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TwentyEightGate – il mio scoop giornalistico che ha fatto il giro del mondo

Breve excursus sul TwentyEightGate, il mio ultimo..ahem..secondo voglio dire “scoop” che ha fatto il giro del mondo essendo un bello (e legale!) sgambetto al bulletto chiamato BBC.

È uno “scoop” importante abbastanza da aver portato quasi 21mila visitatori su questo blog in un giorno solo (13 Novembre).

In poche parole: la BBC ha combattuto per cinque anni contro un pensionato (il blogger Tony Newbery ad Harmless Sky) per impedirgli di ottenere una lista di nomi di partecipanti a un seminario sul cambiamento climatico, tenuto il 26 gennaio 2006. Io ho trovato quella lista (in maniera perfettamente legale, già su internet) e ne ho facilitato la lettura.

Maurizio 1 – BBC 0. In altre parole, Gente Comune 1 – Bulletti 0.

Che quella lista fosse importante non lo dico io, lo dicono le 140mila sterline (175mila euro) spese in QUATTRO GIORNI dalla BBC stessa per avere SEI, dico SEI avvocati in tribunale a difenderne il segreto, mentre Newbery era presente senza avvocato, e con la moglie, avendosi dovuto sobbarcare un viaggio da fuori Londra.

Di fronte a tale bullismo di bassa caratura, una volta che il Tribunale ha dato ragione alla BBC (e te pareva!), come si dice “non c’ho visto più” e mi sono messo di buona lena a cercare la lista su internet. Ho pensato che visto il numero di partecipanti (una sessantina) a qualcuno potesse essere “sfuggita”.

Infatti ho trovato una pagina di uno degli organizzatori (lo IBT) dove per farsi belli come si suol dire hanno un bel giorno deciso di mettere online la lista di tutti i partecipanti ai seminari con la BBC dal 2004 al 2007.

Il file PDF non era più su quel sito, ma bene in vista sulla “Wayback Machine”, un sito dove vengono conservate copie di tante pagine su internet.

Qui il link originale al mio blog in inglese dove mostro la lista al mondo.

In inglese ne hanno parlato in molti su internet, in Canada, USA, Australia, Regno Unito (per esempio Bishop Hill ha un po’ di link). Ci sono anche articoli in Francia e in Olanda. Prima o poi ne farò una lista. Ho anche partecipato come ospite per parlare proprio di “28Gate” alla recente maratona TV online di 24 ore sul clima, organizzata da Anthony Watts su WUWT (il video sarà messo qui appena disponibile).

Il nome “28Gate” è stato dato da uno dei commentatori su WUWT, in assonanza con il mitico Watergate e il numero di “esterni” presenti al seminario BBC, che erano appunto ventotto (o almeno così diceva la BBC…ora se ne vedono trenta. Boh.)

Sulla carta stampata è uscito un articolo di James Delingpole sullo Spectator, dal titolo al solito molto esplicito “Ecco lo scandalo alla BBC che dovrebbe davvero farvi sentire disgusto” (ricordiamo infatti che la BBC in questo periodo va da uno scandalo all’altro – fra l’altro i quattro alti dirigenti appena dimessisi erano tutti al seminario del 2006).

In Italiano ne hanno parlato Piero Vietti de Il Foglio (online e su carta) e Guido Guidi di climatemonitor (online). Più un altro blog dove l’ossessione nei miei confronti non ha limiti…ma quando io sono l’argomento di discussione, non c’è evidentemente da sprecare neanche un link.

Qualche precisazione:

  • io di quella lista, la cui prima richiesta è di cinque anni fa, non mi interessavo. Non avevo neanche comprato l’e-book da Bishop Hill.
  • Che la BBC abbia davvero cambiato linea editoriale il 26 gennaio 2006, mi sembra una bufala fatta e finita, una bufala raccontata però dalla BBC stessa.
  • È la BBC e non io ad aver dato importanza a quella lista. Non è colpa mia se la BBC ha deciso di buttare via 40mila sterline al giorno per quattro giorni due settimane fa e per giunta contro un pensionato.
  • Lo “scoop” è nel fatto di aver trovato pubblicato online (da un altro degli organizzatori) quello che alla BBC hanno spergiurato essere un segreto. Magari potevano pagare un avvocato in meno e far cercare il documento a una persona in più.

Adesso sappiamo che:

  1. la BBC ha probabilmente mentito quando ha detto che era un segreto (stiamo parlando di una lista di nomi, non di cosa abbiano detto al meeting);
  2. la BBC ha probabilmente mentito quando ha detto che era un meeting di alto livello;
  3. la BBC ha probabilmente mentito quando ha detto che quel meeting aveva cambiato tutto;
  4. nessuno alla BBC né alcuno dei suoi strapagati avvocati sono capaci di usare internet (come detto ho trovato la lista lunedì sera in una mezz’oretta).

Ci sono cose ancora più gravi (la presenza di qualcuno dall’Ambasciata USA al seminario sarebbe una violazione dei principi fondativi della BBC) – ma non mi interessano almeno per il momento.

Tengo anche a dire il seguente:

  • A me non importa se la BBC si ispira editorialmente a maghi e fatine. A me importa che la BBC sia esplicita, chiara, limpida e trasparente, e dica a tutti quando si fa ispirare da maghi e fatine. È una questione di Trust, in tutti i sensi della parola.
  • Non so se qualcuno ha notato, ma non c’era in quel meeting nessuno del Met Office…come se in Italia la RAI facesse un meeting sul clima senza invitare il CMCC. Se vi va bene così…
  • Padronissima la BBC di usare avvocati in tribunale. A me però importa che la BBC, dopo avermi preso 145 sterline all’anno, non le dedichi poi al bullismo, perché di questo si tratta – continuo ad aspettare di trovare una-persona-una che giustifichi la necessità di ingaggiare sei avvocati contro un pensionato. Non uno (ragionevole), due (se se li possono permettere), non tre (già troppi) – addirittura sei!

TwentyEightGate on WUWT TV

My second participation to live TV has just ended (WUWT TV here). I have said pretty much everything I wanted to say. Good.

