Thursday, 7 November 2013

Lewandowsky and the art of lying.


by Anthony Cox

Lewandowsky is a self-appointed expert of climate change denial and the psychology of denial. He is a psychologist that half-way house between medical reality and pathological fantasy. His history of publications is a template for AGW science in general; which is to say, whatever it takes.

Some of his recent efforts include an attempt to compare denialists with those who thought the Moon landing was faked. Lewandowsky’s ‘survey’ used to reach this conclusion was excoriated by various people including Jo Nova, Lucia, and .Watts. This peer reviewed paper was followed by an equally appalling paper called Recursive Fury, which was withdrawn, had citations changed and was generally regarded as deplorable.

Perhaps the greatest irony with Lewandowski’s early work about deniers believing the Moon landing was faked is that many of the astronauts who had been on the Moon regarded AGW as a scam and false idea. On that basis Lewandowsky’s theory is as loony as the man in the Moon.

But Lewandowsky, like any person on the public teat without fear of consequences, like getting fired, is indefatigable. He has since combined with that other character of AGW, Michael Mann in writing another paper complaining about the terrible characteristics of deniers and critics of his ‘work’. This paper too is irreparably flawed and has been eviscerated.

What shines through in all of Lewandowsky’s ‘work’ is an arrogance and disdain so large that any correlation with his work to the normal standards of science exists only in Lewandowsky’s mind. In fact Lewandowsky has no concern with the truth as his latest article shows.

In this diatribe any pretence of fact and reality is lost in a sneering ugly bray at the concerns of people affected by those blights and symbols of the lies of AGW and Renewable energy, wind-towers.

Lewandowsky clumsily reverses Hugh Morgan’s apt comparison of the hysterics of AGW with “Chicken Littles” and belittles the victims of the wind-towers which infest the country-side like useless Wickermen. Lewandowsky says:

wind turbine syndrome has no presence in the medical literature.

Lewandowsky’s link is to an article by Simon Chapman at The Drum. Chapman is a sociologist which is like saying you have a PhD in having an opinion. Chapman has no medical qualifications or knowledge and his conclusions and Lewandowsky’s use of Chapman’s conclusions are both so vested in believing AGW that they are useless and lies. There is considerable medical evidence to support the health complaints about wind-towers.

Lewandowsky also links to an article at the most ironically named The Conversation and an article by some other academic who is an expert in sustainability science, whatever that is, most likely another word or phrase to allow condescending academics to berate the public into conforming to the constraints necessary to ‘solve’ AGW. This sustainability expert in turn refers to a CSIRO scientist who has proved the Club of Rome predictions about depletion of resources and the Erhlich population induced crisis were correct.

This is the stuff of pessimism and smallness of mind and disregard for humanity. The Club of Rome’s predictions have not come true and Barnett and Morse’s optimistic view has been vindicated in both specific follow-up studies and by parallel studies by such people as Lomborg in his seminal work The Skeptical Environmentalist and economic geologist Professor Cathles from Cornell University.

The Club of Rome rubbish so embraced by people like Lewandowsky is best summed up by this dreary fool writing at The Drum. The writer Horton is described as a writer and polymath! Such pretension!

I grew up in the 1950’s on a diet of S-F written by such people as Heinlein [before he took a left turn to navel gazing], Asimov, Clarke, Blish, Anderson and Vance and later Niven and Robinson with his remarkable terra-forming of Mars series. Despite some dystopias and the still operating reflex of the cold war paranoia, the prevailing mood was a can do one; the Universe was huge and opportunity was boundless for both individuals and species which had the ingenuity and drive to take those opportunities.

60 years later, the supposed length of AGW, and we have pusillanimous tripe like this junk by Horton and pretty much everything by Lewandowsky. It’s as though there is no Universe, life is doomed everywhere unless it subscribes to the principle of sustainability and dares not exceed the prescribed natural limits which are ideologically rather than physically defined. The implication in these stultifying examples of mediocrity is that there can be no more technological advancement and humanity has peaked; it is like those pontificating fools who in the last century or so declared that all science was known, the science is settled and the bureaucrats are now in charge.

The psychology behind this limiting definition of reality, I think, comes from the high opinion that people like Lewandowsky and Horton have about themselves; and given this high opinion their reality is what they can understand and perceive; this is like a perversion of Kant’s transcendental idealist philosophy that time and space are not materially real but merely the ideal a priori condition of our internal intuition; in short Horton and Lewandowsky do not understand or care or accept as real anything outside his perception.


What a dismal prospect the future will be if it is controlled by the likes of Horton and Lewandowsky!

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Anthony is responding to an opinion piece by Lewandowsky -

Look out for that turbine! Climate sceptics are the real Chicken Littles

Environment Minister Greg Hunt Confused over Climate Change?

Image: "Taxing Air
The Australian's Graham Lloyd reporting today:

Confusion over Axed Climate Change Talks

Confusion was ever thus.

