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156. p. 454: Some 50 or 100 years ago, great science breakthroughs were common events. Not so today. This seems to ignore the sequencing of the genome of homo sapiens (and other species); discovery of a new state of matter (the Bose-Einstein condensate); discovery of extra-solar planets; cloning mammals; new allotropes of carbon (buckey-balls etc.) and the proof of Fermat’s last theorem.

Some silly stuff

157. p. 20: [on IPCC authors, apparently meaning the ‘contributing authors’] Some of them used their given name in one part, used an initial in another part and an abbreviation in

another.

part from the incorrect assertion that these people ‘used’ their names (it was

the lead authors — those who wrote the chapters — or the editors, who would ‘use’ the names of contributors), this sort of ambiguity is extremely common. For example, the

book Heaven + Earth by Ian Plimer, cites as reference the books

Short History of

Planet Earth — [footnote 564] and I.R. Plimer.

elling Lies for God — [footnote 2202] both by one

158.

p.

83,

footnote

345:

Deducing

climate

trends

from

paintings

of

clouds

is

fraught

with

problems (and essentially restricted to Europe).

Previous studies of cloud paintings have

analysed fractal dimension to show bias in representation — painters choose ‘interesting’ clouds, reflecting what Plimer notes as the role of artistic license. lso fashions change. Turner’s Val d’ osta would probably not have been painted in an earlier time and prior to Mark Rothko and like-minded artists, a painting of marine stratus would be unlikely to

have been regarded as art.

159. p. 362–363: The story of ‘Graham bank’, the volcanic island that rose and sank, adds nothing to the argument. The claim The rock is worth nothing, is of no use as a territorial possession. . . is questionable. Territorial possession of various small outcrops around the world is asserted as the basis of exclusive economic zones, e.g. for fishing and oil extraction — [PW]. The words quoted above come from a novel about the events of 1831 (when Graham Bank appeared and was named) which was quoted in an article From out of the azure main at: http://www.geolsoc.org.uk/gsl/geoscientist/media/page571.html on which Plimer’s account draws heavily, without attribution.

160.

p. 463:

fter claiming that Human-induced global warming . . . has become an article

of scientific dogma. Plimer goes on to assert: The peer review process in climatology research is controlled by the secular equivalent of the Collegium Romanum, the IPCC. They in turn are answerable to the Inquisition, the global warming fundamentalists, . . . .

This last part is plagiarised from: http://www.business-standard.com/india/storypage.php?autono=291379, nor changes of words, but no citation. — [DK].

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with some mi-

161. p. 464: Giordano Bruno was burned at the stake for supporting the Copernican theory of a Sun-centred universe. This one is trotted out from time to time by those who try to

36Story by Deepak Lal, dated July 17, 2007, downloaded by IGE 2009/10/27.

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