Sure, we occasionally take a swipe at pseudoscience—homeopathy, astrology, claims that genetically modified food causes cancer, and so on. But the great thing about science is that it’s self-correcting. The good drives out the bad, because experiments get replicated and hypotheses put to the test. So a really bad idea cannot survive long in science. Or so I used to think. Now, thanks largely to climate science, I have changed my mind. It turns out bad ideas can persist in science for decades, and surrounded by myrmidons of furious defenders they can turn into intolerant dogmas.
The Heartland Institute is sponsoring its 10th Annual International Conference on Climate Change, in Washington DC, next month. I’ve followed some links and found that videos of previous sessions are available at no charge for online viewing. Below is a 1 minute one from Dr Tim Ball from last year, to give you a sense of what they’re about. You may view others at: http://climateconferences.heartland.org/