"System change is now inevitable. Either because we do something about it, or because we will be hit by climate change. '...

"We need to develop economic models that are fit for purpose. The current economic frameworks, the ones that dominate our governments, these frameworks... the current economic frameworks, the neoclassical, the market frameworks, can deal with small changes. It can tell you the difference, if a sock company puts up the price of socks, what the demand for socks will be. It cannot tell you about the sorts of system level changes we are talking about here. We would not use an understanding of laminar flow in fluid dynamics to understand turbulent flow. So why is it we are using marginal economics, small incremental change economics, to understand system level changes?"

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Top ten lists

In the alternative reality, there are the best papers in climate science and these are the worst.

Everything in the part of my taxonomy about skeptics is demonstrated:
  • - weak grasp of climate physics
  • - consequent overemphasis on statistics
  • - very confused idea of the history of climate science
  • - very confused idea of the state of the scientific culture.
Update: Eli was here before me.

5 comments:

Nick Barnes said...

Argh, need to scrub my brain now.

Captain Pithart said...

for more details on the 10 "best" papers check these links:

http://greenfyre.wordpress.com/2008/10/29/climate-change-deniers-top-ten-list/

http://rabett.blogspot.com/2008/10/believing-ten-impossible-things-before.html

EliRabett said...

You left out incohenitherence. The boys are into very red queen territory.

VicDiesel said...

That second link is funny. Her top two "research papers" are speeches.

V.

Marco said...

"Spencer has been a bastion of reliable temperature data" almost made me choke with laughter.