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Who are the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Radiological Protection, and the "fellow CERRIE committee member"? The editor-in-chief is Richard Wakeford, and here is what Busby himself saying about him and some other colleagues:
What these people have in common is ignorance. You may think a professor at a university must actually know something about their subject. But this is not so. Nearly all of these experts who appear and pontificate have not actually done any research on the issue of radiation and health. Or if they have, they seem to have missed all the key studies and references. I leave out the real baddies, who are closely attached to the nuclear industry, like Richard Wakeford, or Richard D as he calls himself on the anonymous website he has set up to attack me, "chrisbusbyexposed".

I saw him a few times talking down the accident on the television, labelled in the stripe as Professor Richard Wakeford, University of Manchester. Incidentally, Wakeford is a physicist, his PhD was in particle physics at Liverpool. But he was not presented as ex- Principle Scientist, British Nuclear Fuels, Sellafield. That might have given the viewers the wrong idea. Early on we saw another baddy, Malcolm Grimston, talking about radiation and health, described as Professor, Imperial College. Grimston is a psychologist, not a scientist, and his expertise was in examining why the public was frightened of radiation, and how their (emotional) views could be changed. But his lack of scientific training didn't stop him explaining on TV and radio how the Fukushima accident was nothing to worry about.

Then he mentions George Monbiot, and gets so juicy:

So what about Wade Allison? Wade is a medical physics person and a professor at Oxford. I have chosen to pitch into him since he epitomises and crystallises for us the arguments of the stupid physicist. In this he has done us a favour, since he is really easy to shoot down. All the arguments are in one place. Stupid physicists? Make no mistake, physicists are stupid. They make themselves stupid by a kind of religious belief in mathematical modelling. The old Bertie Russell logical positivist trap. And whilst this may be appropriate for examining the stresses in metals, or looking at the Universe (note that they seem to have lost 90% of the matter in the Universe, so-called "dark matter") it is not appropriate for, and is even scarily incorrect when, examining stresses in humans or other lifeforms. Mary Midgley, the philosopher has written about Science as Religion. Health physicists are the priests.

An exciting fields for name calling.
by das monde on Fri Apr 1st, 2011 at 06:27:43 AM EST
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das monde:
Stupid physicists? Make no mistake, physicists are stupid. They make themselves stupid by a kind of religious belief in mathematical modelling. The old Bertie Russell logical positivist trap. And whilst this may be appropriate for examining the stresses in metals, or looking at the Universe (note that they seem to have lost 90% of the matter in the Universe, so-called "dark matter") it is not appropriate for, and is even scarily incorrect when, examining stresses in humans or other lifeforms.
That doesn't prevent Chris Busby quoting models done by a colleague of his who works at CERN on the effect of Uranium as an absorber and re-emitter of background radiation inside the body.

Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Apr 1st, 2011 at 06:40:00 AM EST
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He is not entirely a hypocrite here, as he is basically saying:

whilst [math modelling] may be appropriate for examining the stresses in metals, [absorption and re-emission of background radiation] or looking at the Universe [even with the 90% punch] it is not appropriate for ... examining stresses in humans or other lifeforms.

So he has an excuse of distinguishing a couple of kinds of intelligence.

by das monde on Fri Apr 1st, 2011 at 06:52:48 AM EST
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No, but I think Frank Schnittger got the tone exactly right with his
anthropogenic background radiation exacerbation (none / 1) the new global warming, complete with deniers
This is so uglily political it's not even funny.

Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Apr 1st, 2011 at 07:05:20 AM EST
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