Bad data fuels ill-informed decisions, wastes money, and scares kids.
Green activists are in the business of taking away choices.
Peer-reviewed science can be found to support nearly every position.
Reporting on peer review, The Economist misses the elephant in the room – and advocates unjust hiring practices.
Humans make things safe, clean, and healthy.
The most reputable publishers imaginable are misinforming the public about basic geology.
The natural world is more sophisticated than we imagine.
In the climate world, the line between real and fake is strangely murky.
The media’s climate frenzy was sparked by a scientist who’s research was still unpublished.
Doing the math on doing the laundry.
A friend has long complained that her energy efficient, front-load washing machine takes forever.
Species come and species go. Humanity’s role is smaller than most of us imagine.
Polluted waterways are one more reason not to litter. Rather than making this point, greens are demonizing plastic.
People with 8 kids should be told they “surely would not behave that way today.” Those considering a third should be accused of self-indulgence.
If it had been within his power to take the steps he insisted were necessary, the human rights abuses would have been horrendous.
Saving the world = demonizing alternative visions
Paul Ehrlich advocated the use of US helicopters so that Indian peasants could be kidnapped & forcibly sterilized.
Threats of famine, dead children, bombs, nuclear war, and oblivion.
Another idea, supposedly confirmed by science, turns out to have little scientific foundation.
Why Scott Adams thinks we have a moral obligation to praise others.
The Dilbert cartoonist remembers what it was like to be a young person from a small town, with few role models and fewer connections.
Peer-reviewed studies, published six months apart, produce wildly different estimates.
We regularly urge young people to think outside the box. Hughes is doing just that.
‘Healthy’ is now being defined in radically different ways, by different interest groups.
In the low-carb universe, vegetables are served with lots of butter, mayonnaise, and hollandaise.
In person, David Suzuki is reportedly foul-mouthed and rude.
On June 7th, the University of Alberta will lionize someone who rejects freedom of thought.
Emotionally attached to ideas, some of us have little interest in how they perform in the real world.
Full-fledged racism is being practiced by the very institutions that claim to abhor it.
The celebrated ability of science to self-correct is accompanied by some major caveats.
There are structural reasons for the low quality of much scientific research.
We need to lose our naivete. Many scientific findings are neither crisp nor clear.
For well-funded green groups (and a growing list of governments), lawyers are weapons and courtrooms are a political battleground.
Fruit may be natural, but its sugar content has increased due to selective breeding.
Since relaunching this blog on January first, I’ve published 38 new posts – including one in Swedish. Please help me continue.
If fat were the villain we’ve been told it is, I should have gained 40 pounds.
Some discoveries are easy to measure and easy to verify. But much of science is about groping in the dark.
People who exercise regularly still gain weight.
Greenpeace tells a court that everyone knows its campaigns are based on opinions & interpretations rather than hard facts.
Greenpeace thinks people who spread ‘misinformation’ have no right to be heard. Yet, suddenly, it’s waving the free speech flag.
Green groups are perpetual outrage machines.
No thinking person should hold strong climate opinions unless they’ve carefully considered a range of viewpoints.
Changing definitions of ‘normal’ blood pressure means more people are coping with drug side effects.
Doctors and nurses rarely follow the rules when collecting important info about our health.
Standard medical practice is often pointless, risky – and a waste of money.
I Sverige dog pressfrihet för 25 år sedan.
[Swedish translation of previous post]
Freedom of the press died in Sweden 25 years ago.
Journalists think their job is to shame ordinary people into silence lest they say something politically incorrect about the scale and pace of European immigration.
If 10 times more immigrants turn up than were predicted by government experts, where’s affordable housing supposed to come from?
Elites make immigration decisions, while the working class lives with the consequences.
While the rest of us are playing hopscotch, he’s battling humanity’s demons.
Mothers have immense power to harm their children.
Taking a fresh look at some fundamental moral ideas.
Learning to be shrill. Apparently, this is now the goal of higher education.
Young people are being systematically taught to disdain free speech. And your tax dollars are paying for it.
University activists now behave like fascists: stifling unpopular perspectives and denying others the opportunity to hear those perspectives firsthand.
To be useful, energy must be reliable.
It is immoral to deny needy people access to fossil fuels because experts have made dire predictions about the future.
Our analysis of fossil fuels needs to be wholistic – not one-sided.
Being an expert in a particular field doesn’t make you smart about the big picture.
Young people are told incessantly that everything they might want to do with their lives harms the planet.
IPCC scientists routinely evaluate their own work. What could possibly go wrong?
History’s most momentous climate decision was based on research so preliminary it wasn’t published in a scientific journal until seven months later.
The American Heart Association didn’t bother to replicate pivotal research before it told the public to change its behaviour. The result was an uncontrolled public health experiment.
When scientists began believing that high fat diets & heart disease went together, this wasn’t true in 8 European countries.
After the high-carbohydrate Food Pyramid was introduced, diabetes shot through the roof.
When governments manipulate the news, most journalists fall into line.
Scientists aren’t in charge of interpreting climate research. They’re cogs in a political machine.
The claim that human activity is triggering a climate apocalypse is based on expert opinion and best estimates.
Insisting that ‘climate change is real’ is like insisting that blood is red.
The bees and the butterflies have their own story, their own rhythms.
The natural world isn’t kind or pristine. We need to stop telling children that disturbing it is sinful.
This blog is adopting a new format. Posts will appear every Monday, Wednesday & Friday.
Many messages emanating from the world of science are entirely bogus.
Libraries define intellectual freedom as the public’s right to examine all points-of-view. These climate scientists are trying to stifle alternative perspectives. Part 2 of 3.
Electronic messages cited in a Delhi police report tell the story of a spirited young woman who effectively lost her job because she wouldn’t let her boss grope her.
The resignation letter of the IPCC chairman is a two-page love letter to himself – in which he openly admits that saving the planet is his ‘religion’. The world’s most important climate body has not been led by a dispassionate scientist.
French philosopher Pascal Bruckner says fundamentalist eco activists are steering society in a scary direction.
Unlike most journalists, Matt Ridley has done PhD-level work in the sciences. He has served as science editor for the Economist. One would think his views on the climate debate deserve a fair hearing. Instead, he is pilloried by climate extremists.
Scientists worthy of respect recognize that it’s possible for two highly-qualified, honourable people to look at the same data and come to different conclusions.
The climate crisis is the latest in a long line of predictions about how bad things are going to be in the future. Let’s remember that while scary headlines sell newspapers, journalists have a terrible track record.