Hat tip to Pat Nurse for this (click to enlarge):
It would be quite easy for them to find out how many incidents of violence or disturbance there have been in UK prisons. Each one will have a) a date on which smoking was banned, and b) a record or log of prison events over time. All that needs to be done is for incidents of violence after date a) to be found in record b). Easy. It would be a simple research project that a single research assistant could carry out in a few months, going from prison to prison to read the prison records.
What’s really needed is not the number of incidents of violence before and after the introduction of prison smoking bans, but the number of incidents per annum. It would almost certainly be found that there was a sharp uptick in the rate at which such incidents took place.
And this is what the Tobacco Controllers in the UK government wish to conceal.
Because Tobacco Control engages in systematic lying all the time. They never do anything else.
Related to all this, I’ve been toying with an idea for a new attack on Tobacco Control, and this time on all the research they’ve ever done.
Because for the past 6 months, as I’ve been piecing together a glaciation computer simulation model, I’ve been wondering why climate scientists don’t seem to have done what I’ve been doing, which is simply to model conductive heat flow deep inside the Earth, and not just in the atmosphere above its surface. Why couldn’t they do that? It’s a very simple thing to do.
And the answer, almost certainly, is that nobody asked them to do that. Because all the people who work in climate science are employees who are doing what they’re told. They’ll be employees in the University of East Anglia, for example. They’ll be employed as lecturers and research assistants and professors, and they’ll be paid by governments or other grant-giving bodies. And it’s the people who provide the money who determine what needs investigation, what needs further research. And their employees in the university will simply conduct the research they want done. So it’s always top-down-controlled research. And the research that’s being carried out will only be as good and imaginative as the controllers at the top. And since the controllers will in many cases be politicians, they will most likely conduct politically-motivated research. And that’s why climate science has become politically-motivated.
But I’m not top-down-controlled. Nobody’s paying me. And I just follow my nose. And over the past 6 months my nose has led me to build a model of the inside of the Earth rather than just the outside.
The climate scientists in the University of East Anglia are perfectly capable of doing this themselves. In fact they’re probably a lot better at doing it than I am, and they’ve got far more powerful computers than my little personal computer. But they’re all employees who are doing what they’re told, and nobody has asked them to do what I’ve been doing.
I don’t know whether I’ll find out anything particularly interesting with my little simulation model. Most likely not. But the only people who can do any real, imaginative, daring research are people who can think for themselves, and not simply act as employees who are doing what they’re told.
Isaac Newton was a professor of mathematics in Cambridge university, but nobody much ever came to his lectures, which he sometimes delivered to empty rooms. And so he had all his days to pursue his own mathematical ideas. And that’s exactly what he did. And ended up writing Principia Mathematica.
Charles Darwin was a man of independent means, and that meant that he had all his days to pursue whatever interested him, which was principally biology. So that’s exactly what he did. And ended up writing The Origin of Species.
Orville and Wilbur Wright don’t seem to have been employed by anybody. They seem to have been men of independent means as well. And they had plenty enough time and money to spend their days constructing a variety of experimental aircraft. And one day, December 17, 1903, one of those experimental aircraft actually flew a short distance.
The Flyer cost less than a thousand dollars, in contrast to more than $50,000 in government funds given to Samuel Langley for his man-carrying Great Aerodrome.
It’s only if you have independent reseachers, following their own noses, that you’ll ever find out anything. You need to have people who search everywhere for answers, and not just down the most orthodox routes.
This isn’t just a problem with climate science. It’s a problem with all science. Once you’ve got institutionalised, top-down-controlled science research being done, it’s almost certainly not going to do any more than reproduce the prejudices of the people who’re funding it.
Which brings me back to Doll and Hill, and Wynder and Graham, back in 1950. So far as I know, none of these people were independent researchers. I think they were all employees, with their wages being paid by someone else. Who provided the money for the research? And what did they want to find out? For I suspect that they wanted to prove that smoking caused lung cancer. And Doll and Hill, and Wynder and Graham, gave them the results they wanted.
All this research is directed research. And such research will only ever confirm the prejudices of the people who fund it. Doll, Hill, Wynder, and Graham were yes-men who were doing their masters’ will.