The Nature of Science

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sun, 11 Mar 2018 06:54:22 GMT  <== Politics ==>   <== Science/Technology ==> 

Most people have no idea what science is. NOTHING is ever certain to a scientist. Scientific models are ALL theories. They claim causality in certain domains to specific tolerances, until somebody proves otherwise.

Science is NEVER settled, and consensus matters not, only repeatability of experiments.

If you're attempting to force somebody to go along with you by saying, "science says", you do not understand science. That's politics, not science.

Scientists are always uncertain, always looking for holes in their theories, always looking to make their theories better. They always know that no matter how good a scientific theory, it is still only a meager approximation of reality.

-Bill St. Clair

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Real Climatologists

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sat, 16 Sep 2017 11:51:03 GMT  <== Politics ==>   <== Science/Technology ==> 

Real Climatologists: "If Global Warming Is Irrefutable, It's Not Science, It's Religion"

http://columbia-phd.org/RealClimatologists

Their Principles page says something I've been saying for a long time. Climate is a complex non-linear system far from equilibrium. You cannot predict such a system, long-term, you can only watch it and see what it does.

From the About Us page:

We are the most qualified real climatologists to ever come out as global warming skeptics, including even more than Dr. Richard Lindzen, Dr. Judith Curry, and Dr. Roy Spencer, although we acknowledge their courage. We only came out after President Trump was elected because before that it seemed futile.

Unlike most scientists counted in the scientific consensus on global warming we are real climate scientists. Our graduate careers included numerous courses in climate and we have done extensive research in climate, including climate modeling and climate proxies (past climates). Doing both is unusual. Not only have we actually used and run climate models but we have actually programmed them and so fully understand their (huge) weaknesses. Unlike many we don't just ignorantly use the climate proxy data produced by others but we have taken courses and done research on climate proxies and so fully understand their (huge) weaknesses.

For those, mostly non-scientists, who are foolish enough to believe (and espouse) that peer review means that what is written is true, every word one of us writes is actually read by the other before publication. Scientists today often don't have time to even scan the current literature, never mind carefully read papers for peer review. Often a peer reviewer simply looks at the reputations of, or if he is friends with, the paper's authors to decide on whether the paper should be published. This is especially true for scientists who are non-native English speakers since English is the language of science and reading English carefully is a tedious task.

We don't get paid by the oil companies or anyone else to question global warming. We are not disgruntled employees. We just think climate science is one of the most fascinating sciences there is and to turn it into a lie for career advancement and political purposes is unconscionable.

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Buh Bye AGW

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sun, 04 Jun 2017 12:22:32 GMT  <== Politics ==>   <== Science/Technology ==> 

Say goodbye, warmists. Your jig is up. The "science" your politics is based on is complete bunk.

Principia Scientific outlines two new studies showing that there is no such thing as a greenhouse gas and not only does CO2 not cause warming, it's not even clear that human creation of it effects its concentration in the atmosphere.

I haven't yet read the papers themselves, and I doubt i'll understand them any better than I understand the warmist papers. The same goes for 99.999% of humanity. Warmism is a religion. Rationality and science have nothing to do with it.

I saved a copy at billstclair.com/bunk. My copies of the PDFs of the two studies are linked via "local copy".

The authors, who are experts trained in higher-level physics and chemistry, painstakingly apply a fresh eye to the convoluted and often contradictory assertions made by ill-trained researchers in the infant science of climate studies. It was discovered that due to deficiencies in understanding of the tougher concepts of thermodynamics, the poorly-trained generalists within the tight-knit climate community had overly relied on 19th century half-baked and simplistic interpretations.

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"Nothing in the data supports the supposition that atmospheric CO2 is a driver of weather or climate, or that human emissions control atmospheric CO2."

The studies:

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Vaccination Resources

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sat, 07 Feb 2015 03:15:53 GMT  <== Science/Technology ==> 

billstclair.com/vaccination.html is a page for Vaccination Resources. It's mostly anti-vaccine, but I've included a couple of big vaccine proponents.

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Vaccine McCarthyism. What if the Vaccine Paradigm itself is Deliberately Flawed?

