Wednesday, March 05, 2008

We've got an improvement over "science by Internet polling"!!!

Previously, I reported on the innovation of "science by Internet polling".

Following on the heels of this breakthrough, the energy-company-funded Heartland Institute's little dog'n'pony show in New York shows how science is properly done:
While climate conferences can be tense and a bit gloomy at times, the organizers of the Heartland gathering tried to keep things light, hosting a comedian who mocked Gore and screening films with titles such as "Apocalypse No!" and "An Inconvenient Truth or Convenient Fiction?"
Damn, I wish we had comedians at the AAAS and Society for Neuroscience symposia. Hell, with that kind of an approach, we might well have licked cold fusion by now....

Better humour might be had outside the forum, though:
Several climate scientists and environmental advocates poked fun at the meeting. Frank O'Donnell, who heads the watchdog group Clean Air Watch, said the conference "looks like the climate equivalent of Custer's last stand. They seem to have tried to find every last skeptic on Earth and put them in one hotel off Broadway."
One can only hope they didn't bother to check the bedsheets. ;-)


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