Australia’s “Record Temperatures”: Why You Should be Sceptical

One of the most important principles in science is that, when making claims, apples are compared with apples, rather than oranges. What this means is that data collection should use consistent methods and instruments across different sites at different times. In some cases, this isn’t possible: usually when dealing with historical data. But, when inconsistent …

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The Astonishing Denialism of Climate Believers

I recently had yet another…interesting, shall we say, lesson in the value of talking to people with whom you disagree. Now, Tasmania is a funny place, where hippy-greenie enclaves live cheek-by-jowl with deeply conservative farming and logging communities. I have friends on both sides of this cultural divide. It just so happened that last week …

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Black Thursday: Lessons from the Bonfire of History

Are the legacy media in Australia, particularly the taxpayer-funded national broadcasters, damned liars or merely astonishingly ignorant? It’s perhaps more generous, though not by much, to assume that they are simply as obtuse and woefully uneducated as they must be, to repeat the same, stupid lies, every summer when large bushfires erupt. The Big Lie …

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Some Inconvenient Truths for the Climate Kids

In a way, you almost have to admire Al Gore’s chutzpah in titling his mockumentary which did so much to snowball the global warming panic, An inconvenient truth. Because there’s bugger-all truth in it. In fact, a British judge ruled that the film couldn’t be shown to schoolchildren without a disclaimer acknowledging its factual errors. …

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Ignorant Children Spouting Junk Should be Neither Seen nor Heard

Ours is a society obsessed by juvenilia. Where once children were best seen and not heard, since at least the 1960s, the adolescent has come to be regarded as somehow the acme of human development. This is frankly rubbish, both physically and cognitively. Physically, human beings reach their peak in their late 20s to 30s. …

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