Search Results for: Expertise

Ethics of climate expertise

by Judith Curry If deference to the authoritative opinions of experts is essential to our rationality and knowledge, and if that deference unavoidably rests on trust, not only in the competence, but also in the epistemic and ethical characters of our experts–then it … Continue reading

Advocacy research, incentives and the practice of science

by Judith Curry There is a problem with the practice of science. Because of poor scientific practices, and improper incentives, few papers with useful scientific findings are published in leading journals. The problem appears to be growing due to funding … Continue reading

The latest climate ‘conspiracy theory’

by Judith Curry Guess who the new climate ‘conspiracy theorists’ are?

Canopus, Herakleion, New Orleans & Continental Rifts

by Anthony Lucas An alternative perception of sea level rise and climate change.

Scientists & identity-protective cognition

by Judith Curry Dan Kahan has an interesting blog post on scientists and motivated reasoning.

Will the Oroville Dam survive the ARkStorm?

by David Hagen Should California plan for permanent drought or climate persistence?

Climate scientists versus climate data

by John Bates A look behind the curtain at NOAA’s climate data center.

Science on the verge

by Judith Curry This book offers an uncomfortable but vital diagnosis of the trouble with science. – Jack Stilgoe

The Republic of Science

by Judith Curry The professional standards of science must impose a framework of discipline and at the same time encourage rebellion against it. – Michael Polanyi (1962)

Dan Sarewitz on Saving Science

By Judith Curry Science isn’t self-correcting, it’s self-destructing. To save the enterprise, scientists must come out of the lab and into the real world. – Daniel Sarewitz

Politics and the Changing Norms of Science

by Lucas Bergkamp  “The politician is sometimes tempted to encroach on the normal territory of the scientific estate. In such issues the problem is less often whether politics will presume to dictate to science than it is how much politics … Continue reading

Global climate models and the laws of physics

by Dan Hughes We frequently see the simple statement, “The Laws of Physics”, invoked as the canonical summary of the status of the theoretical basis of GCMs.

My Fox News op-ed on RICO

by Judith Curry A new low in science: criminalizing climate skeptics.

New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision and Environmental Control Initiatives

.by Roger Caiazza The excellent series of posts on energy planning by Planning Engineer and Rud Istavan, a similar series at the Science of Doom and a recent post by Peter Lang all outline the difficulties implementing renewable energy and … Continue reading

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

Violating the norms and ethos of science

by Judith Curry Don’t let transparency damage science.  – Stephan Lewandowsky & Dorothy Bishop

Ins and outs of the ivory tower

by Judith Curry This is the strongest, and most cogently made, argument that I’ve seen against political advocacy by academics related to their subject of expertise.

History and the limits of the climate consensus

by Judith Curry Acknowledging the science of global warming does not require accepting that it is immune to criticism.

A War Against Fire

by Judith Curry The most savage controversies are those as to which there is no good evidence either way. -Bertrand Russell

The beyond-two-degree inferno

by Judith Curry The time for debate has ended. – Marcia McNutt, editor of Science

Climate Change, Epistemic Trust, and Expert Trustworthiness

by Judith Curry Among the best indirect indicators available to nonexperts is the overwhelming numbers of scientists testifying to anthropogenic climate change. Yet the evidential significance of such clear numbers turns substantially on our nonexpert assessment of these scientists’ trustworthiness. … Continue reading

The conceits of consensus

by Judith Curry Critiques, the 3%, and is 47 the new 97?

Overreach at the EPA

by Judith Curry When did the EPA become our Nation’s energy regulator? When did the EPA acquire both the statutory mandate from Congress and the required subject-matter expertise to do FERC’s and the States’ jobs? When did the EPA gain … Continue reading

Ocean acidification discussion thread

by Judith Curry This thread discusses sections 10.3 and 10.4 in Alan Longhurst’s new book Doubt and Certainty in Climate Science.

Assessments, meta-analyses, discussion and peer review

by Judith Curry There is an unfortunate knowledge monopoly in climate science and policy – the IPCC and UNFCCC.  As a result there is insufficient intellectual and political diversity in assessments about climate change.  To break this monopoly, we need … Continue reading