Summary: Can America no longer grow? Have we exhausted the potential for future technological progress? Let's look at how far we have come and ask if the engines of progress that produced these wonders can no longer work for us. “Innovation of new forms of society and technology. It is the key to our progress. … Continue reading Ignore the skeptics. America can still grow.
Summary: After a decade of slow growth beneath public view, the replication crisis in science begins breaking into public view. First psychology and biomedical studies, now spreading to many other fields -- overturning what we were told is settled science, the foundations of our personal behavior and public policy. Here is an introduction to the … Continue reading The replication crisis in science has just begun. It will be big.
Summary: A new presentation by Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman discusses economics. His insights apply broadly to sciences playing a key role in public policy, especially climate science. Let's hope others learn from it. Slide #1 from "What have we learned since 2008", a presentation by Paul Krugman at CUNY, 19 February 2016. He is discussing … Continue reading Paul Krugman talks about economics. Climate scientists can learn from his insights.
Summary: Many factors have frozen the public policy debate, but none more important than the disinterest of both sides in tests that might provide better evidence -- and perhaps restart the discussion. Even worse, too little thought has been given to the criteria for validating climate science theories (aka their paradigm) and the models build … Continue reading Karl Popper explains how to open the deadlocked climate policy debate
Summary: This vignette illustrates important aspects of the climate change debate, and why it has failed to gain sufficient support from Americans to pass large-scale public policy measures. For two decades journalists and scientists have cooperated to produce political propaganda, exaggerating and misrepresenting the work of the IPCC. Their failure should inspire us, showing a … Continue reading Politifact tells us about American politics and science. We should listen.