ASSOCIATION OF PRINCIPIA SCIENTIFIC INTERNATIONAL
(A PRIVATE CONSORTIUM)
"per veritas ad victoriam"
DEFINING WHO WE ARE:
Principia Scientific International (PSI) is a science association and active publisher of science articles, newsletters, compendiums and books both for altruistic and commercial purposes. We share the financial rewards from sales and take seriously our obligations to our members, financial backers, customers and others to place benefits for the broader community above private gain.
PSI AND POLITICS: THE BASIC PRINCIPLES
PSI is divested of any political purposes, and shall not engage in political activities; and strides for the advancement of the traditional scientific method (as per the ideas of Karl Popper) and resolute opposition to 'post-normalism' in science.
Principia Scientific International (PSI) was originally conceived in 2010 after 22 international climate experts and authors joined forces to write the climate science bestseller, ‘Slaying the Sky Dragon: Death of the Greenhouse Gas Theory.’
The two-volume publication is the world’s first and only detailed refutation of the greenhouse gas effect. According to prominent climate skeptic, Lord Monckton the book soon became " the talk of the Cancun Climate Conference."
PSI’s team of foreign language authors is currently at work translating the book into German, Portuguese and Swedish. A Spanish version is already on sale in response to increasing worldwide interest. Thereafter, our team will set to work translating other of our publications for greater foreign language use.
RE-ASSERTING TRADITIONAL SCIENTIFIC METHODS
Despite our achievements in climate science publishing our prime focus is tackling the root cause of the malaise that befell climatology: the rise of post-normal science.
Climate science was the most conspicuous victim of a hijack attempt of science for global political policy purposes and stands as a stark warning of the insidious power of post-normalism. As President Dwight D. Eisenhower foretold, the monolithic juggernaut that is government science (a key driver of post-normal rationale) is all too easily able to subvert open science debate and deny empirical evidence when it suits.
All around the world supporters of the traditional scientific method are expressing fears that unless principled people unite to stem its ascendancy; ‘post-normal’ science will rise again and again in various guises.
It is the science blogging community that has become the self-appointed watchdogs of science ethics and through them has emerged Principia Scientific International.
Thanks to the modern miracle of the Internet a grassroots movement exposed the myth of so-called runaway 'greenhouse gas' warming. Further landmark achievements are sure to follow as long as openness and transparency reigns.
British legal analyst and science writer, John O’Sullivan pursued a vision to form a large body of experts united in opposing the worst excesses of government-funded science. PSI would succeed where lone voices had failed. From the outset PSI was driven by retired Dutch Analytical Chemist, Hans Schreuder, Texan engineer and science writer, Joseph A. Olson and Canada's most popular climatologist, Dr. Tim Ball. Dr. Ball is the appointed Chair of PSI.
In July 2011 PSI published the first of a series of science papers under the optimistic banner of Principia Scientific International. All PSI's published papers are thoroughly peer-reviewed among a team of highly qualified experts. PSI is particularly proud of all it’s papers not least our first by Biologist, Professor Nasif Nahle and Astrophysicist, Joe Postma. These and all our subsequent free-to-view papers are located in the 'Publications' section of this website.
POLITICIZATION OF THE SCIENCE ESTABLISHMENT
PSI showcases work by authors who have for too long been stymied by unsympathetic mainstream journals and publishers appearing to act as politicized 'gatekeeper' functionaries.
Science, like any profession is as likely to be prone to human failings leading to corruption, misconduct and criminality. But in recent years there has grown deep divisions in the scientific community; fears abound that ‘good’ government science is too often tainted by zealous political advocacy infecting the upper echelons of certain national science associations.
If you are a scientist or science-related professional also met by what appears a gatekeeping mentality by more orthodox science journals and publishers. Then rest assured that you are not alone. Please contact us for advice and support.
You will find PSI is replete with like-minded men and women who have found that so many leading science journals and national science academies appear to have sold out to a hidden political agenda.
PEER REVIEW IN OPEN MEDIA ('PROM')
Scientists and the wider general public have grown increasingly mistrustful and wary of what is reported about science. Rightly or wrongly the traditional peer review process has fallen into some disrepute. The world has learned how a fledgling branch of science, Climatology, has become tarnished by a series of well-documented scandals.
What has been exposed is an international 'grading system' among science journals that ranks publications for their adherence to an arbitrary code that is sinister and corruptive of an objective peer review process. Grassroots scientists, especially those active in the blogosphere, are welcoming a new approach: open peer review.
We call the new concept Peer Review in Open Media ('PROM') and it will be carried out in the familiar user-friendly format of the most popular contemporary science blogs.
As per our policy statement commitment, PSI is a champion of the new medium of mass peer-to-peer open scientific review. We will ensure that a team of fully qualified reviewers openly and objectively reviews all scientific papers that bear the PSI seal.
As such, to build our body of experts, we are always looking for highly qualified and experienced new members to join our reviewing team. So whether you are interested in becoming a PSI Expert Reviewer, or simply want to be part of an exciting new movement in international science, please join us today.
OUR BROAD STRATEGY FOR CHANGE
PSI aims to restore the image of the vast majority of scientists by proactively applying viable strategies (e.g. creating educational publications, lobbying, blogging, public speaking, media/marketing and pursuing legal remedies as a last resort) by:
- lobbying policymakers to address perceived misconduct
- exposing bias and promoting transparency (via 'PROM' process)
- confronting poor professional practice
- correcting misinformation
PSI welcomes scientists and all concerned citizens who support the Scientific Method and wish to see corruption in science exposed and remedied. PSI commits itself to advancing the formal creation of a new concept: open online peer-to-peer review. We believe such real time transparent assessment of the latest scientific findings will become the new 'gold standard' of peer review to replace the secretive and readily corruptive 'pal review' system at the root of the malaise within modern science.
TRANSPARENCY, STAKEHOLDING, QUALITY ADMINISTRATION
Transparency is as important to PSI as it was to Karl Popper. Each new stakeholder gets a clear idea of how PSI has performed. We will make an annual report detailing what PSI has done and how this has benefited the community.
PSI aims to affiliate with other organizations that share our values and support our ethos to conduct our business with a social purpose. As the association grows we will consult with our stakeholders with a view to adopting a more rigorous institutionalized legal and financial format of association e.g. either as a limited company (limited by guarantee, public or private companies limited by shares), CIC (as per UK law) or charity. This will be accordance with our stated policies.
FINANCIAL BENEFITS FOR MEMBERS
In the short term, PSI is first and foremost a private association carrying on a social activity and must be viable as such. As a business with social goals we will need to generate surpluses to support all our activities, maintain our vital assets, deliver our promised contribution to the community and in some cases make a limited return to investors.
Thus far we have kept overheads low by working as committed volunteers. In future we will charge a small premium to cover our overheads and pay token recompense to our most dedicated and hard-working contributors.