The only thing we can be sure of about the future is that it will be absolutely fantastic. So if what I say now seems to you to be very reasonable, then I have failed completely. Only if what I tell you appears absolutely unbelievable, have we any chance of visualizing the future as it really will happen.

- Arthur C. Clarke (h/t Brin)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

More Yucks from the Denialati

This is a new prototype of chutzpah, replacing the man who kills his parents and then pleads with the court for mercy on the grounds that he is an orphan.

Go. Look. I am not making this up.
Dozens of think tank cosponsors and hundreds of scientists will gather in an effort to “restore the scientific method” to its rightful place in the debate over the causes, consequences, and policy implications of climate change.

The theme of the conference, “Restoring the Scientific Method,” acknowledges the fact that claims of scientific certainty and predictions of climate catastrophes are based on “post-normal science,” which substitutes claims of consensus for the scientific method. This choice has had terrible consequences for science and society. Abandoning the scientific method led to the “Climategate” scandal and the errors and abuses of peer review by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

The scientists speaking at this conference, and the hundreds more who are expected to attend, are committed to restoring the scientific method. This means abandoning the failed hypothesis of man-made climate change, and using real science and sound economics to improve our understanding of the planet’s ever-changing climate.
So apparently science has been politicized, and the Heartland Institute is here to rescue us. (With economics, yet.) Priceless.

Oh and also:
The event is open to the public. Federal and state elected officials can attend for free.
Boy, oh boy, free tickets for elected officials! That's the way to keep politics out of science. Yupperoo. Yessireebob.

Apparently climate denial is over and has been replaced by a hilarious farce. I can't wait for this!


Oale said...

Kaustubh said...

My two pesos:

The people who run the Liberty Institute of Delhi, a sponsor of the so called ICCC, are a bunch of ignorant, misleading, Ayn Rand loving nutters.

Moth Incarnate said...

"Abandoning the scientific method led to the “Climategate” scandal and the errors and abuses of peer review by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)."

Blaming the victim as well I see... Nothing good can be said.

Oale said...

Kaustubh: thanks for reminding of an army friend, back in 1992, when UNFCCC was founded I had some of my first discussions with him on this matter.

Deech56 said...

What an impressive list of speakers! I'm sure they will be describing their latest groundbreaking research. As an elected church official, I wonder if I can get in for free?

The Heartland announcement sounds like a post from Climate, Etc.

Nick Barnes said...

"restoring the scientific method. This means abandoning the failed hypothesis of man-made climate change"

Nothing quite like prejudice, is there?

Grypo said...

Even the mis-characterized, made-up version of climate science that exists within these people's deluded heads still isn't as silly as their real version.

One of their sponsors is called
"Not by Fire but by Ice

WTF is that? Are they promoting an ice age? Where's the money in that proposal? Oh yeah, anything but warming, I forgot.

My alternative policy institute is the "No, the Stupid Burns - Now!"

Paul said...

Judy must have had another engagement.

Holly Stick said...

It's quite disturbing that one of their links at the bottom leads here:

I wonder how many people happen across this website and get misled.

It says "This page has been accessed 1,942 times" so maybe it is quite new?

adelady said...

"Nothing quite like prejudice, is there?"

Waddya mean prejudice! It's all about clarity of purpose. No blithering or dithering at this assembly.

Straight talk only. None of that analysis=paralysis for us clear thinkers!

shewonk said...

Another Heartland conference...

After tragedy and farce, what's left?

steven said...
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Rattus Norvegicus said...

After tragedy and farce? The rapture!

Oops, that's pretty much the same...

Jim Bouldin said...

Throw in some free beer and pretzels and I'm there.

steven said...

Mt that was a hella funny joke, come on

rpauli said...

One recent denial-a-tribe comes from Senator Orrin Hatch

"And I have seen no hard evidence supporting the calculation by the IPCC that it has greater than 90 percent confidence in its conclusion that humans are dramatically altering the climate." from a letter to a constituent by Senator Orrin Hatch

Paul Baer said...

@shewonk: it's recursive, isn't it? First, tragedy and farce as tragedy, then tragedy and farce as farce, then...

@rpauli: Notwithstanding his inability to understand actual scientific evidence, Hatch has one thing right: there is no evidence of the calculation that the IPCC has 90% confidence in [AGW, roughly speaking]. Because there was no such calculation. The subjective probability judgments of the IPCC are black-boxes, and their critics have some justification for their complaints.

This is not a trivial problem.