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Global Warming – a classic Copernicus Battle of Paradigms?

The Global Warming issue is certainly a battle of two paradigms.  One paradigm must be more accurate, and the other more flawed.  Each side claims that scientists are being unethically pressured.  Which one is suffering from the proven paradigm impact on scientific research?  No matter which way you’re leaning in the “global warming” and “greenhouse gases” issues, it is critical that you read Dr. Ball’s article which I’ve included below. From one of the world’s greatest and most authoritative Climatologists, it is one of the best overall summary evaluations that I have read of the “global warming crisis”.

When Copernicus presented scientific evidence that defied the earth-is-the-center-of-the-universe “fact”, the popular cultural paradigm was stronger than the real scientific data:  everyone had been taught the “scientific facts” in school and in the media, so they already “knew” that Copernicus was wrong.  So because he dared to present the truth, he was severely mistreated. 

In his classic and famous book “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions”, Thomas Kuhn revealed how the mental paradigm of researchers and scientists is very powerful in determining experimental results, dramatically influencing the outcome of “objective” research.  In fact, the further the data is from what they “expect” to see, the more likely that they will completely throw out disagreeing portions of the data as “flyers”, or “errors”.   Once they throw out that data and publish the remains, their readers assume that the data is complete and conclusive – but it’s not. This is part of what has created and sustained the present global-warming paradigm.

But in the case of the UN’s “final” original IPCC signed report, another element was introduced into the published version.  Those with control over the publishing of the final report have been accused of deliberately altering the approved content… for political reasons.  A number of the original scientific scientists and reviewers claim that a handful of elite IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) members unethically altered the report into its’ “final” version, after the original final version had been signed, apparently in order to falsely represent as scientific fact that global warming is a real and severe problem that is largely caused by mankind.  When the “signed” IPCC report was presented as if the signers agreed to the published version, it created a strong international paradigm that has been functioning internationally to help ignore, renounce, discredit, villify, muzzle or minimize the voices of many of the world’s top scientists who are trying to present the actual data…  including much fuller scientific evidence which didn’t exist 10 years ago.   This paradigm is so strong that even reasonable, fairly logical people are dismissing the credibility of any scientist (or individual) that doesn’t agree with the global-warming conclusions, without fair or reasonable consideration of their credentials, their evidence, or their logic. 

In a recent response to my earlier posting, Inel stated that the IPCC “has the greatest credibility worldwide”.  But that credibility is based on a false consensus created with incomplete and censored scientific data, and it’s being used as a dramatic excuse to manipulate and control the political arena, and citizens, worldwide.  As Dr. Ball states below, “consensus is not a scientific fact”.   Nor does consensus create facts which are “unequivocal”.  

Unfortunately, even if they are permitted/priviledged to read it, most people are not equipped to measure the validity of Dr. Ball’s observations and perspective.  But in my primary field of expertise – manufacturing welding engineering – I have to endlessly battle the giants of wrong “facts” that “everyone knows” about welding processes.  I’ve encountered widely recognized national and international welding technology companies and consultants who were firmly wrong, and their opinions would have cost my employer hundreds of thousands, or millions of dollars, if I hadn’t persisted in excellence to produce the best, most profitable results.  In the end, those results have always proven that I’m right… but the paradigm battles can be intense. 

My point here is that I can clearly see Dr. Ball’s position and character in what he writes about his lifelong area of expertise: I recognize the absolute certainty that grows out of a solid blend of seasoned expertise, logic, professionalism, and persistance in the face of great opposition.  Whether he wins or loses isn’t the point – he’s fighting for the truth, because it’s in the best interests of the vast majority, and because he feels a deep professional responsibility to advance factual knowledge in his area of expertise.
Here’s the link, followed by his opening paragraph:

Global Warming: The Cold, Hard Facts?

By Timothy Ball

Monday, February 5, 2007

Global Warming, as we think we know it, doesn’t exist. And I am not the only one trying to make people open up their eyes and see the truth. But few listen, despite the fact that I was the first Canadian Ph.D. in Climatology and I have an extensive background in climatology, especially the reconstruction of past climates and the impact of climate change on human history and the human condition. Few listen, even though I have a Ph.D, (Doctor of Science) from the University of London, England and was a climatology professor at the University of Winnipeg. For some reason (actually for many), the World is not listening. Here is why… ”

Dr. Tim Ball, Chairman of the Natural Resources Stewardship Project (, is a Victoria-based environmental consultant and former climatology professor at the University of Winnipeg.

Brian Dobben is a Mechanical and Welding Engineer with a proven track record of accurate detailed analysis, and bucking international experts to produce 80% improvements in the “best” benchmark welding performance standards.


February 23, 2008 - Posted by | Environment, Environmental Issues, Fraud Alert, Global Warming

1 Comment »

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