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He's making claims about basic physics. Physicists and Astronomers don't actually assume these so-called dogmas. There are many good scientists spending their whole career trying to find if any of the constants are not constant, or if any of the symmetries in the laws of nature are broken, and to which extent.  

As a physicist, in your first year of study, in lectures about the statistic and systematic difficulties of doing measurements, students usually get to see graphs of how the measured values of natural constants have varied through time. It isn't easy to do the most accurate measurements. And if a new method comes along, it often turns out that the old method had some systematic effect that nobody had yet thought about.  You always try to estimate the possibility of systematic uncertainties, but you can never be sure. That's natural, isn't it :)   That metrology guy made a joke about it .. but he clearly knew how it works.

I'm guessing the talk was 'banned' because he makes statements about science and scientists that are simply not true. He also gave the impression that there's evidence for rats can learn telepathically from what other rats are taught, elsewhere.  If that were true, it would be spectacular, and a famous result. It's not.  So he's overselling his own hunch or belief.

.. nothing wrong for scientists going after some personal hunch. Many do, and sometimes it takes a long time for them to get convincing evidence. Or not. But they need that evidence to be taken seriously.
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The basic problem was legislative micromanagement, combined with an unworking compromise. And insistence that we follow the resulting rules to the letter, without allowing some flexibility to those to whom we delegated the task to implement them. And of course the rules never envisiged something like an economic crisis happening. 

Now we're in classic tragedy: hubris leading to crisis. And we can only avoid downfall if we dare to trust each other. But crisis is eating at our mutual trust.
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He gives some great arguments for the morality of pitchforks. Pitchforks fit the libertarian ethics perfectly. Pitchforks create value by leveraging negotiation power. Workers with pitchforks create much more value than workers without pitchforks.
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This is a very thoughtful discussion, with a polite public. Great!

I'm wondering how the discussion would change if you could have a worldwide insurance of all countries for climate damage.  Would you trust models on the average predictions enough to decide to make use of this solar climate engineering to reduce insurance premiums?  Of course all national insurance premia should be paid by the countries responsible for the excess CO2 in the atmosphere.
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leuk verhaal. Ik weet alleen niet of die labels van 'superveilig' en 'klimaatbestendig' wel kloppen. Het water kan er altijd omheen. Misschien is 'dijkterp' of 'terpdijk' een betere benaming: je maakt de dijk zo groot dat je er ook op kan bouwen, zodat het extra waarde krijgt. Verder zijn terpen een oeroud, en dus niet erg innovatief idee maar daar is natuurlijk niets mis mee :~)
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Beste Nichol,
het superveilige zit hem er in dat de dijk niet kan doorbreken, omdat hij zo breed is. Water kan er inderdaad altijd omheen of overheen, maar dat zal veel geleidelijker gaan dan bij een dijkdoorbraak, en je kunt er op anticiperen door bijv. achter de dijk gevoelige infrastructuur hoger te leggen. Je idee voor terpdijk is interessant! Ik wil je uitnodigen om je discussie in te brengen in onze Linkedin discussiegroep ClimateNL http://linkd.in/18vranz. Vriendelijke groet,
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this looks pretty interesting, at 15:00 European time, 14:00 UK
 
Conversations sparked by Tamsin Edwards' recent op-ed (goo.gl/Q37ukH) and the even more recent AGU statement on climate action (goo.gl/lu3ZaR) have renewed the debate regarding just how active scientists should be in shaping, directing, and supporting climate policy.  

The Sustainability Media Lab has invited 3 prominent climate scientists to discuss the following question: should scientists advocate for policy?

* Join the live chat Wednesday (8/7) at 9AM EDT (Eastern Time). What time is that in ____? Convert to your timezone here: goo.gl/WicavL! *

Featuring:
Gavin Schmidt | Climate scientist at NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies |@ClimateOfGavin| Full bio: goo.gl/zykkhM
Judith Curry | Professor and Chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology | Full bio: goo.gl/BLTu2W
Richard Betts | Head of the Climate Impacts at the Met Office Hadley Centre |@richardabetts| Full bio: goo.gl/U029Wo

Moderated by:
Kathy Zhang | Sustainability Media Lab | Student at Columbia University
Alexandra Boghosian | Sustainability Media Lab | Researcher at Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory

Join the conversation! Tweet your questions to @SustMediaLab+#ScienceAdvocacyDebate or post them to this Google+ page. The panel will take public questions before and during the Hangout!
Should climate scientists advocate for policy?
Wed, August 7, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT
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Let's compromise on Nukulear.
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Great Greek tactics: say that won't talk with (just) the Troika anymore. The Troika is a divide and rule mechanism. The only answer for Greece is to talk to all EU governments separately. Educate them on the details. Delegitimize the Troika. Make clear that this is not a technocratic and straightforward issue. Explain how bad it is in Greece. Explain how easy they can help, without having to really pay much.  Syriza and Varoufakis certainly got attention by strong first statements on the Troika and it's simplistic technocratic and oppressive role.  Poor Dijsselbloem didn't seem to know what hit him. Now they're pivoting to explanations, moderation, being reasonable, showing they know what they're talking about. BBC & Channel 4 interviews were spot-on and impressive.  Visiting London Bankers fits into a strategy of building up authority on the issue. The next step is to play divide & rule back on the Troika by collecting support from periphery governments, separately.  Explain how a 'loss' at the central bank may look bad, but is in fact pretty painless. Explain advantages from using Greece to force a paradigm shift a change of framing. Then France, Juncker. Keeping Merkel for later, so she has time to get used to it, with the germans, that reality must be faced.  In the mean time, many people have already dropped hints that maybe an open debt reduction is difficult, but it is possible to stretch the time for paying back. The first hints at the north retreating from their harsh austerity stance.  Still a journey to go, and lots of flight time for Yanis Varoufakis. But it doesn't look too bad.
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the wonderful comic-like quirkyness of the video fragments, and the juxtapositions of totally different views on reality reminded me of the movie series "The Gods must be crazy".    Maybe somebody should make a movie like that about the Euro, or Greece.
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Of course I'm going to look at your profile so I can confirm whether you are a mouth breather  or a troll, and I confirmed the latter (or probably both). Also, looking at someone's profile does not make you a "troll", writing provocative bullshit to get reactions does make you one. Go tell the "niggers" now.
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I remember dreams and good ideas, since the 70-ies. But they've always been slapped down. The most depressing fact is that this has still not improved much. We've since Al Gore's film retreated to denial, governments and people hunkering down in economic crisis. The environmentalists have always dreamt .. but those dreams are a threat to the entrenched producers of co2 pollution, who'se business model depends on continuing. It is hard not to be depressed if neither your dreams nor your nightmares are taken seriously.
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Larry Smith .. you clearly found your passion, and you're making a GREAT career out of it! One of those happy few.
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a google hangout with Al Gore, to look back over the 7 years since 'an inconvenient truth'
 
Seven years ago former Vice President Al Gore released An Inconvenient Truth, kick-starting a global conversation about climate change (available on Google Play: http://goo.gl/ElYcc). The issue is as pressing as ever and Gore and Jeff Skoll, the film's executive producer, want to hear your ideas (http://youtu.be/ih3fEHv4wqA). 

Throughout the coming week add your thoughts and questions in the Science on G+ Community (http://goo.gl/39w5t). Gore and Skoll will choose the most insightful participants to join them in a live Hangout on Air on June 11th at 2PM EST - come back then to tune in to the Conversation! 
Google+ Conversation with Al Gore about Combating Climate Change
Tue, June 11, 2013, 2:00 PM
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