This flows in perfectly with the Warmist notion that debate is great, and they’re willing to debate anyone anytime anywhere, but when challenged disappear and refuse.
Comments can be bad for science. That’s why, here at PopularScience.com, we’re shutting them off.
It wasn’t a decision we made lightly. As the news arm of a 141-year-old science and technology magazine, we are as committed to fostering lively, intellectual debate as we are to spreading the word of science far and wide. The problem is when trolls and spambots overwhelm the former, diminishing our ability to do the latter.
I guess they haven’t heard of using methods like Bad Behavior, Akismet, Disqus, and others systems. They aren’t perfect, but certainly cut down quite a bit.
A politically motivated, decades-long war on expertise has eroded the popular consensus on a wide variety of scientifically validated topics. Everything, from evolution to the origins of climate change, is mistakenly up for grabs again. Scientific certainty is just another thing for two people to “debate” on television. And because comments sections tend to be a grotesque reflection of the media culture surrounding them, the cynical work of undermining bedrock scientific doctrine is now being done beneath our own stories, within a website devoted to championing science.
Science like this, where the 1930′s data was changed to be cooler?
The article cited is a NY Times whine-fest about people not buying into “climate change”, ie, people who use lots of fossil fuels and air conditioning blaming Other People for Bad Weather caused by using fossil fuels and air conditioning. Seriously, who would want to discuss the reality of the science of “climate change” when we find out the Himalayan glacier report in the 2007 IPCC AR4 was based on a speculative comment in an email?
(Vox Popoli) Comments aren’t bad for science. Comments are bad for those who are stubbornly clinging to outdated scientific paradigms that are showing obvious cracks.
There are many Warmist websites I’m blocked from commenting at. Same with other Climate Realists like Steven Goddard, Tom Nelson, Anthony Watts, etc. Because Warmists do not want debate: they want people to sit down, shut up, and smile as Government becomes more intrusive and controlling. All based on a lie and junk science.