May 2016

Science Death Spiral

Having brought mankind so far, has traditional science finally outlived its usefulness? Many seem to think so, finding the rules of the scientific method—the strict guidelines a researcher must follow to actually practice science—far too restrictive and cumbersome. The requirement that evidence be empirical, which is to say, actual measurements of nature itself, is found too burdensome to new age scientists. They prefer clean, clinical computer models to messy, often uncooperative nature. Over reliance on models, misapplication of statistical methods, and lack of repeatability are the hallmarks of the new pseudoscience that is replacing the traditional practice of science, real science. As one critic recently wrote: “The problem with ­science is that so much of it simply isn’t.” Has science entered a death spiral, as indifferent, inept scientists raise up new generations of even poorer researchers? The facts look grim.

Starflake, Doug L. Hoffman's latest SF novel released.

Resilient Earth Press is pleased to announce that Starflake, Doug Hoffman's sixth novel and the third book of the T'aafhal Legacy, is now available for purchase online at The voyage of the Peggy Sue continues under the command of Captain Billy Ray Vincent. The story resumes nearly a year after the events chronicled in The Queen's Daemon. This time they are off to the Pleiades in search of the ancient and mysterious T'aafhal. Along the way, they discover something unexpected, a million-year-old space station in an empty star system—the Starflake. The station gives up its secrets grudgingly and soon the explorers are in a fight for their lives.

Of Models And Melting Ice Caps

Once again climate scientists have put forth a scary prediction about melting ice caps and once again they are portraying output from computer models as a reliable prediction of things to come. The normally staid and reliable journal Nature emblazoned its cover with “Rising tide” in large black print, with the subtext “A 500-year model of Antarctica's contribution to future sea-level rise” in smaller print below. When a closer look is taken at this new model it turns out to be a house of cards, incomplete and built on top of other climate change models that are known to be faulty. As the old saying goes: garbage in, garbage out. Yet a major science journal chose this piece of computerized legerdemain as its lead article. No wonder that climate alarmists, and climate science in general, have fallen into such ill repute.