Judith Curry Explains "The Republic of Science"

06/12/20161 Comment

Dr. Judith Curry is a climatologist and former chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology who went from the "high priestess of global warming" to a "climate heretic" after realizing she had been duped by the IPCC. Today she joins us to talk about her recent breakdown of Michael Polanyi's 1962 article "The Republic of Science." Topics discussed include the science/policy nexus, the breakdown of the old norms of scientific research, and how the internet is helping to revolutionize science.

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Dr. Curry Testimony to the US Senate December 2015

The Republic of Science (Polanyi article)

The Republic of Science (analysis at JudithCurry.com)

Science on the Verge

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  1. ktrammel says:

    If I may, I’d just like to add to this conversation that Physics, in my experience as a student of physics at Purdue and at Lawrence Universities, and through years of independent study, is as political as medicine or climatology. Perhaps it’s just not as apparent because it is so esoteric.

    There are numerous theories outside the established orthodoxy which would greatly impact the economics that are based on a standard model of physical reality, but which are more authentic than existing theories. Jagadish Chandra Bose, Tom Bearden, Myron Evans, and many others, have all offered new insights on physics that have been disregarded because they clash with the standard accepted model of physical reality. However, they have produced results and especially in Bose’s and Evans’s (and in the case of many individuals Tom Bearden speaks of), the math is more sound than what is now accepted. Though we owe to him the idea of Alternating Current as a source of power, Tesla’s other ideas have been abandoned because they don’t lend themselves to a hierarchy of knowledge management. He’s never been credited with the invention of radio, as it appears he should have been. This may have been part of the effort to expunge him from public awareness because of the danger his ideas posed to the economic order.

    Ben Davidson, of suspicious0bservers, often encounters the scathing contempt of the orthodoxy of physics with regard to the sun-earth electromagnetic system, Star Water, and the Electric Universe Hypothesis. Of course, his ideas bridge the islands of Climatology, Geology, and Physics, so he gets the best of political discord from all those areas.

    Maxwell’s original equations of electromagnetism were discarded (by Heaviside) in favor of the current system because they were too complex to use for engineering purposes. This resulted in a loss of insight as to the actual nature of electricity. Attempts to restore those insights (Tom Bearden is the alpha advocate on that) are disregarded by the main stream because they would require the revision of all text books, re-education of tenured professors, as well as a complete redesign of the means by which electrical power is provided, removing the need for the immensely profitable centralized distribution system altogether.

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