Category Archives: Confirmation Bias

James Delingpole is full of sheet

Hi folks. Sorry for the distinct Altman of blog posts over the last 12 months (it’s a long story I will not bore you with). James Delingpole is the reason that I started blogging four years ago. (If this is … Continue reading

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Why do our politicians not act on IPCC advice?

I am hereby delighted to invite all my readers to indicate (by voting on a question [on the Survey Monkey website] that I have created) why they think our politicians continue to fail to respond effectively to the increasingly stark … Continue reading

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How NOT to be sceptical

In the process of compiling my previous post, I was reminded of this one; and decided it warranted being re-posted in its own right… Originally posted on 7 September 2011, as How to be a climate change “sceptic”, this is … Continue reading

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TIME is not on the side of David Rose

Thanks to Greenpeace for this amazing story: Either David Rose has himself used the real (2007) cover to create the fake (1977) cover – or – he has been a little too ready to believe what he so wants to … Continue reading

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The ‘threadbare hypothesis’ of climate change

This is the Gospel according to Roger Helmer MEP (and Cambridge graduate in Mathematics) – whose non-expertise in the subject leads him to conclude that the climate is not changing; and to equate people concerned about climate change with those … Continue reading

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Past performance is not a predictor of future results

As it says on my About page, “The driver of an accelerating car about to hit a brick wall might well say ‘so far so good’ – but that does not mean that the wall is not there!” — John … Continue reading

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My book compared to Merchants of Doubt

In the Preface to my book, The Denial of Science: Analysing climate change scepticism in the UK, I make clear that it was reading Merchants of Doubt, by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, that prompted me to do the research … Continue reading

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ACD and AGW – spot the difference

What we know is this: As a whole (including the oceans), on average, over the long term, the Earth is getting warmer; and that it is doing so at a rate equivalent to – or in excess of – that … Continue reading

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You know we’re in trouble when…

…The Sunday Telegraph starts advocating polices that will accelerate anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD). Two days ago, one of Britain’s oldest and most-respected broadsheet newspapers decided to shred the last few bits of credibility it might have had by publishing an … Continue reading

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Try not to be dogmatic about this

‘The Science Delusion’ by Rupert Sheldrake I was rummaging around on the blog of someone who recently re-blogged something of mine, when I found the post below and decided I just had to do the same (i.e. re-blog it). The … Continue reading

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