June 01, 2004

The Poor Man Provides a Valuable Public Service

The Poor Man provides some totally conclusive arguments that global warming does not exist:

TCS - Where Scientific Ignorance Meets Industry Lobbying: When so-called scientists say that the Earth's average temperature is rising, it might be time to bring a few facts into the discussion. For example: temperature is not a thermodynamic variable that lends itself to statistical analysis, nor does it measure a physical quantity. Additionally, there is no such thing as an "average", and, if the Buddha is correct, the Earth itself is nothing but an illusion meant to trap us in a world of suffering. How can scientists study something which may not even exist? Why do they so blithely dismiss this ancient wisdom believed by billions throughout the centuries? Is it because the Buddha wasn't white?

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If they want to say that there is no such thing as "global temperature" what would they say to the notion that the average temperature of the observable universe is 3 degrees K? What am I missing?

Posted by: Alan on June 1, 2004 03:04 PM


I think that Lambert, via Chris Mooney has already kicked the holy living shit out of this nonsense. What in the wprld possessed you to put these ravings up here?

Posted by: SW on June 1, 2004 03:32 PM


It's a parody folks. Even the URL has "parody" in it. Pay attention and keep your knees from jerking.

Posted by: NewMexiKen on June 1, 2004 03:51 PM


NewMexiKen, you beat me to it. I didn't notice the 'parody' in the URL, but when I got to point 5, "Movies are dumb" (which introduces the supporting evidence that Middle Earth does not exist), I figured that even if the guy were dense enough to propound the rest of the article, he *had* to be joking on that one.

Posted by: cyclopatra on June 1, 2004 03:55 PM


Alan writes:

"If they want to say that there is no such thing as 'global temperature' what would they say to the notion that the average temperature of the observable universe is 3 degrees K? What am I missing?"

Wind chill.

Posted by: alkali on June 1, 2004 04:56 PM


Indeed! I would say oops except that the beginning of the paragraph is I think from McKitrick. Having followed the orginal argument, the first two sentences were enough to induce vomiting. My apologies for not having a strong enough stomach to finish the post. Of course good parody often starts by copying an intro. But if you followed the original argument I defy you to read the opening without stimulating the gag reflex. Now viewers of the original site may have expected the parody. and to be sure, I guess Bradley deserves the benefit of the doubt. Here is the opening of Lambert's post if you are interested in the original argument.

"Last week I wrote about Paul Georgia’s review of Essex and McKitrick’s Taken by Storm. Based on their book, Georgia made multiple incorrect statements about the physics of temperature. Of course, it might have just been that Georgia misunderstood their book. Fortunately Essex and McKitrick have a briefing on their book, and while Georgia mangles the physics even worse than them, they do indeed claim that there is no physical basis to average temperature. They present two graphs of temperature trends that purport to show that you can get either a cooling trend or a warming trend depending on how you compute the average. McKitrick recently was in the news for publishing a controversial paper that claimed that an audit of the commonly accepted reconstruction of temperatures over the past 1000 years was incorrect, so it only seems fair to audit Essex and McKitrick’s graphs. As we will see, both of their graphs are wrong, and their results go away when the errors are corrected.

In their briefing, Essex and McKitrick claim that physics provides no basis for defining average temperature and:
“In the absence of physical guidance, any rule for averaging temperature is as good as any other. The folks who do the averaging happen to use the arithmetic mean over the field with specific sets of weights, rather than, say, the geometric mean or any other. But this is mere convention.”

Posted by: SW on June 1, 2004 05:08 PM


It's not wise to try to parody wingers. You risk ending up with new, disturbing friends that are hard to safely and tactfully get rid of.

Posted by: Zizka on June 1, 2004 05:38 PM


I can't believe anyone would use a geometric mean for temperature. The idea just boggles the mind, because geometric means are for multiplicative quantities, and when was the last time you multplied two temperatures?


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