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Thu, 05 Feb 2015 01:56:44 GMT  <== Science/Technology ==> 

Dr. Gary Null and Richard Gale at Global Research - it became clear in 2014, with many studies and the release of documents by Dr. William Thompson, a CDC whistleblower, that vaccines are not the magic bullet many people believe them to be. They may actually be a major cause of the diseases they claim to eradicate, and more.

I've noticed lots of fundamentalist vaccine proponents on social media of late. Hopefully, some of them will let down their religious blinders and listen to reason, before it's too late.

Rarely does a whistleblower emerge from the federal health agencies. Government and corporate entities that are notoriously hierarchical, such as the CDC, FDA, and Health and Human Services, ruthlessly prevent dissention from their ranks. In the Obama era, when whistleblowers are persecuted more than ever before, it is an act of great courage for a person to come forth and reveal government malfeasance, corruption, and criminal behavior. Therefore, it was a shocking surprise last year when a senior epidemiologist at the CDC, Dr. William Thompson, acted upon his moral conscience and released thousands of pages of CDC documents with research data to Congress that unveil the agencies long history of fraudulent studies and medical cover-ups that hid the serious failures and health risks of vaccines.

This article is also published At GreenMedInfo.com

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Master Mineral Solution (MMS)

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Thu, 05 Feb 2015 01:39:41 GMT  <== Science/Technology ==> 

Archbishop Jim Humble is the inventor of MMS (Master Mineral Solution or Miracle Mineral Supplement), a 22.4% solution of Sodium Chlorite (NaClO2) in water. It becomes Chlorine dioxide gas when activate with citric acid. Mr. Humble claims that drinking small amounts can cure most diseases, including Malaria, Flu, cancer, and others. Protocols are listed in the right column of the linked page. More information on the wiki, including Basic Science of MMS.

The FDA is currently trying to suppress MMS, by prosecuting one of the US distributors, Daniel Smith.

I ordered MMS from mms-supplement.com. It was shipped form Australia, due to the FDA suppression. I'll report back after trying it for a few weeks. I'm hoping that it will help my daughter with her Lyme disease and Babesiosis.

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3D Printed 5-Story House Shell

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Wed, 21 Jan 2015 07:36:47 GMT  <== Science/Technology ==> 

Gary North at LewRockwell.com - Shanghai WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co is making 3D-printed houses out of concrete. 200 square meters (2,150 square feet) costs $4,800 to make. They're planning "to establish 12 Dream Factories in desert using a sand 3D printer developed by WinSun". Full story with photos at 3ders.org

Winsun 3D Printed Villa

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New drug could cure nearly any viral infection

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Wed, 10 Dec 2014 15:54:46 GMT  <== Science/Technology ==> 

MIT News - From Dr. Todd Rider at MIT, a silver bullet is on the horizon for viral infections.

esearchers tested their drug against 15 viruses, and found it was effective against all of them  including rhinoviruses that cause the common cold, H1N1 influenza, a stomach virus, a polio virus, dengue fever and several other types of hemorrhagic fever.

The drug works by targeting a type of RNA produced only in cells that have been infected by viruses. In theory, it should work against all viruses, says Todd Rider, a senior staff scientist in Lincoln Laboratorys Chemical, Biological, and Nanoscale Technologies Group who invented the new technology.

Because the technology is so broad-spectrum, it could potentially also be used to combat outbreaks of new viruses, such as the 2003 SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) outbreak, Rider says.

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Rider drew inspiration for his therapeutic agents, dubbed DRACOs (Double-stranded RNA Activated Caspase Oligomerizers), from living cells own defense systems.

You can donate to the research at The DRACO Fund. They have a good article by Scott Tarone: MIT and the Demise of the Viral Infection.

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The Copenhagen Wheel

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Thu, 26 Dec 2013 15:36:01 GMT  <== Science/Technology ==> 

SuperPedestrian.org - The Copenhagen Wheel is a motor and battery attached to a bicycle wheel. It has a 50km range when charged for 4 hours, and recharges when braking or going downhill. They expect to ship in the summer of 2014. You can pre-order yours today for $800.

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Liquid Fuel, from the Sun

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Fri, 27 Sep 2013 14:18:28 GMT  <== Science/Technology ==> 

Annalee Newitz at The New Yorker - Researchers at the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis are making an artificial leaf, a device that can turn water, CO2, and sunlight into liquid hydrocarbon fuel and oxygen. No estimate of when commercial viability is likely to happen. [root]

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