When The Model Models Itself

Watts Up With That?

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach

Eric Worrell posted an interesting article wherein a climate “scientist” says that falsifiability is not an integral part of science … now that’s bizarre madness to me, but here’s what she says:

It turns out that my work now as a climate scientist doesn’t quite gel with the way we typically talk about science and how science works.

1. Methods aren’t always necessarily falsifiable

Falsifiability is the idea that an assertion can be shown to be false by an experiment or an observation, and is critical to distinctions between “true science” and “pseudoscience”.

Climate models are important and complex tools for understanding the climate system. Are climate models falsifiable? Are they science? A test of falsifiability requires a model test or climate observation that shows global warming caused by increased human-produced greenhouse gases is untrue. It is difficult to propose a test of climate…

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