Category Archives: Betrayal of Science and Reason

The population consumption environment nexus

Today’s post is that which was intended for last Monday. However, thanks to the happy coincidence of incoming information, Monday’s post was taken up with summarising an 11-year old presentation by Dr Albert A. Bartlett, entitled ‘Arithmetic, Population and Energy’, … Continue reading

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The political misuse of scepticism

Connecting the dots – the story continues… This is the second of 3 posts re-visiting three points made in the introduction to my MA dissertation on climate change scepticism in the UK (as summarised on my About page), which are … Continue reading

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Lindzen’s litany of laissez-faire libertarianism

Professor Richard Lindzen has been a prisoner of libertarian ideology for a very long time. He left his scientific objectivity behind a very long time ago; and has been telling anyone who would listen (and unfortunately a great number have … Continue reading

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Goodbye Goldilocks Planet?

Is it time to say goodbye to the Goldilocks Planet? I hope not, because the next-nearest one yet discovered is 600 light years away! However, if we are indeed now passing a tipping point (i.e. as the widespread rapid thawing … Continue reading

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Top UK Christmas Sales

Following on from yesterday, my second revelation courtesy of Christmas television is this: The 1984 Band Aid single “Do they know its Christmas? (Feed the world)” is the biggest-selling Christmas Number One of all time in the UK (selling twice … Continue reading

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Fables about toxic chemicals?

In this, the last chapter of Betrayal of Science and Reason (1996) dealing with “brownlash fables” (i.e. denialist misinformation), Paul and Anne Ehrlich return to their first love – biology: In so doing, they start by reminding us that humans … Continue reading

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Fables about climate change?

Continuing my review of Paul and Anne Ehrlich’s Betrayal of Science and Reason (1996), we come to Chapter 8 – regarding (what they called) the “brownlash’s” fables about the Atmosphere and Climate. Given that the Ehrlichs acknowledge that climate change … Continue reading

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Fables about biodiversity (etc)?

Continuing my review of Paul and Anne Ehrlich’s Betrayal of Science and Reason (1996), we come to Chapter 7 – regarding (what they called) the “brownlash’s” dismissal of concerns over biodiversity; threatened and endangered species; and species going extinct. Being … Continue reading

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Fables about non-living resources?

Continuing my review of Paul and Anne Ehrlich’s Betrayal of Science and Reason (1996): “Non-living resources” means the Earth’s mineral wealth – i.e. the stuff that geologists find and mining engineers dig up. The Ehrlichs frame their discussion regarding “brownlash“ … Continue reading

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Fables about population and food?

As promised last week, this is the first of five posts reviewing the central part of Paul and Anne Ehrlich’s book, Betrayal of Science and Reason. Despite having been published 15 years ago, its message seems very apt for today … Continue reading

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