Now I need to find a way to sleep >=8-O

There’s a bit more to “student” Eleni Andreadis

Participation of “student” Eleni Andreadis has raised a few questions among the many for 28Gate. Her LinkedIn page is a bit short on CV:

Experience

  • Member of the Board SANI SA January 2008 – Present (4 years 11 months)
  • Founder/Director Planet Agents January 2008 – Present (4 years 11 months)

Education

  • Harvard University Masters in Public Policy, Environmental Policy, Government Strategy, Media 2004 – 2006
  • University of Bath BSc in Management, Business 1996 – 2000

However the Wayback Machine (what else?) can help fill the gaps. At some point, Eleni had her TV presence managed by Take 3 Management. The site included a CV (broken link)(wayback machine link for Sep 5, 2008 snapshot):

Presenter/Reporter/Journalist
Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
Masters in Environmental Policy and Media.
University of Bath, School of Management, with year study at University of Virginia.
First Class Honours BSc (Hons) in Business Administration 2000.
TV/RADIO CREDITS
2007 – ongoing GREEN TV, London Presenter and Green Talk Host. Work at the UNEP/Greenpeace sponsored channel & iTunes Top Science/Tech podcast, includes green event coverage as well as interview with prominent environmental figures.
2007 –
current
SMARTPLANET, London, UK Presenter of online environmental video podcasts for CNET’s new green lifestyle website (launching October 2007). CNET Networks is an American company with millions of viewers each month in the US, Europe and Asia.
2007 – ongoing NEW CONSUMER TV,
London
Presenter of online and TV green and ethical lifestyle weekly video pod casts from across the UK. Pieces include organic farm visits, fair-trade coffee tasting, eco-tourism destination and green technology reviews.
2007 THE REAL NEWS, Canada Presenter/producer of pilot programme Global Warning, a longer-form news segment on the independent news world network focusing on environmental issues, launching late Autumn 2007 and London environment correspondent.
2006 – 07 CURRENT TV, New York Freelance Presenter/Producer – wide range of stories in US
2006 Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Video Documentary Director and interviewer for the Communications Dept. Directed 5 documentary shorts over 5 months profiling the non-profit work of alumni. Interviewed in India, Vietnam, Serbia & US for Harvard’s website & DVD.
2006 THE TODAY PROGRAMME Freelance US Producer for the programme – BBC Radio 4.
2005 – 2006 CAMBRIDGE MEDIA & ENVIRONMENT PROGRAM(supported by BBC News) US US/UK Researcher & Writer. Led & conducted over 30 interview in the area of climate change media coverage.
2005 THE TODAY PROGRAMME,BBC Radio 4 Journalist intern in London. Researched & booked guests, conducted interviews & broadcasted packages- included coverage of the London bombings, essays with historian Eric Hobsbawm & Joseph Rotblat on Nuclear proliferation.
OTHER EXPERIENCE
July – Oct
2007
PARTICIPANT PRODUCTIONS/CENTURY FILMS, UK Environmental Consultant for feature-length climate change documentary for international cinematic release.
2003 – 04 FRIENDS OF THE EARTH, UK Researcher & briefings Writer, Policy and Campaign Dept. Directed research with the Policy & Campaign Dept to quantify the regional impacts of climate change in twelve UK regions. Authored public briefings for each region for the 200 local groups & volunteers.
2001 – 03 ACCENTURE Senior Analyst, Government Strategy (UK, Ireland & Canada.
OTHER
2000 – 2001 Assistant Science officer
& Honduras – trained volunteers
PADI Scuba Diving Master at Coral Cay Conservation in in Scuba diving & underwater species recognition.

 

It seems Ms Andreadis was more qualified to attend than at first hypothesised. The trouble of having BBC News sponsor a Masters student to work at CMEP to lobby the BBC, it’ll be for another day to understand.

No prize to guess the name of the “feature-length climate change documentary for international cinematic release” worked on in 2007. Who knows what happened at the end of that year though, that made Eleni change her life’s focus.

Green TV doesn’t show anything when her family name is used.

BBC: The most curious piece of evidence of institutional AGW bias

From “Yes, John: Steve Jones Is Wrong And The BBC Totally Unbalanced On Climate Change“, 1 year 3 days ago on this site – see what happens when everybody including the Head of Comedy is pushed to insert climate change / global warming in their BBC output:

[…] I can now present […] the most curious piece of evidence yet of BBC’s institutional bias in favor of AGW proponents and away from skepticism.

And yes, this evidence makes a mockery of Steve Jones’ allegations too. Introducing Spiked Online and Patrick West’s experience with various language courses in Italian, and in particular the words dedicated to the BBC (my emphasis):

I’m currently on the second volume of the BBC’s Active Talk Italian Course. The two books and CD companions contain some bizarre diversions, Talk Italian 2 (2007) especially so. This volume is rich fare for those convinced that the BBC is governed by a liberal-left cabal, aging hippies and proselytising environmentalists.

Much of Talk Italian 2 is concerned with asking for directions in the rustic campagna of Tuscany and Umbria, where one would expect BBC bigwigs and well-to-do liberal-left champions of the corporation to take their vacations. A chapter is devoted to renting and buying luxury property (In zona panoramica e comoda… quattro camere, due bagni, cantine di 50mq, garage e giardino… Prezzo: €840,000). This no doubt appeals to Italy-loving Islingtonians who think holidaying in Spain is for the ghastly hoi polloi and that the south of France is a repository for the vulgar bourgeoisie.

The section in Talk Italian 2 on telling the time casually envisages a scenario of ‘Jorge’ and ‘Alessandro’ co-ordinating a meeting at a climate-change conference: Il cambiamento climatico: rischio per la biodiversità marina. The reader is invited to insert the Italian for ‘we start’ in the following ominous sentence ‘_____ alle dieci e un quarto con il discorso del Ministro sul cambiamento climatico’ (answer:Cominciamo) (1). Whatever happened to time-keeping dialogues simply based on railway enquiries?

On visiting the doctor, a further chapter asks you how to recognise notices for ‘alternative solutions’: medicina olistica, agopuntura, omeopatia, meditazione. Would you like to mettere in armonia le dimensioni fisiche, emotive, spirituali e sociali della persona? When ‘Simona’ complains of having l’influenza and asks for some painkillers, you, her hypothetical friend, are inveigled to suggest a superior alternative: Io ho un prodotto omeopatico molto efficace (2). Simona ought to reply Che stronzata! (3)

Some translation to help:

(1) “We start at quarter past ten with a speech by the Secretary of State for Climate Change”

(2) “I’ve got a very effective homeopathic medicine”

(3) “What a load of bull!”

