"Behind it all lurks the overweening bureaucracy. Overpaid, overperked and underworked, insidious and international, they build their empires and extend their tentacles of control into the very heart of the lives of ordinary people. Research and educational policies are decided by people who think mathematics means arithmetic and have no conception of physics at all. Real research has all but come to an end, being largely replaced by populist surveys designed to catch the eye of the popular media. Mickey Mouse universities offer frivolous courses, while school children are subjected to a treadmill of continual testing between bouts of propaganda. In short, people are being deprived of the mental equipment to make a judgement of their own on any matter of importance. So Orwellian!" - John Brignellhttp://www.numberwatch.co.uk/zealots.htm
Tuesday, 13 July 2010
A Professor Abraham of St Thomas University in the States published a snide, superficial, supercilious, and super-silly online presentation that presumably reflected his teaching style, his integrity, and his grasp of climate science.
The C3 site describes him as the 'Bozo of St Thomas':
Viscount Monckton, whose earlier presentation was the target of Abraham's, has replied at length. After first giving Abraham a month to explain himself and respond to Monckton's concerns. Answer was there none.
You can reach the offending presentation (83 minutes, with soundtrack and slides) and get Monckton's detailed response in a pdf file via here:
Or you can get the rebuttal directly from the SPPI site here: http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/reprint/response_to_john_abraham.html
Monckton's response would be a good gift for a senior school pupil looking for a suitable university and a suitable degree. It will encourage them to be very careful where they go, as well as show them how a civilised man debates.
Who knows how many Abraham-clones there are in the UK alone?