As Sam alluded to in his Afternoon Inquisition yesterday, Randi recently posted an essay expressing his approval of the Petition Project, which is a bunch of people, mostly non-scientists and the rest non-climatologists, who think global climate change isn’t happening and even if it is it’s not man-made and even if it is it’s not that big a deal. Can you hear my eyes rolling? Yeah, it’s awfully reminiscent of the creationists’ and 9/11 conspiracy theorists’ attempts to disprove evolution by getting people who don’t know better to sign a piece of paper. So that was disappointing. Everyone in the intertubez wrote about it, and I particularly liked Massimo‘s take, which clearly exposes the fallacies and failure of critical thinking in Randi’s piece.
Last night Randi posted a follow-up in which he backtracks on a few points, including the Petition, and appears to change his mind and agree that AGW is “likely true.” So that was a bit better. Let’s hope that everyone who read the first article also reads the second. (EDIT: Today Orac describes why this new essay also fails.)
Right now, England is abuzz with news of Johnny Ball, a children’s TV performer who ranted against AGW on stage a few nights ago at Robin Ince’s 9 Lessons and Carols for Godless People. Johnny is sort of like the equivalent of Mr. Wizard here, so it’s quite a big deal.
I wasn’t at that first show, but I was at the second night on Wednesday, and Neil Denny and I had the opportunity to interview Johnny about his views. Listen on iTunes*, subscribe to the RSS, or click below.[audio:http://media.libsyn.com/media/skepchick/JohnnyBall.mp3|titles=Johnny Ball at 9 Lessons|artists=Skepchick Podcast]
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