[…]

A More Appropriate Job For Shashank Tripathi

Thanks to Hurricane Sandy and a lot of malfunctioning neurons, Shashank Tripathi has ended up in the dubious category of stupidest/most evil Twitter user ever for idiocies like these:

  • BREAKING: Confirmed flooding on NYSE. The trading floor is flooded under more than 3 feet of water.
  • BREAKING MT @jhlipton: Con Ed shut down lower Manhattan system due to high tides
  • BREAKING: Con Edison has begun shutting down ALL power in Manhattan
  • BREAKING: CON EDISON SHUTTING OFF ALL POWER IN NEW YORK CITY AT 3AM IN ANTICIPATION OF POWER SURGES FROM HURRICANE SANDY

This is a real pity for two reasons. First of all it makes me wish quartering were back. Secondly, Mr Tripathi could have simply chosen a more appropriate career, for example writing the following for eager audiences at Grist, 350.org, SkepticalScience and/or The Guardian:

  • BREAKING: Confirmed threat of future flooding on NYSE. The trading floor might be flooded under more than 3 feet of water by the end of the century
  • BREAKING MT @jhlipton: Con Ed could shut down lower Manhattan system due to high tides in 2080
  • BREAKING: Con Edison will possibly begin shutting down ALL power in Manhattan in the 2100′s
  • BREAKING: CON EDISON MAY BE FORCED TO SHUT OFF ALL POWER IN NEW YORK CITY AT 3AM ON OCTOBER 4, 2124 IN ANTICIPATION OF POWER SURGES FROM HURRICANE WHATEVER

See? Bill McKibben couldn’t have said it better…

Negative Thinking and Tipping Points

A comment I just wrote at Bishop Hill (Jun 20, 2012 at 12:16 AM), answering a researcher on the topic of tipping points and climate change:

Doug – thanks for the reply. I can feel some major fundamental disagreements on the approach.

(I do hope you appreciate frankness, and rest assured I am not trying to convince you of anything!)

1. You say you don’t know much about positive tipping points. Like with Adam Corner’s psychosocial studies only of skeptics, this doesn’t sound like the wisest way towards understanding tipping points in general and independently from their “policy value”.

2. You say you “would expect a policy maker to take in information from a large number of sources on this”. But you’re aware the policy maker will never hear about positive tipping points, from anybody at all. This removes value to the advice and information you yourself provide, sort of telling a ship’s captain to steer away from the continent port-side whilst the two of you don’t notice the island approaching from starboard.

3. You are of the opinion that “there is a strong argument that an abrupt change in climate would likely affect social and ecological systems negatively”. Not really. I can see the problem from a Development Studies perspective thanks to some University-level studies of mine in that respect. There is an approach there called “Vulnerability Analysis”, where poverty is defined in terms of number and size of one’s vulnerabilities. Abrupt change of any sort of course will affect negatively the most vulnerable, simply because almost everything affects negatively the most vulnerable. Imagine somebody starving for a week, even eating food will become a risky activity for them.

This tells us nothing about the negativity of the change. OTOH the effect of the change on the less-vulnerable will depend on what kinds of vulnerability they suffer from. A priori, it is impossible to tell if change and even abrupt change will be overall negative or positive.

For example the invention of the internal combustion engine has been an abrupt, enormous effect on societies everywhere, but who would say it has been negative in general? And like there is no such a thing as a “system” of people that is mostly tuned to a particular environment (travel from Iceland to Senegal to see how flexible human societies are), just as well what happened at Krakatoa means “systems” of the wild can recover in amazing fashions.

Therefore, there cannot be any “strong argument” of the kind you describe. Perhaps there is a diffuse opinion that change=bad and abrupt change=awful, but it is an opinion, not a scientific finding.

4. Your final statement is perfectly logical but conveys a curious, illogical message. You say, “if there was a really large change in some aspect of the climate over, say, the next decade (anthropogenic or not), and climate science hadn’t at least warned about it, you would rightfully be angry”. Perhaps me, but surely whoever is paying for climate change research.

This is some form of recursive logic.

(a) Somebody finances climate change research with the aim of understanding if there is change in the pipeline and of what kind. This makes sense.

(b) Researchers whose job is to work about climate change with the aim of etc etc, in the face of obvious, enormous difficulties in providing what’s been requested think about how best to fulfil their duty. This makes sense.

(c) As the duty is to be able to warn in advance of changes, those researchers arrive at the conclusion that, if anything happens and they didn’t warn about it, they will be seen as a failure at their job/profession. This makes sense.

(d) Therefore, those researchers make sure they describe all the possibile negativities, so that nobody will be able to say, “you didn’t warn us about this”. This makes sense.

However, the end result is that the researchers don’t focus any longer on understanding if there is change in the pipeline and of what kind, but mostly on figuring out all the bad things that might happen, and assigning each a probability.

This makes no sense. The information finally provided risks reading like plain-language Nostradamus prophecies with informed risk estimates attached to them. If we did the same exercise about health risks in the home, there would be a law against entering bathrooms and kitchens.

Live Microblogging of GWPF 2012 Annual Lecture with Prof Fritz Varenholt

The following are the ordered notes published live on Twitter at @mmorabito67 during the GWPF 2012 Annual Lecture with Prof Fritz Varenholt, at the Royal Society building in London on June 13, 2012:

