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 on learning that John Daly—gentleman and scholar and skeptic—had been felled by his first heart attack at the age of 61:
In an odd way this is cheering news !
It appears that on the moral front, certain people haven’t advanced an inch.
The awfully-clever title of Mr Stoat’s gloat (Science advances one funeral at a time) pays homage, in an obvious way, to Max Planck’s theory of the reluctant progress of physics.
Thankfully, though, that paradigm died with Planck—science has moved on.
Or rather, the normal sciences have. 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 prevented indefinitely by the mere existence of a scientist with a different opinion. How many more voices of dissent need to be snuffed out before the decrepit locomotive is finally able 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 becomes a fair match for his alarmist opponents in debate.
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. ▪️