Today is the first day of school in my part of the world. Summer (an unusually hot and drought-stricken one in our area) is waning and it’s time to get serious again.
I’ve been working on a number of projects, some of which should see the light of day soon. In the meantime, Australian writer Don Aitkin has a marvelous commentary on a newly published paper by geophysicist Michael Mann.
Mann is the Director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University and a professor of meteorology. Apparently, taxpayers pay his salary so that he can write political treatises that get published via psychology journals. This one, titled Science and the Public: Debate, Denial, and Skepticism invokes the word ‘denial’ 33 times and the word ‘political’ 23 times. It also contains an appendix advising the public that we need to play by certain…
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