“Science is hard…” claims blogger.


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The accelerated melting of the lower Greenland ice sheet in recent years is reportedly due in large part to the increasing abundance of cryoconite granules and pigmented algae. However, how many types of microbe inhabiting in this tiny granule and what kind of environment factors promoting the activities of cold-loving microbes are still unclear.  ____________________________________________________

The official stance of this blog is that “Science is hard.”

It’s even harder when you try to examine large systems like the climate of Earth, with imperfect data collection tools and when so many of the factors which affect your data are not fully understood.  A bit harder when you try to measure a half-degree change using thermometers located at the airport, and tree rings to compare climate over hundreds of years.  

Bones tossed into a bowl with the blood of a frog and native herbs might actually yield more accurate data.

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Stranded!

 

Science is made easier of course if scientists declare that ‘the science is settled'” and them take action to modify their research data to fit their conclusions.  

You can’t trust me on science. My last science classes were Dr. Brown’s Physics for Clowns,” and “Rocks for Jocks,” in which I was the only non-athlete in the room.  

On the other hand, I don’t actually fly private jets to a Global Climate Change summit, so there’s that.

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” I actually enjoy floating on these things.  If I need to go somewhere, I’ll swim.”

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3 thoughts on ““Science is hard…” claims blogger.

  1. onwyrdsdream

    Science is hard, but incentive is less hard. People studying a topic needing funding will only get funding if what they are studying is perceived as a threat or a huge potential profit.

    Which is to say, if climate isn’t dangerous or profitable, it’ll only be funded to the level of basic science… Which directly relates to how sexy the field is. There are more climate researchers than we need, so they must pump up demand. Profit from climate change is too slow, so they must sell it’s danger.

    And we’re a generation educated by captain planet claiming too many cars will make our planet Venus. Which is to say, made stupider by misinformation by people with an agenda.

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    1. Dave Alexander (formerly ukuleledave) Post author

      Research by its very nature must ‘discover’ groundbreaking new ideas. There’s no money in asserting that because of multiple ice ages with periods of warming in between, that the temperature of the earth is not actually constant. We ‘knew this’ a long time ago, but that notion needed to be ignored in order to blame CO2 for climate change.

      In the social sciences the problem is even more pronounced. Doctoral students in teaching need a unique idea — and then they need to prove that idea to be effective. Nobody ever became a ‘darling’ of academia by discovering that some old theory is actually true. If I ever get my PhD in education, my thesis will be on the value of 1960’s era SRA phonics sets combined with basal readers like Dick and Jane.

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      1. onwyrdsdream

        There is also self validation. You spent years of your short life and a fair amount of treasure getting where you are today. if you determined what you were working on was unimportant, wouldn’t that just about lead to a breakdown? Comparatively geologist find oil and valuable minerals, make useful safety determinations, etc. Climatologists study past climates and project in the future beyond the edge of our lifetimes, it’ll either be hotter or colder than today based on statistical models developed by people shockingly bad at statistics.

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