Garbage In,Garbage Out, the old saw has it,
But what if you don't know what garbage looks like?
“Science ” was a word quite unknown when London's Royal Society was founded in 1660. Until a generation after the American revolution, the Society's focus was referred to as "natural philosophy", but nature and philosophy parted company as the natural philosophers assumed power in the Victorian Establishment. Yet the link lingers in the name of a Royal Society journal: Philosophical Transactions , whose current issue is devoted to the science of climate modeling.
A Must Read in The Economist examines Phil Trans' discussion of how the widely misunderstood statistical ideas of 18th century philosopher Thomas Bayes figure in today's climate change debate.