'People don't want science, they want certainty,' according to Bertrand Russell
. . . in which the author takes issue with some criticisms of the Bureau's forecasting of Tropical Cyclone Marcia, not perfect but better than painted.
Around the word ‘science’, people called ‘scientists’ have practised what in sociology is called ‘closure’: science has become a form of territory, and strangers are warned off.
Batteries won't solve the problems of intermittent forms of energy because there is not enough surplus energy left over after construction of the generators and the storage system to power our present civilization.
What comes out of it, to me, is that real loss that science and research are suffering as a consequence of forgetting that science is about scepticism, not consensus.
Cyclone Marica was not a category 5 cyclone and the Bureau of Meteorology needs to be investigated for the distress it caused millions of Queenslanders.
Although agricultural R&D spending and human resource capacity has grown considerably in the region since 2000, it was concentrated in only a few African countries.
If Australia can find a way to successfully embrace these seven critical reforms, then it may be lucky enough to save its agricultural future before technological obsolescence snuffs it out.
Even Asimov, arguably the best popular writer on science ever, incredibly prolific (he seems to have written around 500 books), and genuinely knowledgeable, did not predict the changes in human society.
It is starting to sink in that the world's heavy reliance on fossil fuels will only end once the alternatives become a lot cheaper and that this requires a much bigger research and development effort.
At any rate, more than half of R & D expenditure in Australia seems to come from business.
How much science does Australia produce for the amount of money it spends; what is the quality of its science and what makes for high quality anyway?