  • Benny Peiser starts right on time. Around 200 or more in attendance. Full house.
  • Peiser describes the environmental credentials of Varenholt. Reaction to Seveso, early Green.
  • Lecture starts with reference to upcoming #Euro2012 Germany match tonight.
  • Varenholt says he passed from green hero to doubtful scientist. Ironic but expected.
  • Varenholt mentions feeling of suppressed knowledge upon seeing LIA disappeared
  • Lots of dry humor
  • Varenholt talks of own experience with wind power company. Wind index in Germany shown highly correlating with NAO
  • Wind in Spain anticorrelated to NAO. Doubt on IPCC starting there. Then flattened temps since 1998
  • Standard Answer climate is 30y not 14y but then why the stoppage? Shows longer term graphs with temp increases
  • Varenholt mentions increase in CO2 and solar activity. Then #IPCC diagram of sensitivity. Says CO2 influences climate change
  • Varenholt says “solely the degree of influence is disputed”. IPCC had to introduce an “amplifier” for CO2 effect.
  • CO2 and temps shown correlating only between 1977 and 1998. Why not other periods?
  • Hockey Stick used with Gore’s movie in 000’s DVDs free to Germans to show people AGW real.
  • Mentions #Gergis trying to revive a ghost even Mann has renounced to
  • Now for natural cycles on the centennial scale and longer. Steinhilber 2009, Ljunquist 2010 with #MWP and #LIA –
  • Synchronicity between solar activity and temps in North Atlantic in Bond (2001) but Rahmstorf high priest against it
  • Shows 18 papers all over the world all finding what Bond 2001 found eg Kemp 2012
  • Example Liu et al 2011 Tibet with mwp and lia and forecast of no warming to 2200.
  • Chinese papers can also show what the government approves so even more interesting
  • Solar activity correlates with historical events too since 1600. Eg French revolution and scarce food
  • Solar cycle 24 current weak like cycle 5 of french revolution
  • People dismiss solar activity by considering #TSI which changes very little
  • However UV solar activity changes by 70% – no physical explanation how Sun influences climate change though
  • Varenholt explains possible mechanism with solar magnetic field shielding cosmic rays
  • Shows decrease in cosmic rays reaching earth during 20th century then slightly increasing after 2000
  • Mash Svensmark 2003 showing correlation between low-hanging clouds and solar activity
  • 60y cycle in Pacific #PDO warm phase between 1977 and 2006. Says AGW trend is underlining natural cycles
  • Critique of flawed temp graph with shortening timespans
  • Varenholt forecasts 0.5C by 2100 prolonging AGW trend minus natural oscillations
  • Kyoto efforts only 15% of emitters EU + ANZ. All for compensating 8 weeks of Chinese development
  • Speed of transformation in Germany “exaggerated” ie uselessly overambitious
  • Effort on photovoltaic energy maximum now that it’s the most expensive
  • €8B collected from all and given to wealthier people so transfer from poor to rich
  • Wind and solar not on-demand so lower reliability and more need for storage.
  • Germany forced to pay Netherlands to provide electricity to the Dutch. €100M per year.
  • Ethics Commission of bishops and sociologists suggested converting energy into H2 then methane. V. expensive
  • In 2050 Germany needs 230 times more storage capacity – compares to Constance Lake brought up in mountains
  • Problem of additional grid needed. Lots of it.
  • Summary: good news. Sun gives time to change energy system. Catastrophism has been used to justify madness.
  • Sacrificing forests for wind turbines is a very bad thing for nature.
  • Speaks of a climate of fear. Conventional always part of good energy mix alongside renewables
  • Current efforts not SUSTAINABLE. (Key sentence for the night?)
  • Final phrase of “it’s the sun stupid”
  • I asked how to communicate with greenies. Also other q on how to increase number of people “on road to.Damascus”
  • Varenholt mentions building trust. Communication via newspapers where everybody should be involved in discussions.
  • Politicians react to emotions in people.
  • Engineers need be more involved in discussions also political
  • Czech ambassador asks about abandonment of nuclear in Germany. Another q on carbon cost of renewables
  • Nuclear abandoned even if tsunami danger minimal. Political will.
  • Steel carbon recovered in 6 months. Solar 5 times more.
  • Solar not sustainable apart from in a new DDR
  • Don Keeler asks why greens against shale gas. Varenholt says it’s the game changer. Poland will definitely exploit it.
  • 400y of gas between Wales and Bielorussia. Environmentalists pushed moratorium but Varenholt says we’ll need shale gas later.
  • Huge amounts in China too. Gas will level volatility. But too cheap for wind and solar.
  • Carbon tax would kill photovoltaic if all subsidies removed unless very very high.
  • Ends with Lord #Lawson reminding what GWPF is about.
  • Says Varenholt pointed out how.uncertainty means correct policy difficult to identify.
  • Praises Varenholt for being able to.change mind according to.evidence
  • Hopes book will be translated. Says models obviously wrong.

Charles J Morabito – Aggiornamento con foto della lapide

Un piccolo aggiornamento nella storia di Charles J Morabito (1924-1945)

  • Nato nel 1924 (meno probabilmente 1916, o 1919) a Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (zona di Cleveland)
  • Figlio di Santo “Sam” Morabito (16 Feb 1889-26 Ott 1975) e Mamie Foll (17 Ago 1892-24 Apr 1975)
  • Fratello di Frank (morto Ott 1969), Frances E(dith) (morta nel 2004), Grace (22 Mar 1930-8 Feb 1931), Tony J(oseph) (morto nel 1991)
  • Completato il primo anno delle superiori (High School)
  • Qualifica di “Semiskilled chauffeurs and drivers, bus, taxi, truck, and tractor” – conducente di automezzi
  • Ultimo indirizzo in America: 9022 Kinsman Rd, Cuyahoga Falls, OH (nella zona di Cleveland)
  • Arruolato al Camp Perry Lacarne a Cuyahoga County, Ohio il 3 marzo 1943, “per il resto della guerra, piu’ 6 mesi” nell’esercito USA con la matricola 35050065
  • Catturato dall’esercito tedesco nel dicembre 1944 durante la “Offensiva delle Ardenne”
  • Probabilmente assegnato alla XVIII Divisione di Fanteria, nel Reggimento 106, 109, 110, 111 o 112
  • Passa alcuni mesi in prigionia a Bad Orb, vicino Francoforte, con il numero 35050065.
  • Diventa prigioniero di guerra 25084 al Campo di schiavitu’ e sterminio di Berga dal 18 febbraio 1945
  • Descritto dal compagno di prigionia Joe Mark come “sconsiderato”
  • Tenta la fuga nel Marzo 1945, probabilmente il giorno 15. Viene catturato quando si ferma a mungere una mucca dopo settimane di stenti
  • Muore, probabilmente fucilato sul posto con proiettili di legno
  • I sopravvissuti vengono liberati dopo alterne vicende il 18 aprile 1945
  • La sua tomba a Berga viene fotografata per caso dal NARA. Nel 2006 quella foto verra’ stampata sulle pagine dell’IHT e notata da me
  • Il corpo rientra negli USA intorno al 1948
  • Il funerale con la famiglia e gli amici viene svolto il 14 dicembre 1948 alla St. Anthony-St. Bridget Church
  • Sepolto al Calvary Cemetery di Cuyahoga County

Piccoli dettagli sulla famiglia

  • La sorella Frances E ha sposato Anthony Giancola (morto nel 1990)
  • Il fratello Tony J viveva probabilmente a 4538 Hunting Valley Lane, Brecksville, OH 44141 con la moglie J A
  • Figli dei fratelli e della sorella: Anthony, Frances, Tina. Forse Lisa A Morabito, figlia di Tony J.
  • Probabile relazione di parentela con Sebastiano Morabito e Carmela Prefiero, il cui figlio Giuseppe è nato il 7 Dic 1908 e morto il 12 Apr 1912
  • Probabile relazione di parentela con Giovanni (John) Morabito e Concetta A Conti
  • Tutta la zona di Cuyahoga in Ohio è piena di persone con il cognome “Morabito”
Altre persone interessanti, trovate nel corso di queste ricerche:
  • Anthony F Morabito (New York 1921-Germania 4 Dic 1944) – morto per le ferite ricevute in guerra (#42142051, Private 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division). Premiato postumo con il Purple Heart. Sepolto a Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial, Epinal, Vosges, Lorraine Region, France, Plot A Row 36 Grave 51 accanto al fratello Frank A Morabito
  • Frank A Morabito (New York 1920-Francia 20 Feb 1945) – morto per la ferite ricevute in guerra (#42116164, Private First Class, 274th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division). Premiato postumo con il Purple Heart. Sepolto a Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial, Epinal, Vosges, Lorraine Region, France, Plot A Row 36 Grave 50 accanto al fratello Anthony F Morabito

