Marconomics, Comet Whisperer, Clothing engineer
So, where are they? :)I find the pack mentality on Realclimate rather chilling. All who question the orthodoxy must have malign motives, doubtless bought by the oil companies. It is far more 'blog' than 'science' in spirit. Sadly, New Scientist is little better...
However, the fact that it is open to civil comments makes the blog spirit fair. Questioning the orthodoxy may attract the pack to retaliate, but the comments remain and are widely read by a wide range of interests. Unanswered comments questioning aspects may even count as victories against the pack.
I've read the Realclimate discussion, and I think people are being quite reasonable, though a bit flinchy. I myself am flinchy from debates involving my current work, so I can understand this: when you have been attacked many times before with similar arguments, you get testy, even if people are being passibly polite. In this kind of environment - for example, were I to post to a religious board - I would go particularly out of my way to be polite and agreeable and humble. Humble being probably the most important part.
I should clarify: I am not talking about their attitude to hapless n00bs posting on their board, but their attitude to their colleagues who fail to fall into line with every dogma of the orthodoxy. F'rinstance, I fail to see how RPJ qualifies as a denialist, skeptic, or contrarian, yet he seems to be a regular target of ad hominem abuse.
I am enjoying arguing on the fringes, perhaps making headway against their innate disdain for economists. Also perhaps against their premature assertions on net extreme weather events, even hurricanes.
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