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.
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 [...]
I’VE never meet Jo Nova in person. But she can write a good headline, and she cares about the truth. Her blog has never received any government funding, but it includes a lot of interesting facts and evidence on science-related topics. Meanwhile ‘The Conversation’ is a government-funded blog for university researchers that got $6 million [...]
IF global warming is the greatest moral issue of our time, then the truth really does matter. But this morning, I felt that I had been shut outside, or at least cut-off, without having a chance to tell the whole story. Bronwen O’Shea the host of an ABC radio program for the Goulburn Murray, a [...]
There is nothing sustainable about the current management of the Lower Murray and its crippled estuary. Lakes Albert and Alexandrina are vast shallow near-coastal lagoons that started to dry-up during the recent Millennium drought (2003-2009). Despite legislation to mandate the buyback of over 3,000 GL of water, when the next drought is properly upon us [...]
A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend the Ninth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC9) in Las Vegas. If you ever doubted scepticism towards man-made global warming as a growing social movement, well, you couldn’t after attending that conference with hundreds of enthusiastic doubters in attendance and some 6,000 watching online. [...]
“I KNOW good science fiction when I see it. And that is what I have seen in the climate change debate – a lot of fiction dressed up as science. Most great works of fiction end up on the silver screen so it was inevitable that climate change would become a “major motion picture”. But [...]
“While some have likened global warming skeptics’ scientific research to Big Tobacco-funded research that supposedly showed smoking was not dangerous, I would say that the media’s refusal to report on skeptics’s peer-reviewed research is like the tobacco company executive’s suppression of evidence. Some may claim that the media’s silence is a way of trying to [...]