Talk:Joanne Nova

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MN insists that having a B Sc makes you a scientist. I think that is ridiculous William M. Connolley (talk) 17:02, 2 September 2010 (UTC)

Please give your reasons why you think she is not a scientist mark nutley (talk) 17:08, 2 September 2010 (UTC)
Err, I've already done so. There is no reason to believe she is one. Having a B Sc doesn't make you a scientist (oh look - I've said that already). You're usually very keen on not adding unsourced information to a BLP, so please stop doing it here William M. Connolley (talk) 17:31, 2 September 2010 (UTC)
She has a degree in science and has worked as one, you don`t stop being one till your dead. I`ll put the cat back in tommorrow, your reasons for removing it are non existent mark nutley (talk) 17:34, 2 September 2010 (UTC)
She has no papers. As for "worked as one" I can't see that. She says of herself Qualifications Joanne Nova finished her Bachelor of Science degree with first class honours, A+ grades and both the FH Faulding, and The Swan Brewery Prizes, at the University of Western Australia. She majored in Microbiology, Molecular Biology and doing honours research into DNA markers for use in Muscular Dystrophy trials. She also has a Graduate Certificate in Science Communication from the ANU, and worked for three years as an Associate Lecturer for the Graduate Diploma in Science Communication program at the Australian National University. so she doesn't claim to be a scientist herself. I think you're interpreting "worked as one" from "worked for three years as an Associate Lecturer for the Graduate Diploma in Science Communication program". But a science communication program is comms, not science. And "you don't stop till you're dead" is wrong. I'm not a scientist now William M. Connolley (talk) 18:01, 2 September 2010 (UTC)

Looks like following MN's departue AQFK is stepping up to the plate of pushing misrepresentations into this BLP. Tut tut. JN isn't a scientist. And she isn't a geneticist either. Just because you can find a throw-away comment in an article from 2003 isn't good enough. Perhaps AQFK would be good enough to read what is above, and failing that he could even go to the extreme of reading her description on her own website William M. Connolley (talk) 16:54, 18 September 2010 (UTC)

seems like even Jo Nova's site doesn't want to say when she got her degree or did her university work; could be long ago, considering we don't know how old she is either. Anyway, a uni degree does not itself make you a proper scientist, doing scientific research does (so I'd disagree with the assertion that you're a scientist till you die, it's not an unchanging property like being baptised). There are millions of people out there who have B.Sc. degrees, and who are still interested in science, but who do not practice it. On the other had, you could be considered a scientist even without a degree, if you have a good research record. Rolf Schmidt (talk) 03:42, 24 September 2010 (UTC)

A baccalaureate degree in any scientific discipline (especially one coupled with postgraduate work in research) attests to a disputant's training in scientific method and familiarity with the principles of honest and openly conducted scientific inquiry. Beyond the fact that on the subject of anthropogenic global warming — or is "climate disruption" the current propaganda term of choice? — Mr. Connolley has a longstanding history of suppressio veri, suggestio falsi (why is he permitted to alter any article on Wikipedia with his track record, anyway?), there must also be the appreciation of the common sense expression: "One doesn't have to be a chicken to tell when an egg is rotten."
-- Tucci78 (talk) 12:51, 18 December 2010 (UTC)

This may stun you, but a personal attack on William M. Connolley does nothing to establish that Joanne Nova is a scientist. (She's not). -- (talk) 02:05, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

Multiple issues[edit]

No evidence of encyclopedic notability given by the preponderance of primary sources written by the author. Clearly, this article is exactly the kind of BLP we are trying to avoid creating, and this has been discussed on the arbcom case in detail. I've tagged the article, as it currently needs 1) sources or references that appear in third-party publications 2) needs to be checked for neutrality 3) the notability of this article's subject is in question 4) very few or no other articles link to it 5) I am concerned that it is unbalanced, as it uses a non-notable BLP as a coatrack for climate change denial 6) it is based primarily on self-published sources. Viriditas (talk) 01:42, 22 September 2010 (UTC)

