Sunday, 13 November 2011

Why Slow Climate?

The modern world is speedy, but there is often a benefit in stepping back and taking a longer look at things. In science, in climate science maybe more than others, there is a benefit in realising that the right answer won't be immediately apparent and that no single fact will ever prove completely decisive to our understanding of the climate system. It pays to take it slow.

Friday, 11 November 2011

Ludecke, Link and Ewert 2011

There's been some discussion (and discussion about the discussion) of a paper by Ludecke et al. (2011) which was published in the International Journal of Modern Physics C. A number of critiques have been written already so there's no burning reason to add to them, but this paper seems topical and though I didn't want to start out this blog writing about a weak paper, I've read it and I think it's weak and I thought I should say why.

Sunday, 8 May 2011

The Poverty of Skepticism

Strange is the world in which skeptics are defined by that which they believe rather than by the route they take to knowledge.