judith Curry

Mannian litigation gone wild. — Steve McIntyre

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Campus insanity versus freedom of speech

by Judith Curry

The aim of education is to make people think, not spare them from discomfort. – Robert Zimmer

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Reviewing the Climate Science Special Report

by Judith Curry

Calling on CE Denizens to review the Climate Science Special Report:  nominate an official reviewer, or participate in the CE Crowdsourced Review.

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Stealth advocacy: a survey of weathercasters’ views on climate change

by Mike Smith

For a decade, the weathercaster and broadcast meteorology communities have been subject of a focused campaign to force them to cover global warming in a manner acceptable to the American Meteorological Society, the American Geophysical Union and other advocacy groups.

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Alarm about alarmism

by Judith Curry

The climate change debate has entered what we might call the “Campfire Phase”, in which the goal is to tell the scariest story. – Oren Cass (twitter)

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Framing the challenge for the climate red team

by Judith Curry

There is an opportunity to steer the proposed red team exercise in a useful direction.  The first step is to frame the problem to be addressed.

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What is red teaming?

by Judith Curry

Last week, Scott Pruitt, EPA Administrator, stated he intended to form a ‘red team’ to debate climate science.  What exactly is ‘red teaming’, and how can this be implemented in a way that is useful for climate science and for policy makers?

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National Climate Assessment and the Trump administration

The National Climate Assessment must be redirected or terminated

by Patrick J. Michaels

Periodic National Assessments of the effects of climate change on the U.S. are mandated by the 1990 Global Change Research Act. The next Assessment Report is scheduled to be published in late 2018.

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The radically fragmented and decentralized age of information

by Judith Curry

Why real nobodies are more powerful than repressed somebodies.

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Nye’s Quadrant

by Judith Curry

The scary emergence of Nye’s Quadrant in dominating the public discourse on climate change.

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Untangling the March for Science

by Judith Curry

Pondering some thorny issues regarding science, its place in society and its relationship to politics.

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The politics of knowledge

by Judith Curry

One needs to ask good questions about whose claims to trust and why. – Sheila Jasanoff

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‘Deniers,’ lies and politics

by Judith Curry

House Science Committee Hearing:  where the so-called ‘deniers’ behave like scientists and the defender of the establishment consensus . . . lies.

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Exactly what are scientists marching ‘for’?

by Judith Curry

The smartest people on the planet want to oppose Trump & the best they can come up with is a march in support of themselves? – Roger Pielke Jr

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What’s wrong with ‘alternative facts’?

by Kip Hansen

‘Alternative facts’ is a term in law to describe inconsistent sets of facts put forth in a court given that there is plausible evidence to support both alternatives. The term is also used to describe competing facts for the two sides of the case.Wikipedia

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Brussel declaration on principles for science & policy making

by Judith Curry

In this age of politicization of science and activist scientists, the Brussel Declaration offers some very good advice and deserves to be widely read and discussed.

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Innate Skepticism

by Andy West

On the origin of public skepticism and its entanglement with science.

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Discussion: JC’s ‘role’

by Judith Curry

In view of recent controversies, numerous criticisms have been made about my ‘role,’ with expectations of things that I ‘should’ be doing.

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The new ‘climate denial’

by Judith Curry

Interesting article in The Atlantic, but I’m still trying to figure out what is being ‘denied.’

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Skin in the game

by Judith Curry

Some reflections on my transition from academic climate research to private sector weather forecasting and regional climate change assessments.

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JC in transition

by Judith Curry

Effective January 1, I have resigned my tenured faculty position at Georgia Tech.

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The latest climate ‘conspiracy theory’

by Judith Curry

Guess who the new climate ‘conspiracy theorists’ are?

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