How The Media Pollute Science – The Deepwater Horizon Example

American Scientist“‘s latest Science in the News Weekly points to the popularity of an insightful, harshly titled piece at Wired: “How Science Failed During the Gulf Oil Disaster” by Christopher Reddy (April 20, 2012), that is also a good way to explore how the media industry ends up polluting science almost beyond recognition.

Reddy concludes that “most of these problems are avoidable” (longer excerpts at the bottom of this post). I do not think he has grasped the magnitude of the problem.

The press pack only wants to “provide immediate, definitive information“, that is uncertainty-free. They of course end up distributing simplified, fact-free news and spreading unnecessary fears.

Scientists are in the meanwhile:

  • pestered by the media
  • “lured” by the limelight
  • pressured in forgetting uncertainty
  • ignored unless there is anything worrying to humans or wildlife in their reports
  • reprimanded if they don’t publish soon enough
  • openly invited to get rid of peer-review for the sake of quickness of decision

In the background, scientific freedom turns into parody, as “tenure decisions” loom hard. And therefore what can we expect the scientists to do? Of course they will end up:

  • deemphasizing uncertainty
  • playing for the audience
  • screaming loud about anything that might be considered remotely toxic
  • hurrying their articles to be printed
  • pretending to be always and invariably 100% correct.

Sounds familiar?

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Extracts from Reddy’s article:

When the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded two years ago in the Gulf of Mexico, many scientists, including me, stepped outside of the Ivory Tower to study what was an unprecedented — and unintended — environmental experiment. We succeeded in gathering mountains of data, learning all sorts of new things, and advancing science.

But we also failed.

Academic scientists chose the research that most interested us, rather than what may have been most important to responding to the immediate disaster. We failed to grasp the mechanics of the media

[…] on land, the press just kept calling

[…] Our academic training did not prepare us for the media attention we received, and sometimes liked too much. We did not recognize that the media’s mission to provide immediate, definitive information about unfolding events to an anxious public can limit its ability to be comprehensive and complex. Academia provides us the luxury to move slowly with the goal of perfection. So we had problems explaining uncertainties, and we did not understand the ramifications of our statements to the media.

Time, more than anything else, separated us. The media has hours to make a deadline. We have five to eight years to get tenure.

An example of how this played out was the reporting of oil plumes flowing from the well deep underwater.

Oil generally floats, so in the early days of the spill, scientists were startled to find high levels of hydrocarbons deep in the Gulf and relayed their findings to the media. The scientists hypothesized that high pressure at the depth where the leak occurred was causing some hydrocarbons to flow horizontally away from the well, rather than up to the surface.

The resulting news reports gave the impression that rivers of oil were flowing at the bottom of the sea, potentially killing shrimp and fish that supported the local economy and harming the ecosystem. Government responders and industry had to respond to the press about the plumes, rather then focusing on higher priorities such as capping the well. And the public had to respond to these reports, too. I recall one Gulf resident asking me if he should sell his house and move away.

Many academics, including me, were hard on the scientists who reported the presence of plumes. We thought they had veered from the standards of good science. Their findings were not peer-reviewed. In their communications with the public, they seemed susceptible to the lure of limelight.

[…] A month after the well was capped, we published a study in the journal Science confirming a subsurface plume more than a mile wide and 600 feet high that flowed for miles from the Macondo well at a depth of 3,600 feet. However, this plume was not a river of oil, but rather a layer in the ocean that was enriched in hydrocarbons. Water samples taken from within the plume were crystal clear.

We had just mapped an underwater plume with a one-of-a-kind underwater vehicle carrying a state-of-the-art mass spectrometer. It could be the greatest scientific contribution of my career. But the media wasn’t that interested. They were more concerned with whether the plume was toxic.

We were confused and said to them, “You need to know where the plume is before you can consider harmful effects.” It seemed so simple to us, but it was only newsworthy if the plume, at that time, could harm marine life or the environment.

[…] when I was the academic liaison at the oil spill’s headquarters the following month, I learned that those on the front line weren’t impressed by the publication of a paper a month after the crisis was over. Crisis responders often must make decisions on the spot, with imperfect information, even if it is risky.

During a crisis, “peer review is the biggest problem with academia” Juliette Kayyem, who was an assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security during the Deepwater Horizon and teaches crisis response at Harvard, told me.

But to release unvetted data is a leap of faith. I observed a very talented junior scientist struggle with this. He was afraid he might be not be 100 percent correct, word would get out, and it would affect his tenure decision. […]

Sulla centralizzazione del coordinamento globale dei partiti politici italiani

A settimane di distanza, quanto ho detto a YouDem resta ancora valido:

  • I Grandi Coordinatori Mondiali di tutti i partiti non hanno portato a granché sul lato IMU, mandrie di Carneadi sconosciuti forse anche ai loro familiari.
  • Noi intanto facciamo benissimo con o senza un Grande Coordinatore Mondiale (p.es., la lettera agli Ambasciatori indiani).
  • Chi sta ad aspettare che Qualcuno da Roma invii la Nomina, probabilmente non dovrebbe essere nominato.
  • E il Grande Coordinatore che riesca davvero a gestire l’innumerevole diversità della presenza italiana nel mondo da un ufficio, lo vorrei vedere nel prossimo film accanto a Thor, Iron Man e gli altri Supereroi.

Il posto di Grande Coordinatore Mondiale, per quello che importa a “chi fa”, è evidentemente fittizio e dipende da “chi fa”, non il contrario. A meno che, naturalmente, non vogliamo mettere in mezzo Incitatus, il cavallo di Caligola. Oppure giocare a riempire le caselline, fare una struttura tipo PCUS e mettere tutte le pedine al loro posto.

The Immoral Judgement behind Climate Activism

Judith Curry has a very concise summary of the latest Nature Climate Change shot-in-the-dark, called “Climate change and moral judgement” (by Ezra M. Markowitz and Azim F. Shariff, NCC, vol.2, April 2012).