May be well timed. Good William M. Connolley (talk) 07:49, 22 September 2010 (UTC)
I see some sock has removed your prod [1]. AFD? William M. Connolley (talk) 19:57, 22 September 2010 (UTC)
I'm not comfortable with AFD just yet. I took a moment to read through Nova's website yesterday, and I was impressed with her communication skills. She does make claims that infer her notability, so I think it is reasonable to give the IP and other editors time to work on this. I'm very open minded when it comes to these things, and even though I dislike the climate change revisionism, I work from a fundamental wellspring of fairness and good faith. Not quite ready for AFD. Let's wait and see. Viriditas (talk) 03:28, 23 September 2010 (UTC)
(a) I see several third party sources.
(b) I see no use of self published sources that appear suspect
(c) you have not expressed specifically how you believe this article to be imbalanced, which makes the addition of such a tag improper.
(d) The author of a best-selling book translated in to 10 languages is notable for that reason alone. If you feel she's not notable enough, nominate the article for deletion. Fell Gleamingtalk 19:27, 23 September 2010 (UTC)
Please don't de-tag this without even attempting to get agreement. I don't think any of your arguments stand up; in particular, you seem to be implying that any bio tagged with notability should be AFD'd; this is wrong William M. Connolley (talk) 20:22, 23 September 2010 (UTC)
Drive by taggings like this aren't helpful. If you insert a tag, you need to explain your reasoning for it. Why is there a primarysources tag when the article has primary sources? Why do you feel its imbalanced? Why do you feel its non neutral? Why do you believe its improperly using self-published sources? At present, having six tags in the header appears to be simply denigrating the article's subject. Fell Gleamingtalk 20:27, 23 September 2010 (UTC)
Fell, you are doing it again. Every talk page you visit you ignore the discussion already occurring and claim there is no discussion. You really need to stop doing this, Fell. This was not drive by tagging. I have explained what is wrong, and the article does not clear up the problem. Your removal of the tags based on your comment at 9:27, 23 September 2010 and above is not helpful. "I'm right, you're wrong" isn't a valid argument here or anywhere else. You need to demonstrate your claims, not assert them. I don't have to prove a negative, as the burden is on the person asserting notability. You need to show that the article meets or exceeds the requirements, not me. This has been explained to you over and over again, on many talk pages. Viriditas (talk) 21:17, 23 September 2010 (UTC)
No. You didn't explain why you added the NPOV tag or the primary references tag. You didn't explain why you feel a TV presenter and the author of a best-selling book isn't notable. You didn't explain how the article is inbalanced in its treatment of the article's subject, except for your belief that the subject is non-notable. The only tag that made sense was the self-published source reliance ... and I have since added some additional primary sources to address that. So, do you have a concrete, viable objection to the article? Fell Gleamingtalk 22:09, 23 September 2010 (UTC)
Explained previously at 01:42, 22 September 2010 (UTC), as you are already aware. Do we need another noticeboard notification on this? Viriditas (talk) 00:59, 24 September 2010 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────Why were they added in the first place? Isn't NuclearWarefare's article tags restriction still in effect?[2] A Quest For Knowledge (talk) 21:36, 23 September 2010 (UTC)

Explained previously at 01:42, 22 September 2010 (UTC). Viriditas (talk) 00:59, 24 September 2010 (UTC)
As I explained, your initial post does not address all the tags you inserted. The only tag which you did adresss in a meaningful way is the unbalanced tag. Fell Gleamingtalk 01:46, 24 September 2010 (UTC)
This is very easy, Fell. You have the burden to address the problems. Let's start with the easiest one first. Who is Joanne Nova, what is she notable for, and why do we have an article on her? Please answer that question directly with reliable sources as evidence. Viriditas (talk) 02:11, 24 September 2010 (UTC)

Work in Genetics[edit]

I've removed the Work in Genetics section [3], because it is ridiculous. She hasn't done any "work" in genetics. She has a BSc, or something. Being interviewed about it might just barely rate a mention; an entire section is absurd William M. Connolley (talk) 16:48, 25 September 2010 (UTC)


Given the multiple tags, and the PROD removed by an anon, and NW's advice, I've AFD'd this. I don't have a strong opinion myself, but it is perhaps best to get this sorted William M. Connolley (talk) 16:57, 25 September 2010 (UTC)

No mention of David Evans?[edit]

Are the two not married or living together? Have they not collaborated together or used each others ideas?--scuro (talk) 14:41, 10 April 2011 (UTC)

Disputes existence of AGW?[edit]

"As a blogger Nova concentrates on disputing the existence of anthropogenic global warming (AGW)" - evidence that she disputes existence of? I'm a regular reader of her blog and aren't aware that she disputes the existence of AGW. People don't have to dispute the existence to be considered skeptics, the debate is more complicated than that. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:32, 30 July 2011 (UTC)

Skeptic's Handbook[edit]

Heartland Institute definitely distributed a pamphlet called The Skeptic's Handbook in 2009 to a bunch of school boards, per the Science article by Sara Reardon, already cited: Science 5 August 2011: Vol. 333 no. 6043 pp. 688-689 DOI: 10.1126/science.333.6043.688:

Of course, some attacks on climate change come from well-heeled sources. In 2009, the Heartland Institute, which has received significant funding from Exxon-Mobil, expanded its audience beyond teachers and students with a pamphlet, called The Skeptic's Handbook, mailed to the presidents of the country's 14,000 public school boards.

Heartland Institute senior fellow James Taylor, who sent out the pamphlet, says the underlying message is that educators need “to understand that there is quite a bit that remains to be learned” about climate change.

The only missing bit of data is whether the pamphlet was written by Joanne Nova. Heartland's own website no longer mentions this pamphlet. If people are afraid that Heartland is being defamed, they probably are not. Maybe a look through could confirm that Heartland's 2009 website actually says they published something by Nova in 2009. One of the disputed issues leading to a report at WP:AN3 was whether Heartland could be named as the distributor.

Google Scholar search finds mostly blogs that have chosen to comment on The Skeptic's Handbook. But there is one apparently mainstream physics article by Raymond Orbach, "Our sustainable earth", where he mentions the Handbook and goes to the trouble of rebutting it: This is from Reports on Progress in Physics, 2011. EdJohnston (talk) 16:33, 14 November 2011 (UTC)

She lists it prominently at her website, and rebuts Orbach & other critics here. She also boasts that her SH has "over 200,000 copies distributed & available in 15 languages." I haven't seen it, but there's certainly no doubt who wrote it. Best, Pete Tillman (talk) 22:53, 10 November 2012 (UTC)

BLP noticeboard[edit]

Section = 109 BLP articles labelled "Climate Change Deniers" all at once. This article was placed in a "climate change deniers" category. After discussion on WP:BLPN and WP:CFD the category was deleted. Peter Gulutzan (talk) 17:10, 20 December 2015 (UTC)