New York, 2022-01-27 11:16:56. Scientists stunned by climate denial from podcast guest Joe Rogan
As podcast executive Joe Rogan faces condemnation from medical scientists for spreading misinformation about vaccines and COVID-19, another interview by the controversial host this week has become the subject of ridicule — this time among climate scientists.
Canadian clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson appeared on “The Joe Rogan Experiment” Monday, making false and generalized claims that the modeling that scientists use to predict climate change and its effects are flawed.
“There is no such thing as a climate, right?” Peterson said in troubling remarks. He then went on to mock “climate types,” which he said usually refer to “climate revolves around everything.”
“But your models are not based on everything. Your models are based on a set number of variables. This means that you reduce the variables—which are everything—to that set. But how did you decide which set of variables to include in the equation if it was about everything?” “
Rogan has done little to challenge the unfounded comments.
Peterson’s observations show a general misunderstanding of how scientific modeling works. Scientists use models, or simulations, to highlight certain aspects of climate change, such as rising global temperatures, changes in precipitation patterns and the potential for drought.
Climate scientists made fun of Peterson on social media.
“Guys, for the love of all things sacred, please, please, ask someone who knows what the heck is a climate model!!!” NASA climate scientist Gavin Schmidt said on Twitter.
Zeke Hausfather, a Berkeley Earth research scientist, tweeted an infographic showing how accurate scientists’ predictions of global warming over several decades are.
“For what it’s worth, we’ve been predicting future warming since the first climate models in the late 1960s/early 1970s. We can look back to see how well they performed. It turns out that our models overall did a good job,” he wrote.
The backlash came when musician Neil Young told podcast giant Spotify he no longer wanted his music to appear on the service due to Rogan’s repeated false claims about COVID-19 and vaccines.
Spotify announced Wednesday that it will not be streaming Neil Young’s music, according to a report from The Washington Post.
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