The history of female hysteria and virbrators reveals much about the nature of science today, and the great challenge facing it.
Experts wield increasing power in western societies. Roger Pielke Jr. shows how this is boosting our dysfunctional political polarization.
Summary: Arthur C. Clarke warns about the "Hazards of Prophecy". In part 2 he warns about confident forecasts declaring an innovation to be impossible, and gives some stunning examples of scientists' failure to imagine the near future. It's an important lesson to remember as a new industrial revolution begins. "Hazards of Prophecy: The Failure of Imagination" … Continue reading Arthur C. Clarke: use your imagination to see the future
Summary: Arthur C. Clarke warns about the "Hazards of Prophecy." Don't take those predictions about 2018 & beyond too seriously. Especially the gloomy ones about technological stagnation, with so many signs that a new industrial revolution has begun. We're sailing into an unknown future. "Hazards of Prophecy: The Failure of Nerve" By Arthur C. … Continue reading Arthur C. Clarke warns us about bold confident predictions
Summary: A new paper provides valuable information about climate science -- evidence of the politicization that helped collapse the public policy debate. The authors conclude that narratives are "used to positive effect" in peer-reviewed papers. It puts science on the slippery slope to becoming propaganda (or, in today's jargon, "fake news"). Scientists achieve career success but destroy the … Continue reading Disturbing research about the use of “narratives” in climate science papers