However, he decided to transform himself into a climate scientist overnight. As his diary reveals, his university will be paying him two years of life in Singapore where he will be doing something that he has clearly no clue about.
An example how the university system works - or, more precisely, doesn't work. It's about thousands of freeloaders paid to pretend to be experts on something that they have no clue about but something that leads to politically convenient conclusions.
John Baez established a new blog dedicated to his new passion, the climate apocalypse. It's called Azimuth. His conversion is described as follows:
I’ve been working on n-categories and fundamental physics, but now I want to work on more practical things, too.It's actually very natural to switch from n-categories to an apocalyptic conspiracy theory.
Why? I keep realizing more and more that the Earth is in serious trouble! The deep secrets of math and physics are endlessly engrossing — but they can wait, and other things can’t.
I hope we talk about many things here: from math to physics to earth science, biology, computer science, economics, and the technologies of today and tomorrow – but in general, centered around the theme of what scientists can do to help save the planet.
That sounds pretty ambitious, verging on pompous.
Well, by having said that the Earth is in trouble, he instantly became a top expert! Unfortunately for him, he forgot to delete his crackpot index so you can see that the Baez crackpot index of the new John Baez is between 580 and 740.
Three days ago, Rolling Stone wrote an article about the death of the cap-and-trade bill in the U.S. John Baez wrote the following comment:
This June was the hottest June worldwide in the last 131 years - the period that records have been kept. This May was the hottest May worldwide in the last 131 years. This April was the hottest April worldwide in the last 131 years. This March was the hottest March worldwide in the last 131 years. You can read about it here, for June: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/?report=global&year=2010&month=6&submitted=Get+Report and here, for May: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/?report=global&year=2010&month=5&submitted=Get+Report and here, for April: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/?report=global&year=2010&month=4&submitted=Get+Report and here, for March: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/?report=global&year=2010&month=3&submitted=Get+Report When will politicians wake up? Probably when we citizens wake them up.Well, this May was 0.08 °C cooler than May 1998 and every other month of 2010 so far has been cooler than the same month of 1998. But even if this were not the case, how would the observation imply that the "politicians sleep" and "they citizens have to wake them up"? Quite on the contrary, most politicians have jumped on an irrational bandwagon and it is up to the citizens to tear them down from the bandwagon.
You really are a loon, John.
Thanks to Daniel R. for the information ;-)