The study is based on the usual wholesale vapidity of bombastic statements made meaningless by the absence of any quantification

The climate science community has arrived at a consensus regarding both the reality of rapid, anthropogenic climate change and the necessity of urgent and sustained action to avoid its worst environmental, economic and social consequences

Having switched off their brains to accept the ‘consensus’, the authors forgot to turn them back on before writing gems like

Unlike financial fraud or terrorist attacks, climate change does not register, emotionally, as a wrong that demands to be righted. As a result, many individuals, even those who believe that climate change is a problem, may feel complacent in delaying immediate — and costly — ameliorative action, such as investing in alternative-energy technologies or reducing one’s own energy use

Markowitz and Shariff clearly don’t understand that “climate change” belongs to the future, whilst financial fraud and terrorist attacks belong also to the past and present. They don’t even understand that “ameliorative action” has nothing to do with “reducing one’s own energy use” (a wishy-washy commitment for anybody bothering to do the maths), and that “investing in alternative-energy technologies” is pointless unless the cost is linked to some benefit, with the benefit being larger than the cost that is.

Another classic:

the more space there is for uncertainty the more wishful thinking we have

As if. Markowitz and Shariff are dangerously toying there with the idea of becoming totally anti-scientific. As per another of Curry’s posts, “Uncertainty is a necessary ingredient in the recipe for discovery. Certainty gets in the way of discovery because we are not inclined to investigate further the things we think we know for certain“. From this POV, “certainty” is the realm of the uninterested ignorant, the last type of people that is who could possibly do anything meaningful about climate change.

There are more signs of science having taken a leave of absence from Nature Climate Change in this case. The authors list “six psychological challenges posed by climate change to the human moral judgement system” (table 1) and “six psychological strategies that communicators can use to bolster the recognition of climate change as a moral imperative” (table 2). Perish the thought that having six items on both tables suggest there is not science behind, rather the style of self-help manuals (aware perhaps of the problem, the blog minimolecule recommended by Judith forgets to mention the 5th item of table 2, “Expand group identity“).

Anyway, the biggest flaw of the study lies elsewhere. It appears deeply contradictory. If the

in depth cognitive processing required to negotiate our way through these problems leads to poor activation of moral reasoning

the authors should have demonstrated first if and how their own moral reasoning hadn’t been properly “activated”. The same applies to all other points in table 1. Psychomagically, the authors believe themselves immune from something they claim is affecting a large part of humanity.

This sounds clearly and deeply immoral, just like the continuous underlying suggestion that people who don’t believe it’s time for unspecified “costly ameliorative action” are somehow anti-environment (this is a common anti-ethical thinking trait of climate activists, as demonstrated by its ugly head rearing again in the description of the upcoming Policy Exchange event “A Greener Shade of Blue” in London).

And as for the topic of the paper: IMNSHO the biggest obstacle in moving forward on climate change is that activist-communicators keep trying to reduce an issue that is “complex, abstract and cognitively challenging” to “It didn’t snow last January” or “March was weird”. And those are clear evidences of “poor activation of moral reasoning” on the part of those communicators.

(Blurred) Visions of a Sustainable UN

Following up on a side note on WUWT…this is what the UN means by “sustainability”. To be kept in mind as Rio+20 approaches.

VISIONS OF A SUSTAINABLE UN

If you fancy yourself as a photographer and believe in the power of images to change the way we think and feel, then why not try your hand at capturing an image which describes a sustainable UN? […] All entries must speak to the theme, Visions of a Sustainable UN.

PHOTO COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED

SUN, 05/06/11

A team from Cyprus have been announced as the winners of 2011 Greening the Blue Photo Competition which has been run in collaboration with the UN Photographic Society to celebrate World Environment Day 2011.

Here’s the winner: “The judges felt the winning entry managed to capture several important elements of how the UN can become a more sustainable organisation” such as recycling itself and the fears it keeps spreading presumably

Recycling the UN

 

Runner-up: “…on a technology that is truly sustainable“, i.e. somebody is dreaming we all get on our bikes really, no matter if it’s the middle of the winter and there’s no baobab trees around

Biking around your baobab

Runner-up: “…bringing your own mug…” right before not flushing the toilet I suspect

Sustainable mugging

Runner-up: “sustainability is a part of UN’s key mandates in many ways: food, youth, and the environment in the developing world” starting from making sure it remains developING forever.

Make sure she never sees a book

In summary, if we all felt like rubbish and pedalled with our own mug to work by tilling the soil somewhere, the UN will have reached its goal by making our lives unsustainable.

Is anybody reading Real Climate any longer?

An interesting side-story about HadCRUT4. Look at RealClimate, March 20, 2012 “Updating the CRU and HadCRUT temperature data” by gavin:

the difference between 1998 and 2010 is in the hundredths of a degree, and most of the attribution work on recent climate changes is looking at longer term trends, not year to year variability. However, there is now consistency across the data sets that 2005 and 2010 likely topped 1998 as the warmest years in the instrumental record

Compare that now to Skeptical Science, April 18, 2012 “First Look at HadCRUT4” by dana1981:

In HadCRUT4, the hottest years on record are 2010 and 2005, with 1998 right behind in a statistical tie.

From the quotes above, it is difficult to ascertain if Gavin Schmidt has any understanding of the meaning of a difference “in the hundredths of a degree” (hint: for all scientific intents and purposes, it’s a difference of zero). The point that “there is now consistency across the data sets” seems to indicate an obsession with numbers and a forgetfulness of the underlying physical aspects of climate.

Even Dana Nuccitelli, amid the usually flurry of anti-skeptic rants and dubious interpretations passed as Truth, appears to have a better grasp on science itself.

Note that among the scarce number of comments (83), a couple of people try to make this simple point, only to be told by the likes of tamino that it doesn’t matter because of evil skeptics of course. As if surgeons would regularly use subpar anaesthesia justifying themselves by saying there are evil doctors out there doing far worse.

L’Autorità Scientifica Nel Manifesto Della Razza

E poi uno si chiede perché affidarsi all’Autorità Scientifica sia una decisione straordinariamente stupida.

