skepticism

Burning of Anne Hendricks as a Witch in 1571. Engraving by Jan Luyken (1685).

Imagine the horrific fate of the losers after the climate policy debate ends

Summary: The appropriate public policy response to climate change is one of the great issues of our time, driving one of the longest yet inconsequential debates in modern US history. Yet everything comes to an end, eventually. This post speculates what that end might mean for the activists and scientists on each side if they …

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Good news about ocean acidification! Important news about science.

Summary: Good news is rare in the news (“if it bleeds, it leads”), but here’s a twofer. First, ocean acidification is probably not certain doom, as we’ve been told. Second, new evidence that climate-related sciences are returning to their norms of careful skepticism. Our usual stream of bad news will resume tomorrow.   The February/March …

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Good news about the fear epidemic: we’re learning!

Summary: Today’s post gives good news (too rarely found here). ! I have long warned about the fear epidemic where our elites use fear as the most effective way to mold public opinion. That explains the near-constant fear barrages. But our ruling elites (and me) might be wrong about us — and the effectiveness of …

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Skepticism

Learning skepticism, an essential skill for citizenship in 21st century America

Summary:  In the New America we’re controlled by skillful propaganda. To regain our freedom we must develop greater skepticism. Here’s a good place to start, with an except from Marcello Truzzi’s famous article about the important role of skepticism in science.  His insights can help us better understand many of important public policy debates. For …

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