Friday, May 3, 2013

Denier Weirdness: Money to Burn...

Sou | 6:43 AM Go to the first of 3 comments. Add a comment

You Can't Judge a Book by Its Cover But You Can Judge a Book by the Sender

Books come in all shapes and sizes.  Some have pretty covers, some have blank pages waiting to be written on.  Some are expensive, some cost nothing.   Some are so bad they should be pulped...or burnt.  The Heartland Institute must have been given some money and told to burn it, because it looks as if it paid for such a book, written by Steve Goreham.

Anthony Watts and his bunch of scientific illiterates are pretending to be irate that a meteorology department would consider burning a book that's not worth the paper it's written on.  The book is not actually for the illiterate, it's written for the illiterati.  It's aimed squarely at people who take pride in the fact that they are ignorant and refuse to learn.

The book derides knowledge and mocks climate science and all related fields of study.  Heartland Institute for reasons known only to themselves, sent oodles of free copies to climate scientists and those researching related fields.

Why did the Heartland Institute send it out in bulk to the very people in the best position of all to see it for the nonsense it is?  Why send a book deriding knowledge to knowledge institutions?  To people who take pride in their high level of knowledge and learning?  Are the people at Heartland Institute so ignorant that they think it will be well-received?

Laughing Stock

Here is what one unwilling recipient of the book wrote:
I was in an office at a university when this book arrived in the mail. It quickly became the laughing stock at the university that day. If the Heartland Institute thought they were going to hoodwink educators with this crap they were dead wrong. People rolled their eyes at it and snorted their favourite beverage out their nose as they read it.

I mean really.  What was Heartland Institute thinking?  They sent out hundreds of free copies of a book trashing science - and where did they send it?  To the very science departments they were trashing.  Did they expect the scientists would write rave reviews of a book that rubbished their life's work and mocked two centuries of solid scientific knowledge? 

I guess it's not enough for them to liken people who accept science to mass murderers.  Perhaps they truly believe that a dumb, crass free book will be all it takes to 'convert' scientists to the religion of the illiterati.


  1. If the Heartland folks would make their book available in the convenient 4-inch roll format, they'd be able to give away lots more copies...

    Anyway, this reminds me of an old quip:

    "I am sitting in the smallest room of my house. I have your paper in front of me. It will soon be behind me".

    I'd give due credit for that if I knew to whom to give the credit...

  2. One can download a free sample for the Amazon Kindle.

    The book really is atrociously stupid!

  3. It is a terrible book. I recommend everyone read it, you know, just for a few laughs. Go ahead, it will be great entertainment. Sure.



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