Seeing as my comment has not appeared in response to your opinion piece at the National Business Review and I am not familiar with the moderation approach used there,* I offer it verbatim below. As I do, I’ve left the climate science for others. Even without that your opinion piece has it’s problems, to be polite.
Well, it seems we shouldn’t listen to you – that’s for certain!
You are getting basics wrong.
Let’s start with your analogy that, “The best-ever scientific knowledge was Newtonian mechanics. And Einstein blew it to bits.”
That is incorrect.
If you can’t get right something that simple, that well understood, why should we expect anything you say on climate science to be right?
Einstein’s work did not ‘blow Newtonian mechanics to bits’. The latter is very widely used, very usefully. Einstein’s work relates to conditions outside of the sorts of speeds, time-frames and distances that are typical of our daily lives.
You’ll see Newtonian mechanics used by engineers and scientists everywhere. It’s perfectly good for that. In fact, Einstein’s alternatives are inappropriate and needlessly complex for most applications.
Heck even simulations of macromolecules, something I have some familiarity with, uses Newtonian mechanics. It’s not ‘perfect’, but it is science; it’s pragmatic, used, and gets useful results.
You do realise that in writing “That’s incontrovertible” you are presenting certitude, the very thing you claim to oppose?
You also get wrong a very important basic. You offer that people should not listen to groups, implying that members of groups are ‘speaking in concert’. What you don’t say is that’s not the case for science. In science the consensus is the consequence of criticism of each other’s findings. Scientists don’t ‘toe lines’ the way members of political parties are obliged to!
See also Ken’s take on the climate science aspects.
* I have no idea how long moderation typically takes, if comments are usually accepted immediately or not, or who moderates the comments there. There no message given that the comment is in moderation or whatnot. I’m too busy to do more than quickly put this up here. Now, back to work… (A pity on such a lovely autumn day…)
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