... Modern science seems less about science and more about working up consensus, agitating for social agreement, shaping opinion and aligning political decision-making, from climate to smog to chemicals. Science becomes the backdrop to an exercise in marketing and propaganda.Ouch! Ms. MacMillan would do well to avoid embarrassing contradictions brought on by pontificating on subjects she clearly knows little about. And to improve her understanding of climate science the least she could do is take the time to read Ross McKitrick's excellent update.
... A sidelight to the science of climate change is the willingness of even our most learned academics to fall into line behind the idea of climate “consensus.” Margaret MacMillan, one of the world’s most celebrated historians, told a Toronto audience recently that a consensus will likely never form around the origins of World War One. “The past is not settled,” she said. “We should not be trying to find a single settled version of the past. We should be arguing about it because these are important questions.”
About 15 minutes before saying that a war fought 100 years ago was ultimately unknowable, Ms. MacMillan saw no need to argue or debate over climate change issues. We have, she said, something like 90% agreement among scientists. As a result, she was more than willing to accept that climate change would bring a crisis 100 years from now. We can have no consensus on the past, but the future is settled.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Renowned Canadian historian, Margaret MacMillan, suckered by junk science
Terence Corcoran on the opening of the 16th annual Junk Science Week: