I changed my mind. This is no longer my slice of the American Dream pie. It is now just a place for me to bitch.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Who wants it to be cold anyway. The cold fucking sucks.

I found this "hockey stick" graph that is very popular with environuts. Problem is it is from an article that says it is complete bullshit. Whole thing here.

From the article:

Canadian scientists Stephen McIntyre and Ross McKitrick have uncovered a fundamental mathematical flaw in the computer program that was used to produce the hockey stick.

This improper normalization procedure tends to emphasize any data that do have the hockey stick shape, and to suppress all data that do not. To demonstrate this effect, McIntyre and McKitrick created some meaningless test data that had, on average, no trends. When they fed these random data into the Mann procedure, out popped a hockey stick shape!

Also another article about a study that shows that 1/3 of all medical studies are wrong. Of course it could be part of the 1/3. HERE


Blogger Dennis Shoup said...

The danger with any type of science that carries ideological baggage is that it can be corrupted and manipulated to push a social agenda, I think the recent flap over government obesity "science" illustrates this point perfectly. People, including scientists have worldviews which can taint their attempts to discover truth. If you don't like looking at fat people, why not exaggerate the dangers of obesity? After all there are real dangers. Engage in hysterical hyperbole regarding secondhand smoke, then you won't have to encounter it in a restaurant and you'll have the added joy of pushing those dirty smokers around and dictating to property owners how they can run their business. Power is a far more wicked incentive than money. The global warming thing is a manifestation of this. Environmentalism is rooted in the old Romantic movement of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. If the idea of unspoiled wilderness appeals to a scientist, isn't it logical that he might manipulate his findings in such a way to endorse state policies that are anti-capitalist? There are trained scientists who endorse the idea of creationism for Superman's sake, doesn't that prove that smart people can buy into stupid things to satisfy an ideological need? Sorry for the serious comment... How do I feel? Good enough to fuck your mother.

4:17 PM

Blogger BlaineC said...

huh huh... "taint"

9:15 AM


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