Tag: Science

Happy Birthday, Ronald Coase and Thank You for Our Logo! »

Ronald Coase, winner of the 1991 Nobel Prize in Economic Science, turns 100 today, still publishing. As The Economist magazine pointed out in its recent tribute to his work on firms: He has long chided his fellow economists for scrawling hieroglyphics on blackboards rather than looking at what it actually takes to run a...
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C-SPAN to Air Independent Policy Forum: “Economic Religion vs. Environmental Religion in America” »

C-SPAN2′s Book TV will air the Independent Institute’s Policy Forum, “Economic Religion vs. Environmental Religion in America,” that was held in Washington, D.C., and features Senior Fellow Robert H. Nelson and his new Institute book, The New Holy Wars. Dr. Nelson is joined by Steven F. Hayward (F.K. Weyerhaeuser Fellow, American Enterprise Institute) and...
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Travelers (Especially Men and Children), Beware: Urgent Warning from Scientists on TSA Machines’ Radiation »

Scientists are calling into question the research cited by—and commissioned by—government officials regarding the relative risks posed to travelers subjected to full body scanners’ radiation. Independent scientists find the actual radiation exposure is 10 times TSA estimates, and argue that the health risks aren’t mathematically worth taking: [Arizona State University, Tempe physics] Prof. Peter...
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Top Physicists Protest the Corruption of Science »

As reported in the London Telegraph, the highly respected physicist Harold Lewis has sent a scathing letter of resignation to the American Physical Society (APS) protesting the corruption of science as a result of the politicization of climate research and as he states, “the (literally) trillions of dollars driving it, that has corrupted so...
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California Diesel Law Based on Gross Overestimate »

The San Francisco Chronicle reports today that the California Air Resources Board overestimated pollution from off-road diesel vehicles by 340 percent. The agency had used that estimate as the basis for tighter emission regulations, adopted in 2007, that applied to bulldozers, dump trucks, forklifts, and other heavy-duty diesel machinery. Those controls halted the use...
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Regime Uncertainty: Reports Keep Coming In »

Each summer, Wall Street strategist Byron Wien convenes a meeting of high rollers to discuss the outlook for investment. This year’s meeting brought together fifty individuals, including more than ten billionaires. Their expectations, as reported by CNBC, are gloomy: “They saw the United States in a long-term slow growth environment with the near-term risk of recession quite...
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C. S. Lewis on Mere Liberty and the Evils of Statism, Part 3 (Final) »

Here Is the Final Part Continued from Part 2: Part 1 Scientism For Lewis, science should be a quest for knowledge, and his concern was that in the modern era science is too often used instead as a quest by some for power over others. Lewis did not dispute that science is an immensely...
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More on the Climate Government-Industrial Complex »

To follow up on my earlier posting, “The Climate-Industrial Complex,” award-winning meteorologist Brian Sussman has a helpful, new article at American Thinker, “Carbon Cronyism: Why Cap-and-Trade Is Not Dead Yet.” Author of the new book, Climategate: A Veteran Meteorologist Exposes the Global Warming Scam, Sussman details some of the key, interlocking business and government...
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Does the Latest Climategate Investigation Exonerate the Scientists Involved? »

Recent media reports such as the Huffington Post‘s “‘Climategate’ Investigation VINDICATES Scientists, Finds Research Reliable“ claim that an “independent” Climategate inquiry “vindicated” the parties involved. But was the inquiry in fact independent, and how much of an inquiry was actually made? As Patrick Michaels points out, the investigations were not exactly as “independent” as...
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Romer’s Research: Expiration of Bush Tax Cuts Will Be Highly Contractionary »

Christina Romer, Chair of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and economics professor at the University of California at Berkeley, has published an article (co-authored with David Romer) in the June 2010 issue of the American Economic Review titled “The Macroeconomic Effects of Tax Changes: Estimates Based on a New Measure of Fiscal Shocks.”...
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