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Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) was the greatest economist of my time. His greatest works can be accessed here at no charge.

Mises believed that property, freedom and peace are and should be the hallmarks of a satisfying and prosperous society. I agree. Mises proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the prospect for general and individual prosperity is maximized, indeed, is only possible, if the principle of private property reigns supreme. What's yours is yours. What's mine is mine. When the line between yours and mine is smudged, the door to conflict opens. Without freedom (individual liberty of action) the principle of private property is neutered and the free market, which is the child of property and freedom and the mother of prosperity and satisfaction, cannot exist. Peace is the goal of a prosperous and satisfying society of free individuals, not peace which is purchased by submission to the enemies of property and freedom, but peace which results from the unyielding defense of these principles against all who challenge them.

In this blog I measure American society against the metrics of property, freedom and peace.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

This Is Why I'm Not A Scientist...

William M. Briggs is "a meteorology-trained statistician and former associate editor of the Monthly Weather Review." 

That description is at the bottom of this article: SOON AND BRIGGS: Global-warming fanatics take note, Sunspots do impact climate."

Briggs has an interesting website where I found the article referenced. Briggs was all the rage back in April when Bill Whittle made the video below claiming Briggs had posted the "Greatest sentence ever written" on his website.

Briggs regularly debunks statistical errors and claims. I recommend his website highly. I regard him as a scientist with integrity, a truly open mind and a love of truth. Consider this bit of Briggs' wisdom:
When and if a theory describes reality without error it is no longer a theory but truth. If a theory does not describe reality perfectly, then it is not true. To love a theory over truth is the mark of madness. Or of Enlightenment. Or, nowadays often, of tenure.
But I digress. Here is why I'm not a scientist.

In his sunspots article, Briggs reproduces the following graph with the following description:

"Consider the accompanying chart. It shows some rather surprising relationships between solar radiation and daytime high temperatures taken directly from Berkeley’s BEST project. The remarkable nature of these series is that these tight relationships can be shown to hold from areas as large as the United States."

The graph shows almost an exact correlation between solar radiation and daytime high temperatures.

What? Am I wrong or is this graph simply an illustration of the obvious, i.e., it gets hotter when the sun's out?

God bless Briggs for being a scientist and being interested in and writing about the apparently obvious. I couldn't do it.

The worst part is the global warming "scientists" Briggs is criticizing don't see and don't believe in what's obvious to the rest of us.

How does Briggs maintain his cool, scientific detachment in the face of such idiocy? 

Do you think the global warming "scientists" will change their mind after Briggs took the time to spell the truth out for them in words and a picture?

My bet is "no," because of the truth contained in Briggs' greatest sentence ever written:

The love of theory is the root of all evil.


LD Jackson said...

Not only do they ignore the obvious truth, they also go out of their way to manufacture "evidence" to support their own crazy theory that we can affect the cyclic nature of the Earth's climate. They are looking for fire where there is no smoke.

Sherman Broder said...

So true. All in an effort to gain an excuse for government action.

Jim at Conservatives on Fire said...

In my day a scientist was ddescribed as a skeptic in search of truth. It seems that many of today's scientist have lost their skepticism..

Sherman Broder said...

So right. They are agenda driven.