Posts Tagged ‘Kari Mullis’


Ted Talks just recently posted a 2002 talk by Biochemist Kary Mullis: Celebrating the scientific experiment.

“Biochemist Kary Mullis talks about the basis of modern science: the experiment. Sharing tales from the 17th century and from his own backyard-rocketry days, Mullis celebrates the curiosity, inspiration and rigor of good science in all its forms.”

Unfortunately Mullis illustrates the truth of his excellent advice by completely ignoring it and instead spouts a bunch of utter nonsense about climate science.

Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

We start with a 20 minute talk about the history of science and what makes for good science that is folksy, engaging and quite enjoyable.

As an anchor for the talk he uses the book Leviathan and the Air-Pump to emphasize the importance of verifiable evidence over received wisdom.

He then launches into a 10 minute anti-climate science polemic in which he ignores everything that he had just said. A predictable result is that what he concludes is utterly foolish.

There is nothing particularly interesting about being hopelessly wrong about climate change. Two minutes with a search engine shows that it is common enough. (more…)

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