Nobel Prize winning physicist quits premier physics society over “incontrovertible” claim for global warming
Ivar Giaever (I don’t know how that’s pronounced), winner of the 1973 Nobel Prize for Physics, has resigned from the American Physical Society over its official statement that evidence for manmade global warming is “incontrovertible.”
“In the APS it is ok to discuss whether the mass of the proton changes over time and how a multi-universe behaves, but the evidence of global warming is incontrovertible?” he wrote in an email to Kate Kirby, executive officer of the physics society.However, it’s not clear why Giaever waited until now to resign, since a debate within the society over the “incontrovertible” language has been going on since at least April 2010.
You note:LA replies:
So he’s a real profile in courage, hmm.Bill A. writes:
Thank you for noticing my comment.LA replies:
I think that’s clear. The AGW ideology does not consist only in the assertion that AGW is true. Intrinsic to the AGW ideology is the assertion that AGW is the established and unquestionable truth, accepted by all scientists and all rational human beings.Bill A. replies:
Quite right. And you will be burned at the stake, figuratively speaking, not only for denying AGW, but for denying the establishment of an accepted truth by those who are empowered to do so.Bill A. also writes:
I wouldn’t disparage Giaever for lack of courage. In all likelihood, he has been a member of the APS for almost his entire adult life, certainly for all of his professional life. His earliest aspirations and dreams were no doubt tied up with it, and his heroes were all affiliated with it. To sever his ties with the organization that has represented his chosen profession -profession in the fullest, highest sense- must be extraordinarily distateful. It is not surprising that he would choose to allow his membership to fade away, rather than making an issue of it. But when pushed, he was quite forthright about his reasons.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at September 15, 2011 09:50 AM | Send