All Scientists are Sceptics ~Professor Bob Carter

Whenever someone asserts that a scientific question is “settled,” they tell me immediately that they don’t understand the first thing about science. Science is never settled. Dr David Deming

Perhaps the most frustrating aspect of the science of climate change is the lack of any real substance in attempts to justify the hypothesis ~Professor Stewart Franks

A lie told often enough becomes the truth.
-- Vladimir Ilyich Lenin - See more at: http://thepeoplescube.com/lenin/lenin-s-own-20-monster-quotes-t185.html#sthash.aTrSI3tG.dpuf
A lie told often enough becomes the truth.
-- Vladimir Ilyich Lenin - See more at: http://thepeoplescube.com/lenin/lenin-s-own-20-monster-quotes-t185.html#sthash.aTrSI3tG.dpuf
A lie told often enough becomes the truth.
-- Vladimir Ilyich Lenin - See more at: http://thepeoplescube.com/lenin/lenin-s-own-20-monster-quotes-t185.html#sthash.aTrSI3tG.dpuf

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Wind Turbine Syndrome

This blogger is AWED! Am I in awe of something? No, I am a subscriber to AWED (link) which is the Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions. In a recent email AWED's John Droz has pointed us to a review of a book "Wind Turbine Syndrome"by Nina Pierpont. The review is by Curt Devlin titled The Science of Wind Turbine Syndrome (WTS) and can be found HERE.

There are many gems in the article including, right at the top:
The real gold standard of science is not “peer review”; it’s something called “reproducibility.” 
When told that the “gold standard” of science is peer review, most people tend to accept this as gospel. If science has become so sophisticated that only experts in the field can understand it, then surely it makes sense to have any scientific conclusions evaluated by other experts in that field. Right?
Unfortunately, the idea that peer review is the gold standard of science is absolutely false.
To the extent that peer review is based on authority or expert opinion, it is completely contrary to the true spirit of science. Peer review is not a bad practice, but its true purpose is to improve the work and decide if it is worthy of being published. You could say that peer review is the gold standard of publication—nothing more and nothing less.
How often do the pushers of the man-made global warming hoax rely on peer-reviewed papers, and yet flawed papers can be published. Think of MBH98. Think of Cook et al 2013.

Curt describes the scientific method, (see diagram above) and continues:
The real gold standard of science is something called reproducibility. Simply put, this means that if you do the same experiment under the same conditions and same measurement precision, you get the same results. 
You could say the mantra of science is “see for yourself.”
Curt thenapplies this principle to Dr Pierpont's  WTS and finds that it passes the test.
Pierpont’s critics within the wind industry could easily fund an independent study to determine whether her experiments can be reproduced, but they never have and never will. Perhaps they already know too well that these attempts will only result in confirming her findings. Pierpont’s findings are simple enough. When people live near wind turbines, they experience nausea, dizziness, sleeplessness and stress-induced illnesses. When they get away from them, they begin to feel much better and may recover completely.
Curt discusses peer-review and Einstein's Theory.
Amazingly, Einstein’s work was not peer-reviewed at all. It was read by Max Planck, the pre-eminent physicist of the day, who gave it a wink and a nod. Then it was published. Since then, Einstein’s theories have been experimented with, scrutinized, and tested as much as any in history. Science must accept or reject it based on evidence alone, not a “peer reviewer’s” authority or opinion. 
Einstein’s ideas—most, at least—have been confirmed over and over again.
Based on the “gold standard” of peer review, however, we are presumably expected to discard the theory of relativity until it has been properly peer reviewed. 

Read more of this excellent article HERE.

1 comment:

  1. I am the designer of the graphic above and I find this article misleading.

    "How often do the pushers of the man-made global warming hoax rely on peer-reviewed papers, and yet flawed papers can be published."

    That's no argument for anything. All modern day science relies on peer-reviewed papers. The people at CERN relied on peer reviewed papers and yet they found the Higg's Boson. Your particular suspicion of climate science is not justified.

    The people you really should be suspicious of are the politicians who are screwing you over.

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