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Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Science degree from Duke? Ha ha ha ha




"It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong." --- Richard P. Feynman.
A science degree from Duke University is expensive -- and worthless.

Why?

Because Orrin H. Pilkey is Professor Emeritus of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Nicholas School of the Environment, at Duke University, and at age 81, he is a climactic joke. As our friends at Real Science pointed out, in 1986, this buffoon said the Atlantic Ocean would rise a foot in 30 years and devastate the East Coast.

He was wrong.

And did he apologize?

Hell no.

In 2011, 25 years after his Chicken-of-the-Sea Little prediction that the sea is rising, he published a book, "Global Climate Change: A Primer," which he boasted in his Amazon plug:
An internationally recognized expert on the geology of barrier islands, Orrin H. Pilkey is one of the rare academics who engages in public advocacy about science-related issues. He has written dozens of books and articles explaining coastal processes to lay readers, and he is a frequent and outspoken interviewee in the mainstream media. Here, the colorful scientist takes on climate change deniers in an outstanding and much-needed primer on the science of global change and its effects.
After explaining the greenhouse effect, Pilkey, writing with son Keith, turns to the damage it is causing: sea level rise, ocean acidification, glacier and sea ice melting, changing habitats, desertification, and the threats to animals, humans, coral reefs, marshes, and mangroves. These explanations are accompanied by Mary Edna Fraser’s stunning batiks depicting the large-scale arenas in which climate change plays out.
But the sea has not risen a foot. New York City is not underwater.

And if you received a science degree from Duke in the last 30 years, demand your money back.

You were gypped. They think this clown is a scientist. Or in his words, "a colorful scientist."

12 comments:

  1. No, Don, not science in toto, just Earth and Ocean Sciences.

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  2. Most medical journal articles contribute little or nothing to the fund of knowledge. Many are pure tripe written only to pad a CV or to fulfill a research requirement for residency or PhD.

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  3. I don't know where I got (Feynman, maybe) but I have long believed that no matter how many experiments you run that agree with reality, have NOT proven a law (aka "theory") beyond a shadow of a doubt, but if you run ONE that does not agree with reality, you have proven the theory (aka "law") to be wrong beyond a shadow of a doubt.

    (I think I have thought that since high school. More recently I have added "If you have to adjust the numbers to 'make it come out right' the theory is likely to be wrong, and if the adjustments are larger than the signal, it is almost certainly wrong.)

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  4. There was a piece in the Washington Post Express today stating that a major glacier in Antarctica was absolutely, positively going to melt and it would raise sea level by some disastrous amount.

    After a full page of the doom and gloom, they admit this may take a thousand years to happen.

    Another article at the Washington Compost admits this is all based on "sophisticated models."

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    1. They have to be sophisticated to be that far off.

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  5. Batiks? This loopy broad does scare illustrations on Batik?

    Well, it's an original idea, anyway. Stupid, but original.

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