Nature’s 10

Greta Thunberg: “Eat Mor Scienz”No, this is not about a prequel to Ocean’s Eleven, but rather the list of “Ten people who mattered in science” published every year by Nature, once one of the most prestigious and respected scientific journals in the world and now, one of the Springer group of publications, an overpriced venue which combines conventional wisdom and slaver propaganda in the staff-written front-of-book material with scientific papers most of which have been available as pre-prints on arXiv and other repositories for months before their “official” publication.

Since 2011, the magazine has published a list called “Nature’s 10”, of the ten “people who mattered” in science. The magazine’s own description of the list is:

Nature’s 10 is the journal’s annual list of ten people who mattered in science this year. They might have achieved amazing discoveries, brought attention to crucial issues, or even gained notoriety for controversial actions. Although not an award or a ranking, Nature’s 10 highlights individuals who had a role in some of the year’s most significant moments in science.

The lists are, as you might expect, exquisitely diverse, carefully balanced among genders, races, countries, institutions, and fields of research.  Many have been actual, you know, scientists.

Making the 2019 list is Greta Thunberg, the 16-year old climate scold whose citation is as a “climate catalyst”, with the six paragraph encomium to her achievements concluding:

Many researchers hail Thunberg in particular for focusing attention on climate change and its catastrophic impacts. What she has achieved should motivate climate researchers to carry on with their science despite slow political action, says Seneviratne.

“Greta has inspired scientists along with activists and policymakers,” says Angela Ledford Anderson, director of the Climate and Energy programme at the Union of Concerned Scientists in Washington DC. In July, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced sweeping measures to reduce carbon emissions, and acknowledged that the protests Thunberg ignited “drove us to act”.

But perhaps Thunberg’s biggest influence will be on the next generation of scientists, Anderson says. “Her mobilization of young people shows the rising generation expects science to inform policy,” she says, “and may inspire many to become scientists themselves.”

Archimedes, Galileo, Newton, Einstein, and…Greta.

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Author: John Walker

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21 thoughts on “Nature’s 10”

  1. Way too much money has already been spent on Greta. She has gotten the benefit of a multi-million dollar racing yacht to cross the Atlantic so she doesn’t have to “fly” and use those carbon remnants. She has been wined and dined about the world. Recently she has gotten first class railroad seats for her AND her staff (imagine! A staff at 16.) yet scolded the railroad about sitting in an “overcrowded train floor compartment” – clearly a bald-faced lie.

    What is MOST needed is to disregard Greta completely.

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  2. I’m sorry, but I can’t like this as Gretta Thunberg is a punk no-nothing kid with “handlers” that are directing her every move.

    She is NOT a scientist, catalyst, but more like a movie star and politics, a no nothing.

    RE: Carbon Dioxide Causes Global Warming… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zrejG-WI3U

    PLEASE; Watch the whole video.  (Carbon Dioxide plays a minor role.)

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  3. G.D.:

    10 Cents:

    Another science denier!

    Greta for the Nobel Piece Prize!!

    OK, I’ll make my own “Dislike” button.

    (shouldn’t that have been “Peace” not Piece?)

    Piece identifies as Peace now.

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  4. drlorentz:

    10 Cents:

    drlorentz:
    Here’s a little something for the schoolmarm demographic:

    Just trying to stay ahead of the curve.

    Does this get updated every year?

    Updating is superfluous because pointing out errors is forbidden. How dare you!

    You mean pointing out your errors is forbidden not mine, right?

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  5. John Walker: [quoting from the Nature article]
    Many researchers hail Thunberg in particular for focusing attention on climate change and its catastrophic impacts. What she has achieved should motivate climate researchers to carry on with their science despite slow political action, says Seneviratne.

    “Greta has inspired scientists along with activists and policymakers,” says Angela Ledford Anderson, director of the Climate and Energy programme at the Union of Concerned Scientists in Washington DC. In July, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced sweeping measures to reduce carbon emissions, and acknowledged that the protests Thunberg ignited “drove us to act”.

    But perhaps Thunberg’s biggest influence will be on the next generation of scientists, Anderson says. “Her mobilization of young people shows the rising generation expects science to inform policy,” she says, “and may inspire many to become scientists themselves.”

    A more truthful version:

    Many researchers hail Thunberg in particular for reviving hope for increased funding for our pseudoscientific work. What she has achieved should motivate climate ‘researchers’ to carry on with their grift despite pushback from the ordinary folk who will have to pay for their work and any subsequent policy consequences, says IYI1

    “Greta has inspired pseudo-intellectuals along with the mentally unstable and a host of dishonest, opportunistic politicians,” says IYI2 , director of the Climate and Energy programme at the Union of Hysterical Scaremongers in Washington DC. In July, German cat lady Angela Merkel announced sweeping measures to oppress her citizens, and acknowledged that the protests Thunberg ignited “gave us cover to soak the people for more pf their money”.

    But perhaps Thunberg’s biggest influence will be on the next generation of scientists, IYI2 says. “Her mobilization of young twits shows the rising generation expects science to conform to political correctness,” she says, “and may inspire many to become grifters themselves.”

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  6. drlorentz:

    John Walker: [quoting from the Nature article]
    Many researchers hail Thunberg in particular for focusing attention on climate change and its catastrophic impacts. What she has achieved should motivate climate researchers to carry on with their science despite slow political action, says Seneviratne.

    “Greta has inspired scientists along with activists and policymakers,” says Angela Ledford Anderson, director of the Climate and Energy programme at the Union of Concerned Scientists in Washington DC. In July, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced sweeping measures to reduce carbon emissions, and acknowledged that the protests Thunberg ignited “drove us to act”.

    But perhaps Thunberg’s biggest influence will be on the next generation of scientists, Anderson says. “Her mobilization of young people shows the rising generation expects science to inform policy,” she says, “and may inspire many to become scientists themselves.”

    A more truthful version:

    Many researchers hail Thunberg in particular for reviving hope for increased funding for our pseudoscientific work. What she has achieved should motivate climate ‘researchers’ to carry on with their grift despite pushback from the ordinary folk who will have to pay for their work and any subsequent policy consequences, says IYI1

    “Greta has inspired pseudo-intellectuals along with the mentally unstable and a host of dishonest, opportunistic politicians,” says IYI2 , director of the Climate and Energy programme at the Union of Hysterical Scaremongers in Washington DC. In July, German cat lady Angela Merkel announced sweeping measures to oppress her citizens, and acknowledged that the protests Thunberg ignited “gave us cover to soak the people for more pf their money”.

    But perhaps Thunberg’s biggest influence will be on the next generation of scientists, IYI2 says. “Her mobilization of young twits shows the rising generation expects science to conform to political correctness,” she says, “and may inspire many to become grifters themselves.”

    A re-post so I can like it more than once…

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