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Real Sceptic: Why We Became Scientists: Dunderhead

Working with scientists for over a decade has taught me one thing: they are an interesting and varied bunch. Fiercely dedicated to their chosen career, love what they do, very enthusiastic when given half a chance to talk about their research, and very inquisitive. They perk up when somewhere a scientist says “huh, that’s funny.”

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2017-04-01 17:17   Click to comment

Real Sceptic: AGU Fall Meeting Day 1 – Education And Science Outreach

The past days I’ve been at the AGU Fall Meeting interviewing scientists and experts, going to presentations, visit poster sessions, checking out exhibitions, and meeting a lot of interesting folks. Basically I’m gathering information and content on a lot of climate science and science communication related subjects. Via my Twitter account you can get the latest updates on

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2016-12-15 05:08   Click to comment

Real Sceptic: San Francisco Meet Up & AGU Fall Meeting

This is just a quick post for two announcements. The first one is that I’m in San Francisco at the moment and this Friday I’ll be meeting with Jason from Opinion-Ville. Anyone who is interested can join us. Please see below for further details. The second announcement is that I’ll be attending the AGU Fall

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2016-12-08 03:24   Click to comment

Real Sceptic: The Big Pharma Cancer Conspiracy

Social media is both a blessing and the bane of my life. It’s used to great effect to counter (potentially dangerous) misinformation and share fun little tidbits about science. But at the same time it has made it easy to reach millions with wacky conspiracy theories. Some use it very effectively to spread misinformation. For me

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2016-12-07 23:49   Click to comment

Real Sceptic: Activity Trackers Aren’t A Weight Loss Miracle Cure

Wearables like activity trackers do get a bit of attention today. They are still a bit gimmicky as the market is still figuring out how people use them and want to use them. But there is a steady uptake in their usage, consumers bought a respectable 78 millions devices last year. I’m even among the folks who quite happily use

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2016-10-06 18:20   Click to comment

Real Sceptic: Brexit: Emotions Trumped Facts During UK’s Referendum

Politics isn’t what I usually write about. To me politics and preferred policy options are consequences of how you see the world and the road you want to take. It’s something personal but can be a fun topic to talk about with all the different perspectives. To me it’s a valid option to say you don’t want

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2016-06-25 18:38   Click to comment

Real Sceptic: Devastating Reply To Richard Tol’s Nonsensus In Peer-Reviewed Journal

It’s not often that I’ll go the “I told you so route”, but this time it seems appropriate towards Richard Tol. Though maybe also a thank you might be in order with how decisive scientists rebutted Tol’s nonsensus. But before I go into that, a bit of context is needed.

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2016-04-13 04:46   Click to comment

Real Sceptic: How to hide most of China’s coal consumption

Last week a co-worker pointed me towards the Twitter account of Dutch research journalist Marcel Crok. His concern was mostly with some recent factually incorrect tweets on this account. But as I started to browse through his time-line another tweet grabbed my attention. The tweet has since been running through my mind. Not because it is a particularly good tweet, or that it makes a good…

2015-10-14 17:54   Click to comment

Real Sceptic: Willie Soon’s Deliverables

The release of documents that showed Willie Soon receiving funding from vested interests has created quite a lot of chatter on the internet and in the media. The initial article in the New York Times Deeper Ties to Corporate Cash for Doubtful Climate Researcher that broke this story is in my opinion quite good.

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2015-10-07 14:44   Click to comment

Real Sceptic: Scientists Respond To Tol’s Misrepresentation Of Their Consensus Research

To quote John Reisman, “Science is not a democracy. It is a dictatorship. It is evidence that does the dictating.” It’s this evidence based ‘dictatorship’ that is the basis for a scientific consensus. Based on this ‘dictatorship’ of evidence we know that global warming is real, we're causing it, and that it’s a problem if we don't act. This presents a real problem for those…

2015-09-21 17:12   Click to comment

Real Sceptic: Introducing The New Real Skeptic

Almost four years ago the first design for Real Skeptic was launched, this was on the 30th of November, 2011. A no-frills design, which made it a tad restrictive in what was possible with it. The second incarnation of this design, which was intended to fix some of these limitations, was launched on the 6th of March, 2013.