Da “Le leggi razziali in Italia e il Vaticano” di Giovanni Sale, Jaca Book 2009 (p72)

[…] Intanto il 25 luglio un comunicato del Partito Nazionale Fascista, per far tacere alcuni sospetti sollevati negli ambienti internazionali (e non soltanto) sullla autorità scientifica degli estensori del Manifesto, rendeva noti i nomi di coloro che lo avevano redatto e du quelli che vi avevano aderito, e dichiarava che esso era stato preparato sotto l’egida del ministero della Cultura Popolare (42). […]

(42) I fimatari più noti del Manifesto della razza erano due medici (S. Visco e N. Pende), un antropologo (L. Cipriani), uno zoologo (E. Zavattari), uno statistico (F. Savorgnan) e uno psichiatra (A. Donaggio); gli altri erano oscuri assistenti universitari […]

Otto italiani, otto nazioni, otto Ambasciatori d’India

COMUNICATO STAMPA: Otto italiani, otto nazioni, otto Ambasciatori d’India – iniziativa europea in appoggio ai marò italiani, fucilieri Massimiliano Latorre e Salvatore Girone

Londra/Berlino/Parigi/Vienna/Malta/Budapest/Berna/Bruxelles&Lussemburgo
– 19 Aprile 2012:

Otto italiani residenti in otto nazioni d’Europa hanno scritto fra ieri e oggi a otto Ambasciatori d’India nel Vecchio Continente, chiedendo un intervento a favore dei marò italiani, i Fucilieri Massimiliano Latorre e Salvatore Girone, attualmente detenuti in India, sospettati nella morte di due cittadini locali nel corso di un’operazione anti-pirateria.

Il coordinatore dell’iniziativa, Maurizio Morabito (Londra) ha dichiarato: “Siamo un gruppo di italiani in Europa e come tali, sentiamo particolarmente sia la situazione di Latorre e Girone, sia le sue conseguenze presenti e potenzialmente future.” “È una questione d’onor patrio – ha continuato Morabito – anche e soprattutto come prova tangibile dell’appoggio totale a tutti gli italiani che si trovino in difficoltà, dovunque si trovino.

Abbiamo voluto raggiungere gli Ambasciatori d’India nei Paesi di nostra residenza. Come tutti gli italiani, – ha concluso Morabito – vogliamo che nessuno sforzo venga risparmiato, e nessuna strada lasciata inesplorata, perché Latorre e Girone rientrino in Italia al più presto possibile.

Nella lettera inviata da Morabito e altri sette connazionali, menzionata la tragica morte dei cittadini indiani, i firmatari sottolineano come la situazione attuale non sembri evolvere positivamente, e ricordano le tante gravissime crisi in corso a livello internazionale e le potenziali devastanti conseguenze della detenzione di Latorre e Girone sulle operazioni di peacekeeping.

L’esortazione è perché gli Ambasciatori d’India aggiungano la loro voce per una rapida risoluzione della crisi, compreso il ritorno in Italia di Latorre e Girone.

Dell’iniziativa, messa in atto da iscritti e simpatizzanti del Popolo della Libertà residenti in Austria, Belgio/Lussemburgo, Francia, Germania, Malta, Ungheria e Regno Unito, sono stati informati gli Ambasciatori d’Italia nei Paesi interessati.

Contatto:
Maurizio Morabito
maurizio CHIOCCIOLA morabito PUNTO name

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(segue elenco firme – sono disponibili anche le versioni italiana e inglese della lettera inviata agli Ambasciatori d’India)

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FIRMATARI

Roberto Basili, Buch am Erlbach, Germany
Carlo Bauleo, Winterthur, Switzerland
Rosario Cambiano, Köln, Germany
Marzia Carissimo Gibbs, London, UK
Vincenzo Catalano, Malta
Mario Ferrera, Berlin, Germany
Maurizio Morabito, London, UK
Vincenzo Orlando, Budapest, Hungary
Carmelo Pignataro, Stuttgart, Germany
Angela Piscitelli & Leonardo Cammarano, Sainte Vertue, Yonne, France
Vittorio Porta Frigeri, Luxembourg
Enrica & Sergio Valentini, Vienna, Austria
Mario Spanó, Wolfsburg, Germany

Incontro di Franco Frattini con la Comunità Italiana In Europa del 29 Marzo 2012 – live microblogging

Di seguito il resoconto dell’incontro di Franco Frattini (Deputato del Pdl, Presidente della Fondazione A. De Gasperi e della SIOI. Già ministro degli esteri, commissario e vicepresidente della Commissione UE – TwitterFacebook) con la Comunità Italiana in Europa del 29 Marzo 2012 – cosí come scritto dal vivo e riportato da me su Twitter – @mmorabito67: (nota: il mio account Twitter principale rimane @omnologos)

(ogni errore ed omissione nel seguito, colpa del sottoscritto...)

(introduzione del sen. Raffaele Fantetti)

  • Fantetti elogia le iniziative di Carlo Presenti, Direttore Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Londra.
  • presente punta iceberg emigrazione italiana in Europa
  • emigrazione in crescita 70-100mila all’anno fenomeno attuale
  • nuovi emigrati non distaccati dall’Italia.

(intervento dell’On. Franco Frattini)

  • elogia Carlo Presenti, Direttore dell’Istituto di Cultura Italiana a Londra
  • “occasioni come queste sono poche”
  • legge elettorale va cambiata.
  • dovremmo essere in quattro ma uno ha tradito.
  • c’è rete italiani nemici del Paese in odio a un Governo.
  • personaggi sconosciuti dati spazio su giornali prestigiosi per criticare l’Italia.
  • occorre rete persone che amano l’Italia e i cui sforzi positivi vinceranno su quelli negativi.
  • in tutto il mondo professionalità italiane ben radicate.
  • provocatoriamente da non-Ministro…aneddoto riguardo ministro nord europa.
  • italia non solo corruzione.
  • futuro politico. #Berlusconi ha dovuto fare passo indietro. Problema opposizione distruttiva.
  • riforme Monti le avrebbe dovute fare Berlusconi. Lega contraria riforme importanti.
  • parte del PDL ha tradito per votare con Bersani.
  • sorte Italia in mano a deputati sconosciuti.
  • Berlusconi ha cambiato l’Italia in 17 anni.
  • maggioranza parlamentare non politica
  • Monti liberale che conosce il mondo. Considerato degno di rispetto dal 1994
  • nostro sostegno riforme Monti crea problemi a #Bersani.
  • campagna elettorale adesso responsabilità gravissima anche Bersani l’ha capito.
  • giro europa incontrando vecchi amici e conoscenze. Menziona on. @guglielmopicchi .
  • occorre Partito Moderati Italiani fra chi fa riferimento al PPE.
  • Partito Moderati avrebbe due terzi dei voti.
  • Fioroni, Letta nel PD ma cominciano a capire non è il loro spazio.
  • Costituente Popolare Italiana come ha indicato Alfano.
  • isolamento europeo Tories lo sconteranno.
  • politica ha problema credibilità – bisogna lavorare perché classe dirigente abbia onestà e correttezza morale.
  • esponenti locali partito coinvolti in scandali. Dalle politiche in poi chi.ha problemi non va incluso.
  • Berlusconi non tollera chi.è in politica per prendere soldi.
  • altra caratteristica l’aver contribuito alla società – come Forza Italia agli inizi
  • Fantetti e @guglielmopicchi hanno esperienze prima della politica come me.
  • legge elettorale: preferenze, piccoli collegi, liste scelte da elettori, candidato Premier, squadra governo
  • ultima cosa. Vendola e soci vogliono colpire ricchezza non alleviare povertà.
  • dice Vendola vuole bloccare BOT. Provocazione? Nel dubbio…
  • Presidente Associazione De Gasperi dopo Andreotti.
  • De Gasperi: politico pensa prox elezioni. Statista.pensa prox generazioni. Tutti ora diciamo grazie a DG.
  • (continua a nominare Vendola)
  • chi ha il passaporto dovrebbe credere ed essere legato all’Italia. Circoscrizione Europa va rimessa al centro.

