Just a short one today as I am away from home on the ipad, which is much more limited for using wordpress.
After being accused of having no sense of irony by a climate change denier on twitter yesterday, I found this extraordinary thing.
Matt Ridley, the Irrational Optimist, has a prize for “writing exposing pseudoscience behind eco-projects” . Sir Matthew is a hereditary member of the House of Lords and brother in law to Owen “Badgers Moved the Goalposts” Paterson, former Secretary of State against the Environment. Ridley, some may also remember, was chair of Northern Rock when it collapsed, leading to the first run on a British bank in over 200 years.
That Ridley should be offering a prize for pseudoscience is deliciously ironic, since he has repeatedly used pseudoscientific arguments to justify his denial of the impact of climate change on humanity and nature, opposition to neo-liberal economics, GMOs, the badger cull, and indeed many other things.
One wonders whether he has a highly developed sense of irony, or none at all.
This could start a whole series of ironic prizes:
The Genghis Khan prize for peace studies
The Owen Paterson prize for badger welfare
Any other suggestions?