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2015-08-23 13:48   Click to comment

Real Sceptic: Science Deniers Again Try To Discredit John Cook And Skeptical Science

Science deniers never cease to amaze me with the tactics they use to discredit research and people. So they cannot win the debate on the science as it’s not on their side. This causes al kinds of interesting mental processes and conspiratorial thinking to deal with this disconnect from reality. Research by Smith and Leiserowitz shows

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2015-07-25 12:49   Click to comment

Real Sceptic: Monckton’s Fundamentally Flawed Simple Climate Model

Guest article written by Rose Andreatta. By the time a team of five climate experts finished responding to the serious errors in a paper led by climate contrarian Christopher Monckton, they had more than a quick critique on their hands. In fact, the team—made up of Mark Richardson, Zeke Hausfather, Dana Nuccitelli, Ken Rice and

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2015-06-02 16:29   Click to comment

Real Sceptic: Monckton’s Fundamentally Flawed Simple Climate Model

Guest article written by Rose Andreatta. By the time a team of five climate experts finished responding to the serious errors in a paper led by climate contrarian Christopher Monckton, they had more than a quick critique on their hands. In fact, the team—made up of Mark Richardson, Zeke Hausfather, Dana Nuccitelli, Ken Rice and

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2015-06-02 07:05   Click to comment

Real Sceptic: Monckton’s Fundamentally Flawed Simple Climate Model

Guest article written by Rose Andreatta. By the time a team of five climate experts finished responding to the serious errors in a paper led by climate contrarian Christopher Monckton, they had more than a quick critique on their hands. In fact, the team—made up of Mark Richardson, Zeke Hausfather, Dana Nuccitelli, Ken Rice and

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2015-05-23 07:05   Click to comment

Real Sceptic: How Do Scientists Know That?

Guest article written by Holly Vesco. We’ve all heard the question, and perhaps even asked it ourselves, “Just how do scientists know that?” The question is innocent enough, but all too often it’s asked with a sense of distrust and even with a touch of condescension. Honestly, with or without the skepticism, it’s a question

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2015-04-20 18:19   Click to comment

Real Sceptic: Thank You My Patreon Patrons

Producing my videos and writing my articles is often time-consuming and can be very costly. Just interviewing scientists at the AGU Fall Meeting can cost thousands of dollars to hire someone from the San Francisco Film Union (without it I’m not allowed to film). Each year I also spend over a thousand Euro on software licenses, equipment, and

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2015-04-13 17:34   Click to comment

Real Sceptic: The Rise Of Skeptical Science

Everyone at Skeptical Science spends a lot of their time reading the scientific literature and listening to experts. Without that we wouldn’t be able to write all the material that’s published on Skeptical Science. It’s a lot of work, especially when you do this with a critical eye. Our goal, after all, is to ensure that

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2015-04-13 17:12   Click to comment

Real Sceptic: Answering A Vermont High School Student Worried About Climate Change

Guest article written by Brian Ettling. In March 2015, a freshman high school student from Vermont named Robin wanted me to answer questions for her school science class climate change project. She asked to interview me because of my experience as a park ranger seeing climate change while working at Crater Lake National Park over the

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2015-04-09 17:22   Click to comment

Real Sceptic: Using The Tactics Of The Merchants Of Doubt To Combat Science Denial

Scientists are sceptical and questioning by their very nature. They love to poke and prod everything to see if it withstands scrutiny. So when scientists agree this is a sign that a question was investigated thoroughly and based on the evidence scientists then have an answer they can agree on. This makes a scientific consensus

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2015-04-06 16:53   Click to comment

