“But My Guru”

Because mine is stronger than yours.

Examples

[ANATOLY] Svante Arrhenius, the Swedish Social Democrat who created the world’s first climate model in the 1890s, was also an enthusiastic eugenicist.

[FRIENDS] [Svante’s] paper makes difficult reading because of the numerous uncertainties involved and the lack of scientific resources that we today would consider normal. But one can conclude that he lowered his estimates of maximum warming by several degrees.

[NEASDEN] Arrhenius said it would be a good thing but it hasn’t happened anyway.

[PATRICK] Arrhenius was not an alarmist. He saw the benefits of more CO2.

Objections and Replies

(Dick)

(Freeman) Freeman never denied climate change was a problem, only—
Reply. Of course he did.

(Greatest) My guru is one of the greatest physicists of the modern era—
Reply. Skepticism does not cohere with hero glorification.

(Right)—

(Smear) My favorite guru is is the target of a smear blog—
Reply. If everything is documented, true, and relevant, fine with me.

(That guru also said)—

Notes

{Ad Homs Can be OK} Appeals to authority can be shot down fair and square by undermining credentials, background, funding, deeds, connections, etc.

{Better Contrarians} We need better contrarian models. Here are mine.

{Dick} Often named for moralizing sake. Moralism sucks.

{Eunice} Eunice Foote was the first scientist to publish a paper connecting CO2 and temperatures. Father figures are first and foremost figures.

{Galileo} The Galileo Gambit is so common I dedicate a page to it.

{Gurus} Many gurus appear in my Index of Equivalents. Do your own opposition research. Better, keep your eye on the ball.

{Symmetry} Shout outs to gurus seldom sound cool.

{Toy} Svante is my toy example because he’s the father figure of global warming and because there are too many authorities to cite. He also happened to entertain dubious ideas. There are no heroes anymore.

{We Are Science} Only the collective endeavor matters.

Further Readings

2018-09. We Are Science.

2019-11. Contrarian Models.

2017*. #NoHeroes

2015-08. Was Einstein the First to Invent E = mc2?