“The mass crushes out the insight and reflection that are still possible with the individual, and this necessarily leads to doctrinaire and authoritarian tyranny if ever the constitutional State should succumb to a fit of weakness. “Rational argument can be conducted with some prospect of success only so long as the emotionality of a given [...]
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THE Bureau of Meteorology has spent several weeks looking for documentation to support its recent claim that, contrary to what is written in its published station catalogue, the weather station at Rutherglen was once moved. The Bureau hasn’t been able to find any actual documentation to verify this move. But this hasn’t stopped it nevertheless [...]
WINSTON Churchill famously said that, democracy is the worst form of government except for all the others. Indeed when everyone has the opportunity to have a say it can be difficult to keep everyone marching together in the same direction, at the same speed, repeating the same mantra. Of course, getting to the truth often [...]
“Whenever a theory appears to you as the only possible one, take this as a sign that you have neither understood the theory nor the problem which it was intended to solve.” Karl Popper, 1902-1994.
THE Australian Bureau of Meteorology now acknowledge that they change the temperatures at most, if not all, the weather stations that make-up the official station network from which national temperature trends are calculated. Indeed, earlier in the week, 28 pages of ‘adjustments’ were released online following a series of articles in The Australian and The [...]
OLD newspapers hold a lot of information, some of it very valuable. I’m not only referring to last week’s The Land, but clippings that date back to editions published one hundred or more years ago. For example, in the Sydney Morning Herald on Tuesday 5th January 1909 it was reported that Bourke was experiencing a [...]
Some things worth remembering … We are persuaded not by truth, but by fidelity to evidence and context. It is important to understand the difference between propaganda and information. Objectivity is a research method, not a philosophy.
WE all have heroes. British biologist Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895) is one of mine. The contemporary of Charles Darwin wrote: “Sit down before facts as a little child, be prepared to give up every conceived notion, follow humbly wherever and whatever abysses nature leads, or you will learn nothing.” I have done this for many [...]
A CENTRAL thesis of global warming is that temperatures will keep going up, and up. They did from about 1960 to 2002 at many places around Australia, but not at all of them. At Ruthergen, a wine-growing region of north-eastern Victoria, temperatures have been fairly steady since a Stevenson screen was erected and temperatures first [...]
IF there is someone you know who may be interested in doing a masters or PhD in weather and/or climate forecasting, applications are still open. They need to be interested in numbers and ideas, be a science and/or engineering graduate, resident and/or citizen of Australia and/or New Zealand and want to live and study on [...]