Monthly Archives: November 2011

Climategate continues

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http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204452104577059830626002226.html

Article reads: Last week, 5,000 files of private email correspondence among several of the world’s top climate scientists were anonymously leaked onto the Internet. Like the first “climategate” leak of 2009, the latest release shows top scientists in the field fudging data, conspiring to bully and silence opponents, and displaying far less certainty about the reliability of anthropogenic global warming theory in private than they ever admit in public.

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The science of climate change

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http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/unchanging-science_609223.html

Article reads: An hour’s poking around on the Internet reveals that no scientific consensus on massive human-caused climate change actually exists. Those afflicted with what economists call “perverse incentives,” however, want scientific consensus to exist, and they try, hard, to pull that consensus into being. Naturally, the debate is skewed toward the faction which controls the most political and economic resources​—​particularly the United Nations, on the commanding heights of resource allocation for activists through the mechanism of its various interlocking directorates of committees and NGOs.

Lynn Margulis passed away

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Article reads: Margulis was best known for her theory of symbiogenesis, which challenges Neo-Darwinism by arguing that inherited variation does not come from random mutations but long-lasting interaction between organisms.

The Errors of Statistical Hypotheses and Scientific Theories

My latest paper:

http://vixra.org/abs/1111.0034

Abstract reads: The process of error recognition is explored first in statistics, and then in science. The Type II error found in statistical hypothesis testing is found analogous to Karl Popper’s “logical probability” that is intended to measure the likelihood that a scientific theory can avoid its refutation. Nevertheless, Popper’s reliance on deductive thinking is found detracting from his demarcation that separates science and metaphysics. An improved critical logic for science is presented that permits error recognition more broadly: for induction by Popper’s falsification principle; but also for deduction and emotionality. The reality of induction creates a limitation for a science that has not accommodated a fuller menu of error recognition. The reality of induction places limits of what can be known from empiricism, and this has philosophical implications.

Caring, trust linked to genetic variation

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Article reads: Scientists have discovered that a gene that influences empathy, parental sensitivity and sociability is so powerful that even strangers observing 20 seconds of silent video identified people with a particular genetic variation to be more caring and trusting.

Wallace 98 Years Later

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http://www.evolutionnews.org/2011/11/alfred_russel_wallace_98_years052651.html

Article reads: What would surprise Wallace the most were he to be transported to this world 98 years later? At least seven things come to mind.

Nature’s laws may not be universals

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http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-10-nature-laws-vary-universe.html

Article reads: One of the most cherished principles in science – the constancy of physics – may not be true, according to research carried out at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Swinburne University of Technology and the University of Cambridge.

Horizontal gene transfer

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Article reads: Bacteria use horizontal gene transfer to confer and acquire genetic traits — it’s one way in which bacteria can select for traits desirable to them, but undesirable to humans, like antibiotic resistance. But horizontal gene transfer has never been seen on this scale or at this pace, the researchers say.

Earth’s temperatures have not increased in 13 years!

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http://www.express.co.uk/features/view/280948/Is-global-warming-over

Article reads: She says that BEST’s research actually shows that there has been no increase in world temperatures for 13 years.