Real Sceptic: Scepticism And Pseudo-Scepticism

Tackling what scepticism is and explaining how to recognize pseudo-scepticism is one of the main driving forces for articles on Real Sceptic. A lot of the misinformation and incorrect scientific claims you’ll see originate from pseudo-sceptics, and knowing how to recognize them and their unsupported claims is important. Without the proper tools you’re vulnerable to the misinformation…

2015-03-23 16:23   Click to comment

Real Sceptic: New Series: Why We Became Scientists

Working with scientists for over a decade has taught me one thing: they are an interesting and varied bunch. Fiercely dedicated to their chosen career, love what they do, very enthusiastic when given half a chance to talk about their research, and very inquisitive. They perk up when somewhere a scientist says “huh, that’s funny.” After all,

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2015-03-16 15:18   Click to comment

Real Sceptic: Judith Curry: What Is Skepticism, Anyway?

For a while now I’ve been really busy with different projects so it took me some time to finally respond to Judith Curry’s blog post. She wrote a response to my Skeptical Science article The Skepticism In Skeptical Science that I published in June of last year. I wrote that Skeptical Science article as there’s a

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2015-02-25 12:57   Click to comment

Real Sceptic: Another Scientific Consensus Conspiracy

The biggest threat to the denial of any scientific fact is evidence showing that there is a scientific consensus. Scientists are sceptical and questioning by their very nature. They love to poke and prod everything to see if it withstands scrutiny. When scientists agree this is a sign that some serious prodding has ensued and

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2015-02-22 13:56   Click to comment

Real Sceptic: Making Sense of Climate Science Denial

That climate change is real and that we’re causing it is the conclusion scientists have come to based on the evidence. The very same evidence is what makes scientists also very concerned about what the consequences will be if we continue adding greenhouse gasses to our planet’s atmosphere. If up to 97% of scientists agree on

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2015-02-21 09:15   Click to comment

Real Sceptic: Communicating Climate Change: Sometimes It’s Not about the Science

Guest article written by Scott Mandia. Back in January, my wife engaged a climate science doubter on Facebook. Should you consider a similar engagement, consider this: nobody doubts scientists when it comes to gravity or that the Earth revolves around the sun. These theories/laws do not pose a threat so they are widely accepted. Climate

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2015-02-19 17:16   Click to comment

Real Sceptic: New Series: Science Communicators – Why We Love Communicating Science

Technology and the science it’s based on are everywhere in our society. Understanding science is crucial for navigating yourself through our society and taking part in the political process. Without this we can’t make sound decisions on what we as a society want to do. It doesn’t mean that someone has to be completely versed

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2015-02-16 17:18   Click to comment

Real Sceptic: Richard Muller – I Was Wrong On Global Warming, But It Didn’t Convince The ‘Sceptics’

A couple of years ago Richard Muller entered the public debate on global warming. Making some very strange claims about the current temperature records and some extremely harsh accusations towards climate researchers. This of course made him a hero among climate science deniers. He started the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project to double-check the existing temperature

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2015-02-09 17:17   Click to comment

Real Sceptic: Climate Change – The Elevator Pitch

When John Cook, Peter Sinclair and I were interviewing scientist at the AGU 2014 Fall Meeting John Cook asked them one last brilliant question: Ok, you’re getting on an elevator with someone, and they say, ‘So you’re a climate scientist, what’s all this about climate change and global warming?’  You’ve got 10 floors. Go. We got an interesting range of

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2015-02-07 17:16   Click to comment

Real Sceptic: New Series: AGU 2014 Tidbits – Anecdotes And Stories From The Front Lines Of Science

During the AGU 2014 Fall Meeting John Cook, Peter Sinclair, and I interviewed a stellar list of scientists. Everyone brought their A game which gave us some incredible footage. At the end of the conference I returned home with about 36 hours of footage. I’m already working on editing all that into videos that I can

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2015-02-06 19:21   Click to comment


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