Monday, January 09, 2017

Feynman was never part of the 97%

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  1. It's too bad Richard Feynman did not live to see the mess that climate science became (or always was).

    With his credibility and calm demeanor he could have ripped it to shreds, methodically, using facts and logic. Actual science, not the fake bullshit science we see today.

    BTW, his biography is great. What a character that guy was ... funny and likable AND a truly great scientist.

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    1. Spot on.

      For those who haven't read it its highly recommended (after you get through Don's books, of course). He has a whole chapter in "Surely You're Joking" called "Cargo Cult Science" that calls out this whole area of sloppy thinking.

      As for his second book, "What do you care what other people think?" ... there are a whole slew of Republicans who could use a dose of that along the lines of "what do you care what the media progressives think."

      Both are refreshing reads.

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    2. Agreed. I have read them both years ago.
      I knew an old Los Alamos Nuke Physicist
      who was working at the Hanford are aback in the 70's he knew Feynman, Oppenhimer, and others that are part of history.
      TG

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  2. I think Feynman in his heart of hearts knew that the ultimate questions were unanswerable by science. Our universe seems to have been designed in such a way as to make every man's answer to these questions boil down to a matter of faith, and any hope that they can be answered otherwise is a statement of faith as well.

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  3. One of my physics profs said the problem is that the universe isn't described by first- and
    second-order equations.

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    1. The purpose of the university professor is to take the student to the edge of the Abyss of the Unknown ... AND THROW HIM OVER!

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  4. And as you well know Don, the 97% figure is bogus. You've blogged it a couple of times.

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  5. One of my favorite climate change deniers is Christopher Monckton, 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley. He is factual, succinct, and doesn't take any BS from anybody. Oh, and he has a British accent, so you have to respect his Au-thor-i-tie. - Elric

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  6. Yep, answers that can't be questioned attack the very foundation of true science.

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  7. Climate "science" as it currently stands has become like the Anacreonian cargo-cult mumbo-jumbo of Asimov's first Foundation novel.

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