Bespoke science on the rise

A flurry of recent publication activity on the health impacts of carbon dioxide by the catastrophic climate change community is evidence that it has now moved beyond post-normal science.  That was the philosophical answer to traditional science founded on rational hypotheses, reproducible experimentation, and impartial confirmation of results.  Post-normal science was to be the answer to really difficult research problems; it would apply in cases where "facts are uncertain, values in dispute, stakes high and decisions urgent," according to its advocates Funtowicz and Ravetz, 1991.  These same attributes accurately describe the status of climate research.  Loosening the traditional standards of acceptable proof to include some postulating and science conclusions based on consensus and opinion would expand the universe of available answers desperately desired by governing bureaucrats and environmental activists. Financial linkages between EPA-funded...(Read Full Post)