Mindless reporting in the NYT Magazine

Jerome J. Schmitt
This sentence from James Traub's New York Times Magazine essay demonstrates a complete lack of knowledge on the part of the reporter and the editors:
"Gore was telling me about Ilya Prigogine, a Belgian chemist who won a Nobel Prize in 1977 for his insights into the thermodynamics of open systems, an intriguing subject that has very little to do with global warming."
In fact, climate modeling is a premier example of the thermodynamics of open systems.  This is like saying: "US History is an intriguing subject that has nothing to do with Civil War studies."

No wonder so much foolishness is passed of as scientific fact in the mainstream press. 

This sentence from James Traub's New York Times Magazine essay demonstrates a complete lack of knowledge on the part of the reporter and the editors:
"Gore was telling me about Ilya Prigogine, a Belgian chemist who won a Nobel Prize in 1977 for his insights into the thermodynamics of open systems, an intriguing subject that has very little to do with global warming."
In fact, climate modeling is a premier example of the thermodynamics of open systems.  This is like saying: "US History is an intriguing subject that has nothing to do with Civil War studies."

No wonder so much foolishness is passed of as scientific fact in the mainstream press.