Eli Rabett is working his way through Taken By Storm. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this work, it’s a global warming denial book which contains some spectacularly Bad Physics, with the authors claiming that average temperature has no physical meaning. Anyway, Rabett is reading chapter two, and finds he needs to create a EssexMcKitrictionary. Here’s an extract:
Doctrine of Certainty – the idea that anyone besides Essex (and maybe McKitrick) can know anything. Obviously false. Often called “The Doctrine” includes items that are “manifestly false or the claim to know it is false”. The first tenent is that “The earth is warming”. Well yeah, guys, it is.
The Convection of Certainty – a gathering storm whereby people who study something and are experts come to a consensus. Obviously they are not as smart as Chris Essex (and maybe Ross McKitrick)
Official Science – The Convection of Certainty as conveyed to the public and policy makers by those ignorant experts who claim to know more than Chris Essex (and maybe Ross McKitrick) about climate.
There’s more, but you don’t really get the full idea of EssexMcKitrish without their figure 2.2, shown below.
If you are wondering about arrow E, it represents “regular scientists dropping out of the whole debate. Despite what the Big Panel and Official Science claim, the majority of regular scientists in the world want nothing to do with this debate anymore.” So there you go.