NOTE: as of today this Post is up at Climate Etc, the well known Lukewarmer blog of atmospheric scientist Judith Curry: NOTE: as of 3rd June this Post is up at Climate Etc, the well known Lukewarmer blog of atmospheric scientist Judith Curry: http://judithcurry.com/2015/07/03/a-key-admission-regarding-climate-memes/
The version as posted here has a very short extra section (5), which refers to Appendices tacked onto the end that aren’t at the Climate Etc version, one of which explores Ben Pile’s position on the L2015 and pause memes.
At the beginning of May, psychologist Stephan Lewandowsky brought out a new paper continuing his theme of highly eccentric challenges to climate skeptics and skeptical positions. Previous works include ‘Moon hoax’ and the (later withdrawn) ‘Recursive Fury’, dismantled here, here, and here. Naomi Oreskes is one of the co-authors of the new paper (L2015), which focuses upon the social psychology surrounding the concept of ‘The Pause’ in Global Warming. L2015 claims that a ‘seepage’ of contrarian / skeptical / denialist ‘pause’ memes into the scientific process has introduced unwarranted uncertainty, and even that the physical phenomena of the pause does not actually exist.
However despite being highly implausible, L2015 contains a profound admission which is critical to the climate debate. This post explores that admission and also the interesting role of ‘pause’ memes. Continue reading
My Sci-Fi / Cli-Fi novelette ‘Truth’ is now available at the Smashwords book publishing portal. Find it here: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/273983
The book remains free at this portal. However, normal publishing protections apply, so formats of ‘Truth’ loaded from Smashwords are not freely distributable under Creative Commons. If you want to distribute the work yourself (e.g. emailing the actual text or placing it direct on your website), you must use the pdf format available on the sidebar of this blog, which *is* distributable under Creative Commons (you can click on the CC License link inside the pdf to view the full conditions).
Well this Post is very belated as I’ve just returned from 2 weeks travel, on which I didn’t have sufficient time or access to do an update. But for anyone who hasn’t caught it yet, over the Christmas holiday my story ‘Truth’ was featured in the Cli-Fi (Climate Fiction) summary at Judith Curry’s blog ‘Climate Etc.’
The link is here: http://judithcurry.com/2012/12/23/cli-fi/
Anthony Watts kindly put up my post concerning ‘Truth’, which has a little background on how I came to write it and more detail than the post below. The blog stats tell me there’s about 600 views and 140 downloads of the story from WUWT references so far, pretty good going for around 22 hours. Plus a few welcome visitors here, as you may see below 🙂
- Front Cover for Free SF Story ‘Truth’
The Science Fiction novelette ‘Truth’ will no doubt be challenging and controversial to many. It draws aside veils to luridly portray social memeplexes, and particulary the social phenomena fuelled by the concept known as ‘CAGW’ in the climate science and media spheres – ‘Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming’, or man-made Climate Change.
My intent with this work was to offer an enjoyable means to make folks stop and think, to prompt questions, to counter the inappropriate yet massive narrative weight of ‘certainty’ surrounding CAGW, and to make visisble the social engine driving this and other similar ‘certainties’. The story isn’t all philosophy though and there’s plenty of action too 🙂 . For those already clued into the climatosphere, mention of climate change issues appears only slowly, but fear not a lot comes later, and for confirmed sceptics please do not baulk at the first mention of the word ‘denier’, the context will become clear.
Today saw the launch of a major project by my co-author Ian Watson and I, a three novel modern / medieval tecno-thriller ‘The Waters of Destiny’, of which we are very proud 🙂 . All three books are available simultaneously: ‘Assassins’ , ‘Tongue of Knowledge’, and ‘Death Overflows’. Angus Donald , bestselling author of The Outlaw Chronicles, has this to say about book One:
“Fluidly written, with finely drawn characters and spot-on historical research, Assassins (Book 1 of The Waters of Destiny) is a tightly plotted international thriller that flips effortlessly between the 12th and 21st centuries to tell a gripping tale of ancient hatreds and modern-day nightmares. Starring a murderous sect of medieval Muslims – that may just have survived into our own age – a Christian fundamentalist US Government agent hot on their trail, and a sexy Canadian history professor looking for love in all the wrong places, Assassins packs in conspiracy, action, romance and clock-ticking suspense into one thoroughly enjoyable Dan Brown-style yarn. Highly recommended.”
The short story ‘Impasse’ was originally published in the anthology ‘disLocations’ from NewCon Press, which also featured stories from Ken Macleod, Brian Stableford, Pat Cadigan, Hal Duncan and others. Considering this august company I was very pleased when Amazon reviewer Kevin M Knight said: “I enjoyed this story the most. If pressed for a favourite, I would choose this, mainly because I liked the contrasting thought processes of alien cultures as a demigod-like being went mad…”