Ken Ring pontificates on climate change

By Ken Perrott 13/07/2014 14


Another of Ken Ring’s “self help” books – Pawmistry: How to Read Your Cat’s Paws

Ken Ring runs a business predicting the weather. Apparently in that sort of business, and with the clients he has, conflict with evidence-based science and scientists is good for business. So,  it isn’t not surprising to find him trolling the internet debating issues from weather and climate change to earthquakes.

But his contribution to a recent debate on the NZ Skeptics Facebook page is a shocker. Here is his simple experiment proving that carbon dioxide does not influence climate and anthropogenic climate change is a fraud:

  • Ken Ring “Christopher, no, CO2 does not affect temperature at all. A bottle of Coke won’t warm a room, but a warmer room will increase the pressure of CO2 in the bottle. 

And just to dig the hole even deeper he adds:

  • Ken Ring “Ok William, just shake the bottle of Coke in a cold room and then open it. See if it warms the room. Then shake one in a warm room and open it. Note the difference. James, there is hardly any CO2 in the atmosphere. Roughly 99% of all the CO2 in the world is in the ocean or in the ground. Tiny fact you may have overlooked.”
Not the sort of thing that should inspire confidence of his scientific skills amongst prospective customers. But then again, with some people this sort of thing goes down well.

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14 Responses to “Ken Ring pontificates on climate change”

  • House cold? Call Ken. He walks in, all he has to do is keep speaking, house gets warmer. Warm enough? “Out ya go. Thanks Ken, bye.”

  • Could some-one PLEASE (try to..) teach Ken Ring some thermodynamics? His “experiment” is so wrong it hurts.

  • This is really getting desperate. The book pictured above and found on humour bookshelves was a team exercise by Penguin to satirise New Age literature. It was a deliberate joke which everyone except Scriblogs gets, so the joke is on them for even posting it. In case anyone is wondering, I get no royalties from the book. I have never claimed that reading cats’ paws can help anyone predict weather.
    As to adding to a debate on the NZ Skeptics Forum about climate change, apparently questioning this scam is not viewed as acceptable in fund-driven “science” and I appear to be the only sceptic there. I continually call for evidence of climate change or global warming. There is none. There is only what one dummy said and what other dummies parrot afterwards.

    • Actually, Ken, I do find the book a joke – hilarious. Who could take it seriously? But I also find your understanding of the physics involved in the contribution of CO2 to global temperature and your description of honest science and scientists hilarious.

      You are good for a laugh.

  • You are continually given evidence of global warming, Ken. The problem is you hand-wave it away if it doesn’t fit the conclusions you have reached.

    Signed,
    A Dummy

  • Given Ken Ring publishes semi-astrological nonsense on twitter, a “serious” book on reading cat paws seems entirely consistent with his track record.

    For example, “Jupiter opposite Pluto is ancient eq signal” is an amazing piece of nonsense. For a start, there is no evidence that anyone was aware of Pluto prior to its discovery in the 20th century.

    Similarly, “Pluto over North Island” is just plain wrong. Pluto is never directly over the NZ North Island and the rotation of the Earth means Pluto is over a bunch of places on any given day.

  • Michael, Pluto and Neptune were known to the Hindu people, not to westerners.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planets_in_astrology
    A Jupiter Pluto opposition is an earthquake signal. Just because this is unknown to you is not cause for ridicule.

    Ken, the laugh is on you, for desperately dredging out a joke book written 16 years ago, as an attempt to criticise the science points I was making in another forum.

    Simon, no evidence has been given of global warming. What is the temperature of the earth supposed to be? What science background to you have? What weather-pattern work have you done?

    • Ken, you really are trying to divert attention away from the straw man you presented. This post illustrated that straw man by quoting your silly comments about global warming. This completely misrepresents the science and my post was pulling you up on that. I made no reference to your book, except to use it as an illustration and free advertising for you. I did not directly connect it to your misrepresentation of the science – although I guess there is an inference in there somewhere about your understanding of science and evidence.

      Are you ashamed of that book?

      By the way, I notice on the skeptics Facebook discussion you do actually accept the mechanism for the influence of atmospheric CO2 on global temperature a being due to “insulation” – reduction of heat loss from the planet – rather than somehow heating up the planet by itself.

      So why the strawmannery?

  • Ken, the laugh is on you, for desperately dredging out a joke book written 16 years ago, as an attempt to criticise the science points I was making in another forum.
    Simon, no evidence has been given of global warming. What is the temperature of the earth supposed to be? What science background to you have? What weather-pattern work have you done?

  • Ken,

    “Pluto and Neptune were known to the Hindu people” [citation needed]. Your reference, all about the magic belief known as astrology, doesn’t say this.

    If the Hindu people knew about Pluto before the rest of the world, why didn’t they mention it in texts dating before 1930?

    Next you’ll be telling us they knew about Eris as well.

  • “Pluto and Neptune were known to the Hindu people” – on what basis could they have known about these planets, given that they are not visible to the naked eye? Also, what Stuartg said.

  • A brief bit of research shows that the ancient Hindu’s didn’t know about Uranus, Neptune or Pluto at all. The “9 planets” include the Sun, Moon, and Rahu and Ketu (the ascending and descending nodes of the moons orbit).
    Navagrahas
    “9 Planets”
    on Yahoo Answers even
    But then also maybe they did?
    It’s hard to tell sometimes if information is actually old, or old and new have been combined.