As the recent book "Taxing Air" by Carter et al recalled (re 2007):
John Howard saw the votes to be gained in crossing over to the warming camp, and Kevin Rudd promised to save the planet from the greatest moral, economic and spiritual threat of our time. (see Spooner's cartoon from Taxing Air.)
Just this week, John Howard said in his address to the Global Warming Policy Foundation:
John Howard accused some scientists of having a “nakedly political agenda” in their advice on global warming and said that attempts were being made to intimidate politicians by telling them to “follow the science”.
Surely he was pursuing a "nakedly political agenda" in crossing over to the warming camp. His address this week was not made in the pursuit of votes.
An overriding feature of the debate is the constant attempt to intimidate policy makers, in some cases successfully, with the mantras of “follow the science” and “the science is truly settled”.The purpose is to create the impression that there is really no room for argument; this is not really a public policy issue; it is one on which the experts have spoken, and we would all be quite daft to do other than follow the prescriptions, it is asserted, which flow automatically from the scientific findings.  
Writing recently in Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, Dr Richard S. Lindzen, Emeritus Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said of those with political agendas who found it useful to employ science, “This immediately involves a distortion of science at a very basic level: namely science becomes a source of authority rather than a mode of inquiry. The real utility of science stems from the latter; the political utility stems from the former.”  (bold added)
THE Coalition yesterday abruptly cancelled scheduled climate-change briefings with business, lobby groups and diplomats from other nations, raising doubts about the position Australia would take to international talks starting in Poland next week.
Australia's stance at the annual Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change gathering was due to be considered by federal cabinet on Monday but the decision to call off briefings has been interpreted by some groups as a sign of division within the Abbott government.
Division within the Abbott Government? Or confusion from the Environment Minister Greg Hunt?

On Wednesday April 27th, 2011, Galileo Movement's Malcolm Roberts and NCTCS' Gordon Alderson presented Greg Hunt with fundamental scientifically measured real-world empirical evidence and logical reasoning proving that human production of CO2 did not and cannot cause catastrophic global ATMOSPHERIC warming.  (Link)

Malcolm:
Meeting you and watching you open up during our discussion I sensed you care about 
people. It seems you genuinely care about the environment. Thus I wonder why you 
persist, without evidence of causation, in your belief that global warming was caused by 
human CO2 production. By adhering to this belief contradicting science and by 
condoning clear corruption of science, I ask: what needs are you meeting? 
 
You are aware of climate corruption, fraud, lies and misrepresentations 
 
Further, during our meeting I presented you with extensive, detailed, documented 
evidence of the corruption, fraud*, lies** and misrepresentations that are the basis of the 
government-Greens alliance pushing dishonest, false and unscientific claims about 
human CO2 production. You sincerely described the presentation by me and by Gordon 
Alderson as “the best” and “one of the best presentations” you’d ever received. (bold added)
At the end of Graham Lloyd's piece:
The World Meterological (sic) Organisation last night released its annual report on atmospheric carbon dioxide levels which it said showed a continuing upward trend. The 2012 average concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide was 393.1 parts per million. The figure briefly passed through 400 ppm at one northern hemisphere observatory early this year. 
Pep Canadell, of the global carbon project at CSIRO, said the figures proved current efforts were not enough to stabilise the climate system.
Here is a challenge to Pep Canadell. Please explain the instability of the climate system. This century atmospheric carbon dioxide levels continue their upward trend. Meanwhile there is a complete lack of any causality link between man-made CO2 emissions and catastrophic global warming. In fact there has been no significant warming this century. See graph: (Wood for trees via WUWT)






THE Coalition yesterday abruptly cancelled scheduled climate-change briefings with business, lobby groups and diplomats from other nations, raising doubts about the position Australia would take to international talks starting in Poland next week.
Australia's stance at the annual Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change gathering was due to be considered by federal cabinet on Monday but the decision to call off briefings has been interpreted by some groups as a sign of division within the Abbott government.
Environment Minister Greg Hunt was expected to attend the Warsaw meeting, which will try to progress an ambitious goal of securing a global agreement on cutting carbon dioxide emissions to be signed in 2015.
- See more at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/policy/confusion-over-axed-climate-change-talks/story-e6frg6xf-1226754573181#sthash.PXzZnXSC.dpuf
THE Coalition yesterday abruptly cancelled scheduled climate-change briefings with business, lobby groups and diplomats from other nations, raising doubts about the position Australia would take to international talks starting in Poland next week.
Australia's stance at the annual Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change gathering was due to be considered by federal cabinet on Monday but the decision to call off briefings has been interpreted by some groups as a sign of division within the Abbott government.
Environment Minister Greg Hunt was expected to attend the Warsaw meeting, which will try to progress an ambitious goal of securing a global agreement on cutting carbon dioxide emissions to be signed in 2015.
- See more at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/policy/confusion-over-axed-climate-change-talks/story-e6frg6xf-1226754573181#sthash.PXzZnXSC.dpufTHE Coalition yesterday abruptly cancelled scheduled climate-change briefings with business, lobby groups and diplomats from other nations, raising doubts about the position Australia would take to international talks starting in Poland next week.
Australia's stance at the annual Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change gathering was due to be considered by federal cabinet on Monday but the decision to call off briefings has been interpreted by some groups as a sign of division within the Abbott government.
Environment Minister Greg Hunt was expected to attend the Warsaw meeting, which will try to progress an ambitious goal of securing a global agreement on cutting carbon dioxide emissions to be signed in 2015.
- See more at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/policy/confusion-over-axed-climate-change-talks/story-e6frg6xf-1226754573181#sthash.PXzZnXSC.dpuf
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