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Scientists remove ‘absurd’ misinformation on Rogan . program

By Angela Dewan | CNN

As podcaster Joe Rogan faces condemnation from medical scientists for spreading misinformation about vaccines and Covid-19, another interview by the controversial host caused this week. has become the subject of ridicule – this time among climate scientists.

Canadian clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson appeared on “The Joe Rogan Experience” on Monday, making false and generalized claims that modeling scientists use to forecast climate change. consequences and its effects are flawed.

In cryptic remarks, Peterson says “there’s no such thing as climate, is there?” He then went on to scoff at “climate patterns,” to whom he often said that “climate is everything.”

“But your models are not based on everything. Your models are based on some set variables. So that means you’ve reduced the variables – being everything – into that set. But how do you decide which set of variables to include in the equation if it’s about everything? “

Rogan, whose podcast is hosted on Spotify, did not challenge the unsubstantiated comments.

Peterson’s comments reveal a common misunderstanding of how the scientific model works. Scientists use models, or simulations, to predict specific aspects of climate change, such as an increase in global temperatures, changes in precipitation patterns, and likelihood of occurrence. out drought.

Climate scientists are now mocking Peterson’s claims.

Michael E. Mann, a climate scientist at Pennsylvania State University, told CNN: “Nihilism seems like comic books would be funny if it weren’t so dangerous.

“These two individuals spread the same unscientific spread about COVID-19 that may have and will continue to lead to death. Even more will perish from extremely dangerous and deadly weather if we don’t act on the climate crisis. So promoting misinformation about climate change is somehow even more dangerous.”

Mann says Peterson’s claims are “nonsense and false,” and seems to boil down to the idea that climate science is so complex that scientists can never model or understand it. .

“Such an absurd argument leads to the dismissal of physics, chemistry, biology, and every other area of ​​science where people form (and experiment – that’s the important part that Peterson doesn’t seem to understand). ) conceptual models that try to simplify the system and distill Mann says.

“Every great discovery in science arose this way. Including electromagnetic physics has allowed Peterson and Rogan to record and broadcast this silly and absurd conversation.”

Spotify declined to comment on the criticism. CNN has reached out to “The Joe Rogan Experience” for comment.

NASA climate scientist Gavin Schmidt shared a similar view on Twitter, pointing out that Peterson doesn’t seem to understand how climate models work.

Zeke Hausfather, a research scientist at Berkeley Earth, tweeted a chart showing scientists’ accurate projections of global warming over the past few decades.

https://www.sbsun.com/2022/01/27/climate-scientists-knock-absurd-misinformation-on-rogan-show/ Scientists remove ‘absurd’ misinformation on Rogan . program

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