Required Reading from Matt Ridley (Update)

An essay on Scientific Heresy by Matt Ridley on Bishop Hills Blog.

Ridley concludes:

In conclusion, I’ve spent a lot of time on climate, but it could have been dietary fat, or nature and nurture. My argument is that like religion, science as an institution is and always has been plagued by the temptations of confirmation bias. With alarming ease it morphs into pseudoscience even – perhaps especially – in the hands of elite experts and especially when predicting the future and when there’s lavish funding at stake. It needs heretics.

H/T to Anthony Watts for the link to this most interesting essay on confirmation bias.

Update (11-02-11,09:35) HERE is a PDF of Ridley’s presentation with the graphics included. Please share this with your family, friends and associates at your social clubs.

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About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

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