Anthony Watts has announced a fan, who learnt all he needs to know about climate after reading WUWT for 400 hours (archived here). What have I learnt about climate science deniers after reading their nonsense for several hours a day over several years? Not a helluva lot. Then again, I'm not a cognitive scientist. I have discovered that they'll generally expend an awful lot of energy promoting their rejection of science. A whole lot more than investigating it.
UPDATE: A group of us have now written a response to David Seigel's article. We posted it at the same website: Medium.com. Feel free to recommend, like, comment, tweet and generally spread it around, especially if you come across people touting the Siegel denialisms.
I've also figured out that science deniers like to congregate with other science deniers. They don't find much joy in real life, so they get together in cyberspace. I expect they find it reassuring to find there are other people in the world who think the earth is flat, or that it was created by a god 6,000 years ago, or the equivalent for climate denial. Rather in the manner that Gabby so eloquently put it, in the cartoon on sexism:
David Siegel thinks climate science is a hoax
David Siegel says that this year he spent the equivalent ten weeks full time (400 hours) and came to the conclusion that all the world's experts are wrong. It's a conspiracy, he's decided. Looking at his blog, with quotes from science disinformer Denier Don Easterbrook, he wasted most of his time scouring denier blogs, and was particularly drawn to climate conspiracy theories. In other words, the crank magnet works.
Think about what he claims to have discovered in just ten weeks full time (or the equivalent). He decided that he's right. He's proclaiming that all the thousands of scientists are wrong. In ten short weeks, he's figured that two centuries of science is wrong. That all the experts who've each spent anything up to forty years or more, building on the knowledge of thousands more scientists who went before them, who also would have each spent upwards of thirty years or more studying the earth, atmosphere, cryosphere, oceans and more - they are all wrong.
David complains that no-one will take any notice of his (not) amazing discovery. He wrote:
I submitted my piece to every liberal publication, from the LA Times to the Atlantic Monthly to National Geographic to Huffington Post and many more. They all turned it down. Now I’m launching it myself and hope you will read it and help spread the word.
Well, he's finally hit a real climate blog. He's featured here at HotWhopper. Let's hope he enjoys his little moment in the sun (which he thinks is what's causing global warming. Actually not. I think he doesn't know that the world is warming. It's all a hoax, he reckons.)
I'm not a climate scientist but...
Now David starts off explaining "I'm not a climate expert..." in the manner of denier politicians. He's not up with the latest, is he. Anyway, here is what the people in Australia who are climate scientists think about that (warning: strong language):
And algore is FAT!
So why does David Siegel reject 200 years of science? Hard to say. He makes all sorts of silly excuses, which are along the lines of the following, but it doesn't explain why he rejects science. Here are some of his supposed reasons (or pretty close :D), based on his very long article on his website. (He says it's 9,000 words - not nearly as long as the IPCC reports.)
- Al Gore is fat (what can I say? I don't think he is. Not really.)
- It only takes one paper to disprove a theory (he's wrong, and in any case he has yet to discover that one paper, of course)
- Consensus doesn't matter (it does. Science projects almost never start from first principles. Research builds on what is accepted science. Imagine if every bit of research first had to prove the existence of atoms before they could embark on any further research.)
- The hockey stick is tree rings (he ignores the other proxies that were used in working out past temperatures, in the original hockey stick as well as all the subsequent ones. Typical denier.)
- The IPCC is "playing games". (That shows that David Siegel entertains conspiracy theories of the climate kind.)
- The NOAA is fudging data (It's not. Again, David Siegel has to resort to a climate conspiracy theory to justify his denial.)
- He's a fan of Anthony Watts (it takes all kinds and who cares about inconsistency?)
- He's discovered Willie "it's the sun" Soon (I was beginning to suspect that David Siegel is an imposter. He's not. He really does write - books on "the future of technology, the Internet, and business" according to Amazon).
From the WUWT comments
October 16, 2015 at 12:17 am
From my experience, as soon as you cross this line you will discover all of your previous friends clamping their hands over their ears and screaming “la la la la la” so they don’t have to hear.
Good luck with this, though!
I also started out believing the narrative, and it really only took a few hours of looking at data to realize it was a load.
kalya22 is disappointed. She or he was hoping for something different to a regurgitation of the everyday nuttery at WUWT. It's just a whole heap of copy and pastes from WUWT with some added verbiage from David Siegel.
October 16, 2015 at 1:30 am
Congratulation Mr. Siegel for your courage and efforts. Frankly, I was disappointed by your article. As you say, we are loosing the battle and simply re-stating facts to prove our point is not working. So I was hoping you would present a new way. But you aren’t. I don’t see how you hope to win. To win, a different approach is evidently needed and I was hoping to get that from your article. I however wish you the best of luck!
From the HotWhopper archives
David Siegel isn't the first to be proud that he's a flat earther. Others have gone before him:
- Self portrait of a typical science denier on WUWT - July 2013
- More denier self-portraits, including around 35+ engineers - July 2013
- Maurice Newman: A Self-Portrait of an Utter Nutter Science Denier - January 2014
- Confessions of deniers at Judith Curry's blog - February 2015
- Denier weirdness: a collection of alarmist predictions from WUWT and elsewhere - July 2013 - just in case David Siegel wants to see how Denier Don Easterbrook's predictions have (not) panned out. Or he can choose one for himself.