It begins as a routine office visit to your physician. You innocently inquire that you’d be interested to see your blood pressure records. The doctor does not respond. Your next visit comes along, and in passing you ask for the same set of your personal blood pressure records. But again, no data is provided.
After several more unanswered requests, you finally ask the physician if your blood pressure records were deleted. The doctor doesn’t confirm or deny that. Rather, he explains that regardless of their disposition, those records are of no possible value to you. That’s because of a few special insights that he and his team have developed over the years.
First, the older blood pressure instruments were not accurate enough. In comparison to those buggy whips, modern instruments are a thousand times more precise.
Second, the older blood pressure measurements were all taken on the WRONG ARM.
You realize that he still hasn’t answered your original question, so you respectfully ask again for your blood pressure records. The doctor finally suggests that all of those older records had been buried under the foundation of his office building years ago.
Instead using his proprietary simulation software, he had already calculated what your blood pressure has been every day, from the instant you were born to now and until the day you expire. With such a powerful and superior tool, he has simply replaced your lifelong blood pressure records with that single simulation result. Conveniently, his team have certified that all the world’s blood pressure records are captured by his single simulation, and everyone’s blood pressure records have been adjusted accordingly.
This scenario is based on a true event relating to so-called Ocean Acidification (OA) assertions. One reason that the metaphor is strong, is because both your blood and the ocean are circulating mediums of salty water. The intermediate questions of measurement locations and how accurate such measurements must be, are directly applicable to both mediums.
This blog is partly inspired by the continued omission of 80 years of instrumental data from contemporary OA scientific products. The missing 2 million data points comprise a majority of the world’s historical ocean pH measurements.
An original version of this essay was published by the Marine Biological Association (Incorporated by Royal Charter) in 2016 at:
It can no longer be accessed via an apparent stealth edit. I’ve offered to help them restore it, because after all, it was a rebuttal to this article about my pH concern, which the MBA maintains:
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