Science Heresy

November 2010

What Does Climategate Say About Science?

Karl Popper was not the only philosopher to comment on Science. He was concerned with how valid science could be distinguished from pseudo-science. Kuhn, Feyerabend and Lakatos (left) have also had something to say about how science actually works (or fails to work) in practice.

Terence Kealey, author of The Economic Laws of Scientific Research (MacMillan 1996) takes a look at what the Climategate emails tell us about government funded science in the present era. Has anything really changed since Bacon's time? Is science really a public good?

What Does Climategate Say About Science?

SETI - The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

For nearly 50 years now this program has been listening for radio signals from space which could indicate the existence of developed civilizations elsewhere in the Universe.

Is this a reasonable thing to do? Could there be other, smarter ways to search for extraterrestrial life?


Why is lightning jagged?

We propose that it is the existence of low energy cosmic ray tracks which allows electric currents to traverse the highly insulating atmosphere.

As the arc jumps from track to track it gives lightning its characteristically jagged appearance.

Why is lightning jagged?

Is the brain a machine?

We propose that perception and intelligence are both stochastic (i.e. satistically based) processes, unlike computer chips which, like all machines, are designed to give repeatable results.

Machines are deterministic - brains are not.

Is the brain a machine?.