“We can’t prove anything. We can only disprove something.”

Quote by Richard Phillips Feynman, an American theoretical physicist, known for his work in the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, the theory of quantum electrodynamics, the physics of the superfluidity of supercooled liquid helium, as well as his work in particle physics for which he proposed the parton model. (Wikipedia bio) http://www.richardfeynman.com/

Professor Feynman continued, “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.”

With all of that in mind, here is wisdom from Professor Murry Salby, PhD, atmospheric physics, Georgia Institute of Technology aka Georgia Tech.

Pseudo-science is not how we got to the moon.  It is however endemic to the climate change industry. We enjoy the benefits of the age of enlightenment. The instrument of reason is inquiry. We learn by questioning. In real science, understanding is constantly tested. With removal of questioning, the age of enlightenment reverts to an age of fear and superstition.

One must wonder if these are the activities of a promoter of scientific understanding or an instrument of social dogma. The real travesty in this affair is what, on the grounds of a contrived crisis, have been ignored.  While countless resources are diverted to a crisis of convenience, the real mechanism, those behind changes of regional climate, have been relegated to the dustbin of ignorance.

The distorted narrative on climate is the product of a post-modern universe in which ideology trumps reason.  In this universe, a student of ancient kangaroos or tree rings becomes an expert on the atmosphere.  The purveyors of ideology count on it being mass marketed under the guise of virtue coupled with unquestioning naivete.  Blind deference to ideology however has a price.

In more ways than one.

Implicit in effective communication is suppression of contradictory evidence while media gatekeepers discriminate information to the party line. If even that proves insufficient, the industry resorts to slander.

“When the debate is lost, slander becomes the instrument of the loser.” ~ Socrates

An organized PR campaign well-funded by vested interests to subordinate and intimidate dissent. 

Some examples of those with the temerity to question the party line:

I notified Macquarie where to position my new teaching role.

The sponsored promotion of ideology, intimidation of dissent and censorship of contradictory evidence reflect a prophetic insight into how manipulation of information can distort the public’s perception of reality.

“Who controls the past controls the future.  Who controls the present controls the past.” ~ George Orwell

Why the climate change industry resorts to these tactics is hardly a mystery.  They have to.  Were climate gladiators ever to go head-to-head with hard scientists, real scientists, with demonstrated capacity in what actually controls the atmosphere, they would be laughed out of the coliseum once and for all.  Until then, this festering sore on the public’s back will chronically re-emerge with the frequency of the political cycle.

There is only one protection against the perversion of science.

“Who controls the past controls the future.  Who controls the present controls the past.” ~ George Orwell

It’s the same protection against the perversion of law and the manipulation of information by media: ensure that both sides are represented.  Where that protection is circumvented is not science nor any legitimate process because it blocks the avenue to truth.

The importance of this safeguard was illustrated by the Challenger disaster.  When the Space Shuttle exploded on launch that failure jeopardized NASA’s multi-billion-dollar shuttle program.  The mystery was eventually solved because NASA was forced to open the discussion. It yielded a robust scientific exchange unbridled by vested interests.  The mystery was solved by an outsider.  A critical component of the shuttle had been defated by government experts. Those claims were falsified.  By Richard Feynman.  The shuttle program wasn’t saved by government experts. It was saved by one who challenged those experts.

The promoted view of atmospheric CO2, the foundation of the climate change industry, is the product of a universe in which atmospheric CO2 changes only through human emission but a few percent of natural emission, which is assumed to be asleep. A universe in which isotopic changes that are inherent to natural CO2 are portrayed as a unique signature of human emission.  A universe in which CO2 is removed from the atmosphere even if there is no CO2 in the atmosphere.  And most unsettling, a universe in which observed behavior that falsifies tenets of the climate change industry is verboten, silenced and systematically expunged from the record.  In this universe, only one side is permitted: the party line.  The consequence of this last feature is transparent.  It conceals fundamental errors of this fantasy universe; this universe is not governed by the laws of physics or any hard science. It is governed by ideology.  The end justifies the means.

The failure of institutionalized science to treat this subject objectively, how science must be done, will be an indelible blight on credibility of science. Under post-modern influence in pursuit of cash and influence, the very institutions who are supposed to advance science, not for political gain but for understanding of the natural world, will have shot science in the foot. Why they gravitated to this state isn’t difficult to understand.  A society which supports only one side of a divisive issue shall have only one side.

End quote.

Kudos to Professor Salby. Thank you.

Here are the URLs from the 4 images posted in the text above:
R. Pielke
L. Bengtsson
R. Lindzen
M. Salby (the closest relevant link)

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Bud is a retired life sciences executive. Bud's entrepreneurial leadership exceeded three decades. He was the senior business development, marketing and sales executive at four public corporations, each company a supplier of analytical and life sciences instrumentation, software, consumables and service. Prior to those positions, his 19 year career in Hewlett-Packard Company's Analytical Products Group included worldwide sales and marketing responsibility for Bioscience Products, Global Accounts and the International Olympic Committee, as well as international management assignments based in Japan and Latin America. Bud has visited and worked in more than 65 countries and lived and worked in 3 countries.
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