In my opinion this entire sorry episode goes straight to the heart of the difference between the way alarmists like Williamson see the world, and the way normal people view the world. Alarmists seem to want their models, theories and opinions to be accepted as established fact. But the reality is their shaky theories are full of poorly supported conjecture and extrapolation.
Eric Worrall on WUWT, quoted by Dellers who has criticised Williamson's facile alarmism: http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/01/09/delingpole-how-i-totally-crushed-the-ocean-acidification-alarmist-loons/
Friday, 3 May 2013
Climate Classroom Library: copy and paste this post to make a bookmark, then buy the book!
Origin of the picture.
“The burning of a book is a sad,
sad sight, for even though a book
is nothing but ink and paper, it feels
as if the ideas contained in the book
are disappearing as the pages turn to
ashes and the cover and binding--
which is the term for the stitching and
glue that holds the pages together--
blacken and curl as the flames do their
wicked work. When someone is burning
a book, they are showing utter contempt
for all of the thinking that produced its
ideas, all of the labor that went into its
words and sentences, and all of the
trouble that befell the author . . .”
― Lemony Snicket, The Penultimate Peril
“Torch every book.
Burn every page.
Char every word to ash.
Ideas are incombustible.
And therein lies your real fear.”
― Ellen Hopkins
-----------Cut along here to make your very own bookmark-----------------------------------------------
The book in the picture is called 'The Mad, Mad, Mad World of Climatism', and is by Steve Goreham.
Here is some of his most recent writing republished at WUWT: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/05/03/the-tragedy-of-climatism-resource-misuse-on-a-global-scale/ .
His book can be bought on Amazon.
It is a lively book, designed and presented to be highly accessible and dipped into anywhere for insights and very quotable observations. There are lots of photographs, cartoons, charts, and diagrams. It would be a useful resource for any pupil pursuing a project on climate change and/or the associated agitation and panic it has induced in policymakers.
Note added later on 3 May 2013. It is not just climate blogs that have noticed. For example, with bold added here:
'Sad but true, mock book burnings appear to be acceptable behavior of professors at San Jose State University.
In this case, Dr. Alison Bridger is doing the honors. She is proudly assisted by SJSU assistant professor Dr. Craig Clements. They disagree with the text’s content.
Drs. Bridger and Clements are currently featured on the front April entry on San Jose State University’s Department of Meteorology and Climate Science web page. They may mysteriously disappear before you read this.
Most certainly they thought what they did was hilarious. Apparently, so did the whole department.
Lousy texts get tossed in the trash every day at universities around the world. But when you make a public statement of it, as San Jose State did, you cross a line. You tarnish any legitimate climate research that institution ever does.
Unfortunately, all they proved is how politics has stained the pristine world of science.'
Note added 5 May 2013. More of the same: http://pjmedia.com/eddriscoll/2013/05/04/san-jose-state-burns-books/