Sunday, 28 June 2015

SS's Myth Creator John Cook

Skeptical Science (SS) is a disinformation site which more correctly should be labelled UNSkeptical UNScience.

It is run by a cartoonist John Cook who likes to dress in SS costume. The image above was on the SS site but has since been removed. One of his cartoons here (link)

And Popular Science's "
The Truth about Skeptical Science" tells us:
A link from the Skeptical Science "About" page originally went to his cartoonist page,
"John Cook: A cartoonist working from home in Brisbane, Australia

               John Cook
A cartoonist working from home in Brisbane, Australia, John is currently juggling the tasks of taking care of his daughter Gaby, drawing new Sev Space cartoons, casino online,continually developing and programming the Sev Wide Web, developing a new cartoon series Terrible Twos, posting regular updates in his cricket blog as well as obsession about past and future Ashes series, dabbling in screenwriting, programming for PaperWeb Design and consequently getting nothing done! 

Previous about on SS: (link)

This site was created by John Cook. I'm not a climatologist or a scientist but a self employed cartoonist and web programmer by trade. I did a Physics degree at the University of Queensland and while I achieved First Class Honours and could've continued onto a PhD, I instead quit academia and became a professional scrawler. Too much doodling in lectures, I think. Nevertheless, I've pursued a keen interest in science and if anything, found my curiosity about how the world works increased once I wasn't forced to study for impending exams.
An example of Cook's Work was:

Quantifying the consensus on anthropogenic global warming in the scientific literature (link)

 From the abstract:
We analyze the evolution of the scientific consensus on anthropogenic global warming (AGW) in the peer-reviewed scientific literature, .......... Among abstracts expressing a position on AGW, 97.1% endorsed the consensus position that humans are causing global warming.
However a paper by Legates et al found: (link)
inspection of a claim by Cook et al. (Environ Res Lett 8:024024, 2013) of 97.1 % consensus, heavily relied upon by Bedford and Cook, shows just 0.3 % endorsement of the standard definition of consensus: that most warming since 1950 is anthropogenic.
Whooops! Slight error, Reichsführer- 97.1% found to be 0.3%.

And yet Reichsführer Cook is the man that the University of Queensland put in charge of a course that "uncovers why the topic of climate change is so controversial, exploding a number of climate myths along the way."

ON UNSkeptical UNScience, Cook et al have a page titled
Global Warming and Climate Change Myths
This is a scrappy crappy page and all the "Myths" are easily debunked.

"Climate's changed before" Climate reacts to whatever forces it to change at the time; humans are now the dominant forcing.

This SS "myth's" answer has been debunked
Here - 

UNSkeptical UNScience's Manufactured Myths.

SS's No. 4 "Myth" is
"There is no consensus"

As has been shown above, Cook et al's 97% consensus paper has been shown to be very flawed.

Friends of Science site has debunked a whole range of other "Myths" on their page headed:

  • MYTH 1:  Global temperatures are rising at a rapid, unprecedented rate.
  • MYTH 2:  The "hockey stick" graph proves that the earth has experienced a steady, very gradual temperature decrease for 1000 years, then recently began a sudden increase.
  • MYTH 3:  Human produced carbon dioxide has increased over the last 100 years, adding to the Greenhouse effect, thus causing most of the earth's warming of the last 100 years.
  • MYTH 4:  CO2 is the most common greenhouse gas.
  • MYTH 5:  Computer models verify that CO2 increases will cause significant global warming.
  • MYTH 6:  The United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has proven that man–made CO2 causes global warming. 
  • MYTH 7:  CO2 is a pollutant.
  • MYTH 8: Global warming will cause more storms and other weather extremes.
  • MYTH 9:  Receding glaciers and the calving of ice shelves are proof of global warming.
  • MYTH 10:  The earth’s poles are warming; polar ice caps are breaking up and melting and the sea level rising.
All debunked.

More on the SS "Myths" to follow on this blog.


  1. "John Cook — John is a Research Assistant Professor at the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University. He holds a PhD in cognitive psychology at the University of Western Australia and a Bachelor of Science at the University of Queensland, achieving First Class Honours with a major in physics. He co-authored the 2011 book Climate Change Denial: Heads in the Sand with Haydn Washington, the 2013 college textbook Climate Change Science: A Modern Synthesis with Tom Farmer, and the 2016 college textbook Climate Change: Examining the Facts with Daniel Bedford. He also lead-authored the paper Quantifying the Consensus on anthropogenic global warming in the scientific literature, which was tweeted by President Obama and was awarded the best paper published in Environmental Research Letters in 2013. "

    1. Yes, it5 looks impressive until you look at Cartoonist Cook's record.

      He runs a course that is offensively titled Denier 101X.

      See here:

      Cook published a paper on consensus which he claimed a figure "97.1%"

      A peer reviewed paper showed Cook's 97.1% to be actually 0.3% consensus. FAIL!


      And, as can be see by three pages on this website, hundreds of claims (myths) by Cook have been debunked.

      Not a good record for the cartoonist Cook.

  2. I'm no fan of John Cook, but your information is wrong. Dr John Cook is an Adjunct Lecturer at The University of Queensland and a research assistant professor at the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University. In 2007, he founded Skeptical Science, a website which won the 2011 Australian Museum Eureka Prize for the Advancement of Climate Change Knowledge and 2016 Friend of the Planet Award from the National Center for Science Education. He has co-authored the college textbooks Climate Change: Examining the Facts and Climate Change Science: A Modern Synthesis, and Climate Change Denial: Heads in the Sand. In 2013, John published a paper finding 97% scientific consensus on human-caused global warming, an outcome that has been highlighted by former President Barack Obama and former UK Prime Minister David Cameron. He currently co-hosts with Peter Jacobs the Evidence Squared podcast on the science of science communication. Courses taught by John Cook.

    1. You say: "he founded Skeptical Science" yep, a blog which has been debunked so many times, including those listed above, surely no sensible could take UNSkeptical UNScience seriously.

      You say cartoonist Cook published a paper on the risable "97% consensus."

      This has been so seriously debunked by peer reviewed paper to be 0.03% instead of 97.1% (see link above).

      Do some research and see how flawed your "hero" cartoonist John Cook is.

    2. Try reading my comment again. I stated " I am no fan of John Cook." His 97% has been debunked many times. He's a lying POS. Believe me, I have spent much time checking the asswipe out. The claim was made he is a cartoonist, that is not true as I listed. All the stuff above was copied/pasted. FYI, 0.3% was calculated by Christopher Monckton.

    3. A few years ago on his own website "skepticalscience" John Cook described himself as a "cartoonist working from home in Brisbane....currently juggling the tasks of taking care of his daughter .......developing a new cartoon series Terrible Twos.....". He has since replaced that description of himself with current job. At the time he achieved fame with that fake consensus according to himself he was a cartoonist.

  3. Why does the Sierra club promote a cartoonist? The IPCC promotes a number of cartoons which misrepresent reality.


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