THEY SAY science advances one discovery at a time.
But climate science doesn’t discover anything any more, so people like William ‘Stoat’ Connolley can only advance by gloating over the death of one skeptic at a time.
Connolley’s hit post on the legacy of Professor Robert Carter, 74, reminds me of Phil Jones’ cretinous remark upon learning that John Daly—gentleman and scholar and skeptic—had been felled by his first heart attack at just 61:
In an odd way this is cheering news !
It appears that on the moral front, certain folks haven’t advanced an inch.
The title of Stoat’s gloat (Science advances one funeral at a time) pays homage, in a dull and obvious way, to Max Planck’s theory of the reluctant progress of physics.
Fortunately, that whole paradigm died with Planck, allowing science to move on.
Or at least the normal sciences. But there’s nothing normal about climate science, which—if Herr Stoat is to be believed—is so pathologically sclerotic that whatever passes for progress can be delayed indefinitely by the mere existence of a scientist with a different opinion. How many more voices of dissent will need to be snuffed out before the decrepit locomotive is finally free to shudder its way spastically, millimetrically forward? (Maybe someone will give Tara Smith a grant to gather this vital strategic intel.)
I’ve struggled to think of one good thing that comes out of this sad news. The best I can come up with is:
Now that the wickedly-smart, world-bestriding, widely-respected Bob Carter’s life-support system has been switched off, he finally qualifies in the same weight class, intellectually, as the alarmists who have spent years refusing to debate him.
Those with too little stomach, or too much sense, to patronize William’s whacked-out world of weaselry might prefer to visit the Rabbett warren instead, where somebunny called Brian has posted what is probably the most decent obituary the other ‘side’ is capable of. You might even want to leave a comment applauding the denizens for their comparative chivalry and humanity.
I would, but I’ve been blocked for debating them too well. ▪️