Search Results for: scepticism

The problem with scepticism

Some readers may be aware I am being purposely provocative with this logo as it identifies the problem of extending the sceptical approach into the political sphere – emotions of identity and values. Image credit: RT America YouTube. Being a sceptic … Continue reading

“Fair-weather” scepticism

My old man used to label us kids as “fair-weather sailors” when we bitched about working outside during bad weather. That phrase comes to my mind sometimes when I come across people who claim to be “sceptics ” (“Skeptics”) behaving very … Continue reading

Scepticism, denial and the high court

Currently the NZ High Court is hearing a case brought against NIWA by a local climate change denial group.* You can catch up with the background and progress at When asses go to court, When asses go to law, Exclusive: … Continue reading

Richard Dawkins and the Skeptics Conference controversy.

I had been meaning to comment on the controversy surrounding the invitation to Richard Dawkins to speak at the US Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism (NECSS) – followed by his disinvitation. But events have moved on – he has now been … Continue reading

Fluoridation: “Sciencey” sounding claims ruled unacceptable

Again and again I find myself getting really annoyed at the way science is used opportunistically in advertising. We are continually bombarded with claims that the effectiveness of a product is “scientifically proven.” Or that “scientists tell us” something which … Continue reading

The Mind of the Science Denier

Over recent months I have been following, and learning more about, the issues of fluoridation and the Ukrainian civil war. One is a scientific issue (at least in most of the debate), the other political. Yet in the social media … Continue reading

The truth about the hockey stick

I am spending some time dealing with family business so am reposting some of my past book reviews over the next few day. I reviewed this book recently, but its worth repeating because it’s so relevant to today’s issues. Book … Continue reading

Sceptical arrogance and evolutionary psychology

“We should be skeptical of all points of view, including those of the skeptics.”* I came across the quote above in Michael Shermer’s article remembering Paul Kurtz, one of the founders of the modern US skeptical movement (see “Paul Kurtz … Continue reading

“Good faith” science – and its enemies

Book review: The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines by Michael E. Mann Price: US$18.22; Kindle US$9.99; NZ$33.34 Hardcover: 384 pages Publisher: Columbia University Press (March 6, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 023115254X ISBN-13: 978-0231152549 Most … Continue reading

Is Monckton good value?

On a recent podcast I heard John Abraham, well known for his debunking of claims made by Christopher Monckton, say that Monckton was actually a good asset to climate science. That the man had so discredited himself and his climate … Continue reading