(domande dal pubblico)

  • Sviluppo non solo tasse? Manovre fiscali per fermare emorragia. Già partiti liberalizzazioni e semplificazioni.
  • Bertali chiede più organizzazione nel partito per l’estero
  • (il mio intervento) – Ho chiesto che il partito e l’Italia “sfruttino” i milioni di anni-uomo di esperienza disponibili specie in Europa.
  • Dalla Svizzera richiesta di aiutare chi voglia tornare.
  • Da Bruxelles @Simoneceramicol invita a fare delle elezioni all’estero una cosa seria. Compravendita buste mai più.
  • Dalla Germania brontolii contro la disorganizzazione del partito a Roma. Troppe cose fanno vergognare
  • Da Vienna invito simile al mio. Michele Capaccioli dei Riformisti chiede riforme per invogliare giovani rientrare

(risposte dell’On.Frattini)

  • ritorno apprendistato. Meglio dei CoCoCo.
  • legge lavoro prima dell’estate
  • nomine passate per l’estero nel partito sbagliate, sottovalutata importanza.
  • chiederò rivitalizzazione settore.
  • se fosse stata usato il criterio del merito scelta su Fantetti e @guglielmopicchi
  • adesso spinta online
  • dice che farà suo il mio suggerimento…
  • forum+ per l’europa da presentare in Direzione partito.
  • ricerca e innovazione per rientro in Italia tramite defiscalizzazione
  • rete cooperazione internazionale fra centri di.ricerca incluso reingresso in Italia per chi voglia.
  • colpito da riferimento a pochezza conoscenza linguistiche. Anche funzionari non sanno inglese e francese
  • italia rischia perdere competizione qualità in europa
  • italiani spesso non “fanno sistema” all’estero
  • approccio funzionari potrebbe essere aiutato da chi vive all’estero
  • parla di seggio De Gasperi al Parlamento austriaco
  • punto telematico ascolto per elettori e simpatizzanti

L’incontro si è tenuto all’Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Londra, ed è stato organizzato dal sen. Raffaele Fantetti e dall’On. Guglielmo Picchi, entrambi eletti nel PDL per la Circoscrizione Europa e residenti nella capitale britannica.

Why Omnologos

Omnologos defines my take on knowledge, the universe and, yes, everything. From Howard Bloom‘s Omnology Manifesto:

We are blessed with a richness of specializations, but cursed with a paucity of panoptic disciplines – categories of knowledge that concentrate on seeing the pattern that emerges when one views all the sciences at once.

Hence we need a field dedicated to the panoramic, an academic base for the promiscuously curious, a discipline whose mandate is best summed up in a paraphrase of the poet Andrew Marvel: “Let us roll all our strength and all Our knowledge up into one ball, And tear our visions with rough strife Through the iron gates of life.

Omnology is a science, but one dedicated to the biggest picture conceivable by the minds of its practitioners. Omnology will use every conceptual tool available-and some not yet invented but inventible-to leapfrog over disciplinary barriers, stitching together the patchwork quilt of science and all the rest that humans can yet know.

If one omnologist is able to perceive the relationship between pop songs, ancient Egyptian graffiti, Shirley MacLaine’s mysticism, neurobiology, and the origins of the cosmos, so be it. If another uses mathematics to probe traffic patterns, the behavior of insect colonies, and the manner in which galaxies cluster in swarms, wonderful.

And if another uses introspection to uncover hidden passions and relate them to research in chemistry, anthropology, psychology, history, and the arts, she, too, has a treasured place on the wild frontiers of scientific truth-the terra incognita at the heartland of omnology.

Let me close with the words of yet another poet, William Blake, on the ultimate goal of omnology: “To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour“.

Purists might object to the term’s mixed etimology, but alas Cosmology and Ecumenology were already taken.

The Omnology Manifesto

Thanks to the coaching of fellow Ecademist Dave Kirby I have been inspired to find the definition of my take on knowledge, the universe and, yes, everything

Howard Bloom is the author of the Omnology Manifesto:

We are blessed with a richness of specializations, but cursed with a paucity of panoptic disciplines-categories of knowledge that concentrate on seeing the pattern that emerges when one views all the sciences at once. Hence we need a field dedicated to the panoramic, an academic base for the promiscuously curious, a discipline whose mandate is best summed up in a paraphrase of the poet Andrew Marvel: "Let us roll all our strength and all Our knowledge up into one ball, And tear our visions with rough strife Thorough the iron gates of life." Omnology is a science, but one dedicated to the biggest picture conceivable by the minds of its practitioners. Omnology will use every conceptual tool available-and some not yet invented but inventible-to leapfrog over disciplinary barriers, stitching together the patchwork quilt of science and all the rest that humans can yet know. If one omnologist is able to perceive the relationship between pop songs, ancient Egyptian graffiti, Shirley MacLaine's mysticism, neurobiology, and the origins of the cosmos, so be it. If another uses mathematics to probe traffic patterns, the behavior of insect colonies, and the manner in which galaxies cluster in swarms, wonderful. And if another uses introspection to uncover hidden passions and relate them to research in chemistry, anthropology, psychology, history, and the arts, she, too, has a treasured place on the wild frontiers of scientific truth-the terra incognita at the heartland of omnology. Let me close with the words of yet another poet, William Blake, on the ultimate goal of omnology: To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour.

Purists might object to the term's mixed etimology, but alas Cosmology and Ecumenology were already taken