Archive | June 23, 2009

Defining the Sceptics (Part 3)

THE word ‘sceptic’ has come to be associated with anyone who does not subscribe to the consensus view on anthropogenic global warming (AGW).  The term is generally used in a derogatory way, so some politicians (e.g. Steve Fielding) and scientists (e.g. Stewart Franks) even if they are genuinely sceptical of the consensus view on AGW, […]

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Legislating on the Basis of a Scientific Theory

IS it ever a good idea to base legislation on a scientific theory?  The Australian Parliament’s upper-house Senate has begun debating the Rudd Labor government’s proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill 2009, also known as the emissions trading scheme.  The legislation is based on the theory of anthropogenic global warming. (more…)

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Measuring Changes in Attitude

WE live in a world in which we are constantly bombarded with the results of surveys about attitudes to political, social and economic issues of the day. Even the Australian Statistician undertakes surveys that produce subjective data that has potential implications for government policies.  Read more here.

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