for Geoff and Karlo if a large number of cures exist for any one condition then none of them are valid. angech | February 25, 2014 at 6:40 am | Reply Judith, a small comment on the latest in a long line of excuses for the pause. In a medical setting we have a condition called plantar fasciitis. It has possibly over 200 cures. Most risible but all with just a hint of why it might work when the others don’t. One for instance is rolling a golf ball underfoot with the sore foot. There are operations, steroid injections, ultrasound, infrared, physio and chiropracty to name a few. Sadly none of them work any better than the others other than for the true believers who happened to accidentally get better at the time of their particular treatment. The only thing that works for nearly everyone is the passage of time. The parallels to the climate debate are obvious. There is a saying sort of equivalent to Occam’s razor here, that is, that if a large number of cures exist for any one condition then none of them are valid. Hence the more explanations one has to have to explain the pause the more likely that none of them are right. Which would mean I guess that natural climate and temperature fluctuations are the norm and chaotic enough to be beyond the scope of our current understanding, although we can recognize and predict the recurrent patterns of our daily and yearly cycles. Worse, the more explanations one has to have to explain the pause the more of a “turtles all the way down ‘ mentality one has to develop in reverse as each new argument demolishes the old arguments and sets an even harder benchmark. I am sure you could work this into a post but unfortunately you will be inundated with people’s medical problems and might miss the important argument being made here.